Utrecht Excellence Scholarships

The Utrecht Excellence Scholarships (UES) shines as a beacon of opportunity for international students outside the European Economic Area (EEA) seeking to pursue a master’s degree at Utrecht University. With a strong emphasis on talent and excellence, this highly competitive program aims to nurture promising minds and enable them to thrive in their academic journey.


The Utrecht Excellence scholarship can be awarded as:

  • the tuition fee, or
  • the tuition fee plus the income required for a period of one year linked to a residence permit for study as determined by the IND (Immigration and Naturalisation Service).

Eligibility Requirements:

Eligible Criteria
Belong to top 10% of graduating class.
Non-EU/EEA passport holder.
Ineligible for Dutch study grant and loan system support.
Completed secondary school and/or bachelor’s degree outside the Netherlands.
Applied for an international master’s program starting on 1 September 2023.

Utrecht Excellence Scholarships Time Range:

Applications for the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship are open from 1 September 2023.

What to prepare before your applying for Utrecht Excellence Scholarships:

Confirm Eligibility: First of all, ensure you meet all the eligibility criteria outlined, including academic standing and nationality.


Select Eligible Program: Apply for an international master’s program with a start date of 1 September 2023 at Utrecht University. Verify if the program you’re interested in offers the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship.

Prepare Required Documents: Gather all necessary documents, which may include academic transcripts, letters of recommendation, and any other materials required by the university.

The scholarship can be renewed for the second year of two-year master’s programmes.

Application deadline:

Prospective students who wish to be considered for the scholarship must apply before February 1st 23:59 CET. The application portal will close at this time. Selection will only start after the deadline. They aim to publish the results by mid-April.

Facts about Utrecht Excellence Scholarships :

  1. The Utrecht Excellence Scholarship is a prestigious opportunity exclusively for non-EU/EEA students.
  2. It seeks to uplift the top 10% of graduating classes who exhibit exceptional talent and academic promise.
  3. This scholarship is aimed at those who wish to embark on an international master’s journey at Utrecht University.
  4. The scholarship, in the form of a tuition fee waiver, acknowledges excellence and supports the pursuit of higher education.
  5. Utrecht Excellence Scholarship recipients join a community of high-achieving individuals, fostering academic growth and global collaboration.

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