Utrecht Excellence Scholarships for International Students

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Are you an international student dreaming of pursuing a Master’s degree in Europe? Utrecht University in the Netherlands offers an exciting opportunity for non-European Economic Area (EEA) students through the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship (UES). This prestigious scholarship provides financial support for selected Master’s programs in various fields.

Hosted by Utrecht University, the UES aims to attract top-notch students from outside the EU who wish to study in the Netherlands. The scholarship covers tuition fees or, in some cases, both tuition fees and the required income linked to a residence permit for study, as set by the Immigration and Naturalisation Service. The duration of the scholarship aligns with the nominal duration of the chosen Master’s program.

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To be eligible for the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship, you need to meet the following criteria:

  1. Belong to the top 10% of your graduating class.
  2. Hold a non-EU/EEA passport and not be eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans.
  3. Have completed your secondary school and/or Bachelor’s degree outside the Netherlands.
  4. Apply for an eligible international Master’s program at Utrecht University starting from September 2023.

Keep in mind that not all Master’s programs at the university participate in this scholarship. You can check the Utrecht University website for a list of eligible programs and to see if the UES is mentioned as a scholarship opportunity.

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Applications for the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship are usually open from November 1, 2022, for prospective students who have already applied to an eligible Master’s program. The application deadline is January 31, 2023, at 23:59 CET. After this date, the application portal will be closed, and no further submissions will be accepted.

For more detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship and other financial matters, please visit the official scholarship website at

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