Utrecht Excellence Scholarships for International Students


The Utrecht University which is situated in Utrecht, Netherlands provides this scholarship. Being established in 1636, this university is one of the oldest in the country and one of the largest general research universities in Europe till now. It has got seven faculties including Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Law, Economics and Governance, Geosciences, Science, Medicine and Veterinary Medicine. In conjunction with being graded as the 13th best university in Europe, it also got the tag of being the best university in Netherlands in 2013 by the Shanghai Ranking of World Universities.

Scholarship Provider:

The internationally renowned Utrecht University, Netherlands arranges for this scholarship as an assist to potentially remarkable students (international students from Non-EU or EEA countries) for pursuing a Master’s Degree in certain number of fields.

Area of Study:

  • From the several faculties, only the specified Master’s Programs that are made available by the University will fall under the scholarship settlement and will be available to apply for scholarships.
  • To check if a specific program’s tuition fee of a particular faculty is financed by the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship, please, do visit the website: uu.nl/masters.
  • On the website, please go for the “master’s program” section followed by the “Tuition fees and financial support” section to make sure whether the university is mentioned as a scholarship opportunity for your chosen program or not.

Benefits of the Scholarship:

  • The scholarship can be granted either to cover up the tuition fees or an additional €11,000 can be paid with the tuition fees to reimburse the living expenditures.
  • The scholarship grants partial supports contrasting to a full-fledged one. Thus some additional financing sources might get necessary to be attained for backing up your inclusive lodging and study.
  • The period of the granted scholarship will last one year (12 months) or two years (24 months) depending on the tenancy of the degree programs.
  • The renewal of the scholarship for the second year (24 months) will be approved only if a satisfactory progress of the particular student is seen concerning the degree program.


The essential criteria required to apply for the Utrecht Excellence Scholarships are:

  • Having a Non-EU/EEA passport (Non-European Union /Non-European Economic Areas)
  • Must not have entitlements to any support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans
  • The secondary schooling and/or the Bachelor degree of the graduate must have been done outside the Netherlands
  • The graduates must have records of residing in the top 10% of their class
  • Candidates must have also applied for an international master’s program which will start from 1 September 2017

How to Apply:

  • Ensure the submission of an application for a specific Master’s Program first, so that your desired scholarship grant gets effective and starts processing gradually.
  • As soon as Non-EU/EEA students apply for any Master’s Program, they will have opportunities to submit applications for Utrecht Excellence Scholarships
  • To get considered for the scholarship, potential students must apply before 1 February each year
  • As per the deadline is concerned, the date can remain as before 1 December instead of 1 February in some cases. Please, click the “When to Apply” section under the Admission and application of your selected Master’s Program.
  • The applications for the 2017-2018 academic session is now open (from November)
  • Visiting the official website (link given in the Contact section) is a must to gain thorough insights on particular scholarships and detailed information on the procedures to apply.


For complete information about applying for the Utrecht Excellence Scholarships, please visit the following websites: