Utrecht Sylff Scholarships

In short

Eligible candidates
  • Outstanding University College Utrecht graduates
  • Outstanding Economics and Business Economics graduates (at Utrecht University)
Amount of scholarship
  • At least 25,000 USD per year for non-EU students, but variable
  • At least 10,000 USD per year for EU students, but variable
Number of scholarships

Approximately three

Provided by

Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF)

Aim of the programme

The Utrecht Sylff Scholarship offers a number of outstanding prospective graduates from University College Utrecht and the bachelor’s in Economics and Business Economics the opportunity to pursue a master’s programme in the field of Humanities or Social Sciences (including Economics) at Utrecht University. The scholarship programme is highly selective: only the very best candidates are eligible for a Sylff grant. Candidates for the grant need to have potential leadership qualities.


It is not possible to apply for the Utrecht Sylff Scholarship. Candidates will be nominated by their Faculty. The deadline for nominations is 1 April.

Duration of the scholarships

Selected students will receive a scholarship for a maximum period of 12 months. It is possible to extend the grant for two-year master’s programmes.

Scholarship amount

As this is an international programme, the scholarship is in US dollars. The amount is variable, depending on nationality (see above). The Sylff Scholarship is intended to make a significant contribution towards the costs of travel and living expenses while studying in Utrecht. You must find additional funding to be able to fully finance your study and stay.

Eligibility criteria

The applicant must meet the following eligibility criteria in order to be considered for this scholarship:

  1. Be a student or recent graduate of one of the programmes mentioned above.
  2. Hold a non-Dutch passport and not be eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans (“Studiefinanciering”).
  3. Have been admitted to one of the international Master’s programmes of Utrecht University in the field of Humanities or Social Sciences (including Economics).
  4. Be able to comply with the conditions to obtain a Dutch residence permit (if applicable).

Selection criteria

Eligible candidates will be selected for a scholarship based on the following criteria:

  1. Their ambition to play a leading role in making a positive difference in society at either a local or global level.
  2. Their academic quality and results in their bachelor’s programme, as evidenced by grades, test scores, publications etc.
  3. Their active involvement in their study programme and in extracurricular activities.
  4. Their ability to work together across cultures and disciplines.

Selection procedure

Students will be nominated by their Faculty before April 1. For questions, please contact:

UCU: Prof. dr. Susan te Pas, s.tepas@uu.nl
USE: Marloes van Diggelen MSc, m.l.vandiggelen@uu.nl

A selection committee will rank the nominations and submit these to the SYLFF organisation at the end of April. In June, SYLFF will award the selected students a grant for a specific Master's programme and starting date.