Scholarship Procedure

The UCU Fund allocates scholarships for a maximum duration of the 3-year programme, with the expectation that the recipient remains in good standing* and continues on to complete the programme. In terms of selection, there is a clear separation of the admissions procedure and the scholarship allocation process.

General conditions

Scholarship applicants need to make a strong financial case in order to be awarded a scholarship. 

The total amount available for scholarships is limited.

On a yearly basis, at least one full scholarship (covering tuition and campus fees) is granted. All other scholarships are awarded in the form of a (partial) fee waiver. Only newly admitted candidates are eligible for scholarships; currently enrolled students are not considered. 

The following criteria apply:

Both Dutch and international students can apply for scholarships, applicants are all considered equally. Please note that applications for Financial Aid are reviewed primarily on a monetary needs basis. There are limited funds, so unfortunately we cannot offer all applicants a grant. Criteria for making a grant include family income and other resources available to the applicant.


Students who have indicated a financial need on their application form can upload all relevant documents together with their application. The deadline for completing the form is together with the application deadline is 1 December.

Applicants need to clearly indicate the financial resources they have available, not including potential (i.e. unpredictable) income from summer or part-time jobs.

Important documents that you will need during the application process include:

  • a statement from your parent /guardian’s employer, 
  • a copy of his and/or her last pay check, 
  • and/or a copy of his and/or her most recently filed federal income tax return.

All documents if not already provided in Dutch or English, must be translated.

UCU offer

Applicants who have received an UCU offer and are waiting for a scholarship decision are able to postpone deposit payment until the scholarship decision has been released.


Completed Financial Aid Application forms will be passed to the Scholarship Committee for needs assessment after the student has been admitted. 


The final decisions will be made by the Scholarship Committee. Decisions will be need-based with the intention of offering scholarships to as many applicants as possible.


The final decision will be communicated to the applicant in a separate letter (from the admissions decision) by the Admissions Officer. All scholarships will be in the form of tuition waivers and/or deductions of other UCU fees only. The award letter clearly states the amount awarded, which will be waived from the total amount on the UCU invoice.

For non-EU/EEA scholarship recipients, please refer to the Financial Means webpage of the Utrecht University when completing your visa/residence permit application.

Students who receive a scholarship and begin studies at UCU are expected to inform the administration about any positive improvements in their personal financial situation after the start of their studies. This will help the institution better understand the ongoing needs of all scholarship recipients, and to make any appropriate adjustments to reflect those needs (in partnership with the students themselves).


If you have further questions, please email

*See Academic Rules and Regulations for explanation of good standing. If awarded, further information can be found in the Terms and Conditions of the Award Letter.