Aim of the scholarship

The Social and Behavioural Sciences Excellence Scholarship offers a number of highly talented prospective students the opportunity to pursue a degree in one of the following two-year English taught Master’s programmes:

This scholarship programme is highly selective. Only candidates showing the highest achievement and promise may receive a scholarship. The scholarship is provided by the Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Utrecht University. Approximately 16 scholarships are awarded per year.

Criteria for eligibility

Eligible candidates are selected for a scholarship on the basis of the following criteria:
1. Their academic excellence and promise in the proposed field of study;
2. The academic quality and results of the preceding education, as evidenced, for example, by grades, test scores, publications, letters of recommendation;
3. The quality and relevance of the motivation letter (academic content, intercultural and communication skills, personal motivation);
4. The quality of the application itself (completeness, accuracy, consistency).
In order to be considered for this scholarship you should:

  • have a non-Dutch nationality;
  • hold a non-Dutch Secondary education degree;
  • have been admitted to one of the two year Master’s programmes mentioned above;
  • be able to comply with the conditions to obtain a Dutch visa if applicable. 

Failure to meet one or more of these criteria automatically means the student is not eligible for this scholarship.

Amount of the scholarship

  • for EU/EAA students: 10.500 euro living expenses per year (max 2 years). Please take note: the statutory tuition fees for EU/EAA students (2017-2018: € 2.006) are not covered.
  • for non EU/EAA students: 10.500 euro living expenses per year (max 2 years) + waiver for the institutional tuition fees for non EU/EAA students (For 2017-2018: € 15.167). Please take note: the statutory tuition fees (2017-2018: € 2.006) are not covered in this waiver. As one of the requirements for being granted a residence permit in the Netherlands, students from abroad must prove to the IND (Immigration and Naturalisation Office) that they have sufficient financial means.

The scholarship will only be renewed for the second year if the student is making satisfactory progress towards the degree. Students should be aware that the grant is not a full scholarship, and that it may be necessary to find additional funding to be able to finance study and stay completely. Read more about the budget the University advises.

Deadline and application

The application deadline was February 1, 2017. Applications arriving after this deadline will not be considered. 

The Board of Admissions will be checking the eligibility to be nominated with the above mentioned criteria of all the nominees. Secondly, they will review the application files and will make a selection. The selected candidates will be offered a Social and Behavioural Sciences Excellence Scholarship at the latest in March.

For more information, please contact the faculty’s International Office at

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