Graduate School of Social Sciences Amsterdam Merit Scholarship for Non-EU/EEA Students

Are you curious about the master’s in Social Sciences at VU Amsterdam? The Graduate School of Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam is happy to inform the Amsterdam Merit Scholarship for talented and hard-working students.

The AMS scholarships are highly competitive program open to students from non-EU/EEA nationalities commencing unconditionally to a Master’s program of the Graduate School of Social Sciences in The Netherlands.

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Graduate School of Social Sciences Amsterdam Merit Scholarship

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The Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) was founded in January 2009 and is an educational institute of the University of Amsterdam. It stands for excellence and diversity of social science graduate programs in human geography, planning, international development studies, political science, sociology, and anthropology.

Why study at GSSS of the University of Amsterdam? GSSS aims to provide high-quality support services to faculty and students alike. It offers challenging and engaging teaching at the cutting edge of academic research and a thought-through mix of taught and independent study.

Application Deadline: 13 January 2023, 23:59 CET.

Brief Description

  • University or Organization: University of Amsterdam (UvA)
  • Department: Graduate School of Social Sciences
  • Course Level: Master program
  • Award: Tuition fee discount
  • Access Mode: Online
  • Number of Awards: A limited number of scholarships
  • Nationality: International (non-EU/EEA)
  • The award can be taken in the Netherlands


  • Eligible Countries: non-European Economic Area (EU/EEA) countries
  • Acceptable Course or Subjects: The scholarship will be awarded for a degree program at the Graduate School of Social Sciences. Master’s programs are highly demanding and fully taught in English.

Master’s programs:

  • Comparative Politics (Political Science)
  • Conflict Resolution and Governance
  • Cultural and Social Anthropology
  • Cultural and Social Anthropology: Applied Anthropology (track)
  • Cultural and Social Anthropology: Visual Anthropology (track)
  • Economic Geography (Human Geography)
  • European Politics and External Relations (Political Science)
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Human Geography
  • International Development Studies
  • International Relations (Political Science)
  • Medical Anthropology and Sociology
  • Political Economy (Political Science)
  • Political Geography (Human Geography)
  • Political Science
  • Political Theory (Political Science)
  • Public Policy and Governance (Political Science)
  • Sociology
  • Spatial Sustainability Studies
  • Urban Geography (Human Geography)
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Research Master’s programs

  • International Development Studies
  • Social Sciences
  • Urban Studies
  • Admissible Criteria: Candidates desiring to take part in the Amsterdam Merit Scholarship program must meet the following requirements:
  • Hold a non-EU/EEA passport and not be eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans and/or the low tuition fee.
  • Be fully admitted to a degree program at the Graduate School of Social Sciences. Scholarship continuation is not guaranteed when a candidate changes their degree program.
  • The AMS will not be awarded to candidates having to complete a preparatory program (pre-masters) before their master,
  • The only exception is if a candidate is required only to complete the Summer School Program: Comprehensive Introduction to Research Methodology and Design (of which the applicant bears the costs).
  • Be admitted unconditionally to a Master’s program of the Graduate School of Social Sciences, this program being the first program for the applicant, either at bachelor level or master level, in The Netherlands.
  • Be able to comply with Dutch visa regulations.
  • Be enrolled at the UvA as full-time student for the academic year and the program for which the scholarship is awarded.
  • The candidate should not receive a full coverage scholarship for the same study period as the AMS scholarship. Notify the scholarship office when another full scholarship has been awarded and accepted.
  • Scholarship continuation for subsequent years of study depends upon satisfactory study progress.

How to Apply

  • How to Apply: To be considered for the AMS award program, applicants must complete and submit a Master’s application with all required documents, including valid language test scores.
  • Supporting Documents: All required documents must submit to support an applicant:
  • Scan of the identity page of the passport
  • Letter of motivation
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Financial plan
  • Proof of language test scores
  • Admission Requirements: The master’s program applicants want to apply for might set extra requirements such as academic and language requirements. Applicants must check the entry requirements of a Master’s program before applying.
  • Language Requirement: A high level of English language proficiency is expected of all applicants.


The scholarship consists of an amount equal to the tuition fee. Scholarship holders will also receive their grants in monthly installments. AMS awards are only granted to candidates who have been acknowledged to one of the English-taught, selective Master’s programs of the GSSS upon enrolment.

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