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Maastricht University Holland-High Potential Scholarship 2023-24


The Maastricht University (UM) Holland-High Potential Scholarship programme offers 24 full scholarships of € 30,000 (including tuition fee waiver and a monthly stipend) each academic year for highly talented students from outside the European Union (EU) who have been admitted to a master’s programme at UM.

The Scholarship programme consists of both the High Potential Scholarship (funded by the Maastricht University Scholarship Fund) and the Holland Scholarship, which is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science in conjunction with Dutch universities and universities of applied sciences. It is aimed at international students from outside the EU/EEA who wish to follow a full degree programme in the Netherlands.


  • Living expenses € 12,350 (13 months) or € 23,750 (25 months)

  • Health & liability insurance € 700

  • Visa application costs € 207

Selection Procedure:

  1. Step 1: The UM International Services Desk checks if all applications are complete after 1 February 2023.

  2. Step 2: The UM International Services Desk will send all applications to each UM Faculty in February 2023.

  3. Step 3: Each Faculty selects and ranks their top 5% of scholarship applicants and sends these to the UM International Services Desk for a final check in March 2023.

  4. Step 4: The UM International Services Desk confirms the Faculty selections by the end of March 2023.

  5. Step 5: The UM International Services Desk will inform all candidates of their application status in April 2023. Your status will be selected, waitlisted or rejected by the beginning of May 2023. Waitlisted application statuses will be changed to selected or rejected by May 2023. Scholarship awardees will receive more information about the UM Pre-Academic Training programme and arrival in Maastricht upon receiving their award letters. The UM Pre-Academic Training is a three-week mandatory component of the UM Holland-High Potential Scholarship programme. The Pre-Academic Training takes place in August 2023.

  6. Step 6: You must sign and return the award letter to the UM International Services Desk to accept the scholarship


All candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • You hold nationality in a country outside the EU/EEA, Switzerland or Surinam and meet the requirements for obtaining an entry visa and residence permit for the Netherlands.

  • You do not hold a double nationality from an EU/EEA country.

  • You have applied for admission to a participating full-time master’s programme at Maastricht University for the 2023-2024 academic year.

  • You meet the specific admission requirements of the UM master programme to which you have applied.

  • You have never participated in a degree-seeking higher education programme in the Netherlands. Students who have completed exchange programmes in the Netherlands are welcome to apply.

  • You are not older than 35 years of age on 1 September 2023.

  • You have obtained excellent results during your prior education programmes, as demonstrated by your latest grade transcript or certified by academic excellence. If several applicants are equally qualified, UM will prefer applicants whose academic transcript or certified letter of academic excellence demonstrates that they are among the top 5% of the 2023-2024 scholarship programme applicants.


  • February 1, 2023

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