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Utrecht Excellence Scholarship 2024


The Utrecht Excellence Scholarship (UES) is a highly selective program for talented international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA = the EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, and Norway) who wish to study for a master’s degree at Utrecht University.

The funds for the scholarships come from the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship Fund, established by Utrecht University, and contributions from Utrecht University alumni.

Founded in 1636 and located in the heart of the Netherlands, Utrecht University is one of Europe’s leading research universities. They are recognized internationally for their high-quality, innovative approach to research and teaching.t.


The Utrecht Excellence scholarship can be awarded as:

  • the tuition fee, or

  • the tuition fee plus the income required for a period of one year linked to a residence permit for study as determined by the IND (Immigration and Naturalisation Service).

  • The scholarship can be renewed for the second year of a two-year master’s program.


To be eligible for a Utrecht Excellence Scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:

  • They must belong to the top 10% of their graduating class.

  • They must not hold an EU/EEA passport and not be eligible for support under the Dutch study grant and loan system.

  • They must have completed their secondary school and/or bachelor’s degree outside the Netherlands.

  • They must have applied for an international master’s program with a start date of 1 September 2023. Not all programs participate. Please check Master’s program> Tuition fees and financial support to see if the Utrecht Excellence Scholarship is mentioned as a scholarship opportunity.

Deadline: February 1, 2024

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