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Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship (AES)

Amsterdam Law School

AES application deadline

The deadline for application is 15 January 2019 - please note, this is earlier than the 1 April deadline for general admission.

Please note that this scholarship is not available for Information Law (Research master) and Public International Law (Research master) students.


Candidates wishing to apply for an AES scholarship of €25.000,- 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 (Studiefinanciering; for more information please refer to The scholarship office should be notified as soon as possible throughout the academic year of any change in nationality, type of residence permit, and/or possible support via Studiefinanciering.
  • Be (provisionally) admitted to an English-taught LLM programme at the Amsterdam Law School. 
    Please check the general application requirements for the programme of your choice.
  • Be (provisionally) admitted to a Master's programme at the UvA for the first time. AES will not be awarded to candidates who are seeking a second Master's degree, or attending a second Master's programme, at the UvA.
  • Be able to comply with Dutch visa regulations as indicated by the Dutch Immigration Service (IND).
  • Be enrolled at the UvA as a full-time student for the academic year and programme for which the scholarship is awarded. Scholarship funding is not guaranteed if a candidate changes Master’s programmes.
  • Not be in receipt of another scholarship for the same period of study as the AES. Students must notify the scholarships office if another scholarship has been awarded and accepted.

Selection criteria

Eligible candidates are selected for a scholarship on the basis of their academic excellence and promise in the proposed field as evidenced by:

  • the candidate’s academic records. LLB (or LLM) students belonging to the top 10% of graduates from their class can apply;
  • the academic quality of the educational institute from which the undergraduate or previous graduate programme has been obtained;
  • a letter of recommendation by a dean, teacher or academic supervisor;
  • the quality of the letter of motivation (maximum 500 words) in which the candidate explains the reasons for choosing the specific Master’s programme (broader context, relevance for future career);
  • a description of extracurricular activities such as participation in student commissions, international experience, sports or music at a high level or volunteer work;
  • Proof of English proficiency: TOEFL (internet-based) - score of 100 (with a minimum score of 25 for reading and listening skills and 24 for speaking and wirting skills. TOEFL ITP scores are not accepted). IELTS (academic) - overall score of 7.0 (with at least 7.0 in each of the four components) - Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): grade A (Important: this is a higher score than is required for admission to the Amsterdam Law School) - Cambridge Certificate for Proficiency in English (CPE): grade C. Only native English speakers who have attended an English-language university (eg. in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia or New Zealand) are exempt
    * Please note that a waiver received during the application for a LLM programme is not valid for the AES scholarship;
  • the quality of the application as a whole (completeness, accuracy, consistency).

How to apply?

Applicants should write an AES letter of motivation (maximum 500 words) in which you explain the reasons for choosing the specific LLM programme (broader context, relevance for future career). This letter should be accompanied with the other required application documents:

  • Printed version of the completed online LLM application form
  • Certified copy of university transcript of grades
  • Certified copy of university diploma
  • English proficiency certificate (IELTS/TOEFL/Cambridge)
  • Two letters of reference written by a dean, teacher or academic supervisor
  • Curriculum vitae
  • a description of extracurricular activities such as participation in student commissions, international experience, sports or music at a high level or volunteer work;

The above mentioned documents must be received before 15 January 2019 as hard copies to:

University of Amsterdam
Amsterdam Law School
Admissions Office
P.O. Box 1030
NL-1000 BA Amsterdam
The Netherlands

For registered post:
University of Amsterdam
Admissions Office Amsterdam Law School
Valckenierstraat 59
1018 XE Amsterdam
The Netherlands


Specific questions may be emailed to the Admissions Office of the Amsterdam Law School.

Admissions Office

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