Mr Julia Henriëtte Jaarsma-Adolfs Fund

This scholarship is meant for exceptionally talented and motivated students, from within and without the EU, who wish to pursue an LLM at the Amsterdam Law School. Students must be (conditionally) admitted to an LLM and selection is based on (undergraduate) academic records and motivation. Students who apply must belong to the top 10% of their class.

Application deadline

The deadline for application is 15 January 2018 -- please note, this is earlier than the 1 April deadline for general admission.

Applicants for the master International Criminal Law cannot be considered for thios scholarship.


Trudie Vervoort-Jaarsma studied psychology at the UvA in the 1960s. Her parents were high-profile jurists in Surabaya in the former Dutch East Indies. The two funds established from her bequest commemorate her mother, a successful lawyer who amassed a substantial share of the family's wealth, and her own daughter, who also studied psychology at the UvA and who died at a young age. Believing travel to be vital in students' academic training, she designated the scholarship specifically for this purpose.


One Mr Julia Henriëtte  Jaarsma-Adolfs Fund scholarship will be awarded every academic year. If the scholarship recipient is a non-EU citizen, the scholarship grant   covers approximately €15.000 for non-EU tuition fees and €10.000 for living expenses. If the scholarship is awarded to an EU citizen, the scholarship will be €12.000, covering €2000 for the tuition fee and €10.000 for living expenses. 

Selection criteria

All applicants for the Mr Julia Henriëtte  Jaarsma-Adolfs Fund scholarship will be subject to strict selection criteria. These criteria are as follows:

  1. Excellent grades during the undergraduate programme: students must belong to the top 10% of their class, with a GPA of at least 8 (on a scale from 1-10). Students must provide proof by submitting a formal statement from the dean and examinations board. 
  2. The academic quality of the university where the undergraduate degree was obtained will be taken into account.
  3. The candidates must place their motivation for the specific Master’s programme in context and explain the relevance of this choice for their future career (academic or professional) in letter of motivation (max. 500 words).
  4. Talent for academic research will be proven by means of a letter of recommendation from a teacher or academic (thesis) supervisor, and a telephone interview (if needed).
  5. Candidates must be able to demonstrate participation in certain extracurricular activities such as university/student committees, experience abroad, sports, or music at a high level, or voluntary experience. 
  6. Candidates must not be eligible for financial support from the Dutch government (study financing).
  7. Overall quality of the application.
  8. Proof of English proficiency:
TOEFL (paper-based) overall score of 600, with a Test of Written English score of 5.5
TOEFL (computer-based) overall score of 250, with Test of Written English score of 5.5 
TOEFL (internet-based) overall score of 100
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
Cambridge Certificate for Proficiency in English (CPE) grade C

Exceptions will be made for students who have English as their native language and completed a university degree in English (in either the UK, Ireland, the US, Canada, Australia or New Zealand).


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Published by  Amsterdam Law School

18 July 2017