Graduate School of Child Development and Education

Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship (AES)

Graduate School of Child Development and Education

The AES is a full scholarship (covering tuition and living expenses) for one academic year with the possibility of extension for a second year

General information

In 2014, a new prestigious scholarship programme was launched, targeting exceptionally talented Master’s students from outside Europe. The AES is a full scholarship of €25,000 (covering tuition and living expenses) for one academic year with the possibility of extension for a second year (for two-year Master’s programmes).

Are you an exceptionally talented student, from a non-EU/EEA country, do you meet the requirements and are you interested in applying for the AES-scholarship programme? Then you're welcome to apply.  

Please keep in mind that you must have been accepted to our (Research) Master's programme before you are entitled to the AES. We advise you to apply for the Research Master's programme before applying for the AES. The application for the scholarship and programme are two different submissions. You need to submit your application for the programme online. The application for the scholarship has to be sent via e-mail to rmcde@uva.nl.

Selection procedure

The AES is a competitive scholarship allocated annually by the University of Amsterdam and focuses on exceptional talented and motivated students with a non-European Economic Area (EEA) nationality. Therefore the selection procedure will strongly focus on academic performance. Please note that you must belong to the top 10% of your class and have an overall GPA of at least 8 (scale 1-10) to be considerate for the scholarship. Also sufficient English language skills are a selection criterion. Requirements regarding English language level are*:

  1. TOEFL:
    (paper based): overall score of 600, with a Test of Written English score of 5.5
    (computer-based): overall score of 250, with Test of Written English score of 5.5
    (internet-based): overall score of 100
  2. IELTS (academic): overall score of 7.0 (with at least 7.0 in each of the four components
  3. Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE): grade A
  4. Cambridge Certificate for Proficiency in English (CPE): grade C

English language test results may not be older than 2 years. Students who are native English speakers and have completed an English-taught university programme do not have to submit test results.

Besides academic performance, affinity with research, motivation and extracurricular activities are also part of the selection procedure.  
The selection procedure for the AES consist of 2 phases:

  1. Pre-selection by the Graduate School of Child Development and Education: The Graduate School of Child Development and Education collects the incoming applications and selects the most promising and eligible candidate for the AES scholarship. Only complete applications are taken into consideration. Subsequently the Graduate School of Child Development and Education nominates the candidate who completed the most high-quality and promising application file for the AES.
  2. Selection by the central selection committee: The central selection committee selects the eventual candidates amongst the pre-selection pool, mainly based on academic performance.

Application instructions

You need to apply via e-mail before 15 January 2018. Please note that only complete applications will be taken into consideration, and only applicants who also submitted a full application file for admission to the Research Master’s programme (this is a separate application procedure, see here).

A complete application consists of the following documents:

  • Application Form AES 
  • Proof of belonging to the top 10% of your class; a statement that indicates your ranking. This statement is only accepted if it is signed by the examinations board or dean of your previous education. 
  • Motivation letter (max. 500 words); in which the candidate explains the reasons for choosing the specific Master’s programme (broader context, relevance for future career) and the importance of receiving the scholarship;
  • Certified grade transcript of your Bachelor’s programme; including your GPA. If your grade transcript does not show a GPA, please include a separate statement with your GPA from the educational institute.
  • Curriculum Vitae including extra-curricular activities (e.g., participation in student committees, international experience, sports or music at a high level or volunteer work)
  • English proficiency test;
    • TOEFL: (paper based): overall score of 600, with a Test of Written English score of 5.5
      (computer-based): overall score of 250, with Test of Written English score of 5.5
      (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
    • One or two letter of recommendation(s);  written by a teacher or academic supervisor that demonstrates your affinity and talent for academic research. 

Please send your complete AES application to: rmcde@uva.nl. Your application for admission to the research  master’s programme should be submitted online.

Application deadline

The application deadline for the academic year 2018-2019 is 15 January 2018. However, we recommend students to apply as early as possible.

Published by  GSCDE

18 October 2017