1 February 2020


Maastricht, Netherlands

(Fully Funded)


Maastricht University Holland-High Potential scholarship-Maastricht University 

This scholarship for  intended for excellent students from outside the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA) who wish to do a master’s or a professional education programme at Maatricht University.

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The scolarship is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education,Culture and Science in conjunction with Dutch universities and universities of applied sciences.Maastricht University (UM) is the most international university in the Netherlands and, with more than 16000 students and 4000 employees, is still growing. The university stands out for its innovative education model, international character and multidisciplinary approach to research and education.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences:
    -MA Art, Literature and Society
    -MA Arts and Heritage: Policy, Management and Education
    -MA Arts and Culture: spec. Politics and Society
    -MA European Public Affairs
    – MA European Studies on Society, Science and Technology
    -MA European Studies: spec. Europe in a Globalising World
    -MA European Studies: spec. European Politics and International Relations
    – MA European Studies: spec. European Public Policy and Administration
    -MA Globalisation and Development Studies
    -Research Master Cultures of Arts, Science and Technology
    -Research Master European Studies
    -MA Media Studies: Digital Cultures
  • Faculty of Law:
    -LLM European Law School: spec. European Law & Market Integration
    -LLM European Law School: spec. European Public Law & Governance
    -LLM European Law School: spec. Free track
    -LLM Forensics, Criminology and Law
    -LLM Globalisation and Law: spec. Corporate and Commercial Law
    -LLM Globalisation and Law: spec. General track
    -LLM Globalisation and Law: spec. Human Rights
    -LLM Globalisation and Law: spec. International Trade and Investment Law
    -LLM International and European Tax Law: spec. International and European Tax Law
    -LLM International and European Tax Law: spec. International and European Tax Law
    Specialisation Customs and International Trade
    -LLM International and European Tax Law: spec. International and European Tax Law
    Specialisation Tax and Technology
    -LLM Advanced Master in Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management
    -MSc Advanced Master in Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management
  • Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences:
    -MSc Biomedical Sciences
    -MSc Epidemiology
    -MSc Global Health
    -MSc Governance and Leadership in European Public Health
    -MSc Health Education and Promotion
    -MSc Healthcare Policy, Innovation and Management
    -MSc Human Movement Sciences: spec. Health and Rehabilitation
    -MSc Human Movement Sciences: spec. Sports and Nutrition
    -MSc Work, Health and Career
  • Faculty of Science and Engineering:
    -MSc Biobased Materials
    -MSc Systems Biology
    -MSc Data Science for Decision Making
  • Faculty of Psychology & Neuroscience:
    -MSc Psychology: spec. Development Psychology
    -MSc Psychology: spec. Health and Social Psychology
    -MSc Psychology: spec. Neuropsychology
    -MSc Psychology: spec. Legal Psychology
    -MSc Psychology: spec. Work and Organisational Psychology
    -Research Master Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience: spec. Cognitive Neuroscience
    -Research Master Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience: spec. Drug Development and Neurohealth
    -Research Master Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience: spec. Fundamental Neuroscience
    -Research Master Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience: spec. Neuroeconomics
    -Research Master Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience: spec. Neuropsychology
    -Research Master Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience: spec. Psychopathology

    -MSc Forensic Psychology
    -MSc Psychology: spec. Cognitive Neuroscience

    NOTE:The admission deadline for these study programmes is 15 January 2020. Please apply for the
    study programme before this deadline, otherwise you will not be considered for the scholarship.)

  • School of Business and Economics:
    -MSc Business Intelligence and Smart Services
    -MSc Economics
    -MSc Economics and Strategy in Emerging Markets
    -MSc Financial Economics
    -MSc IB/Entrepreneurship and SME Management
    -MSc IB/Information Management and Business Intelligence
    -MSc IB/Sustainable Finance

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

The Period of this program between 13 to 25 months

  • 13 months for a one-year Master’s program.
  • 25 months for a two-year Master’s program.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • Candidates must meet the following requirements:
    • You hold nationality in a country outside the EU/EEA and meet the requirements for obtaining an entry visa and residence permit for the Netherlands.
    • You have applied for admission to a full-time Master’s programme at Maastricht University for the 2019-2020 academic year. Please click here for a full list of the Master’s programmes participating in this scholarship programme.
    • You meet the specific admission requirements of the UM Master’s 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 2019.
    • 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 give preference to applicants whose academic transcript or certified letter of academic excellence demonstrate that they are among the top 5% of the 2019-2020 scholarship programme applicants.

Opportunity Cost

(Fully Funded)

  • Living expenses:  € 12350 for 13 months or € 23750  for  25 months.
  • Health & liability insurance € 520.
  • Visa application costs € 192.
  • Tuition fees € 13,000, € 15,000 or € 17,500 depending on the tuition of your study programme.
  • Pre-Academic Training costs € 695.

How to Apply

Step 1: 

Register for one of the participating Master’s programmes at Maastricht University. For further details on how to register for a Master’s programme at UM, please see your prospective programme’s webpage. Once you have submitted your application via Studielink, you will receive a student ID number for Maastricht University. You will need a student number in order to complete and submit the Scholarship Application Form (see Step 2 below).

Step 2: 

Please fill in the application form, upload the following documents in .doc, .docx, or PDF format, and submit your application. Please note that you will only be able to submit your application once, so please ensure that all of your documents and referee contact details are up-to-date. If you have applied for multiple UM study programmes, the UM International Services Desk will ensure that your complete Scholarship application is considered for all eligible programmes for which you have a conditionally approved or approved admissions status.

  • Curriculum vitae. Your CV should be up-to-date, contain relevant information about your education and (job) experience, and should not be longer 2 A4 pages.
  • Letter of motivation. Your letter of motivation should be up-to-date and specifically tailored to this Scholarship programme. Generic letters of admission that do not directly address your motivation for UM Holland-High Potential Scholarship selection will be rejected. Your letter of motivation should be no longer than 1 A4 page. Be sure to argue why this scholarship is important to you, why you should be selected, and what your role as an ambassador of Maastricht University would be during your scholarship period, and during the upcoming years after you finish your studies at UM.
  • Proof of academic excellence. You may upload one of the following documents in order to prove your academic excellence: 1. Your University transcript that explicitly states your grade point average or class ranking (i.e. first class honours) for your entire study programme; or, 2. A letter signed by your institution’s Head of Department or Registrar stating that you are one of the top 20 students in the graduating year of your study programme. Please ensure that the letter contains the contact details of your Head of Department or Registrar.
  • The contact details of one referee. Please note that we will be in contact with your referee and ensure that you take the following steps when choosing a referee and submitting their details.
     Relationship to applicant: indicate your referee’s connection to you; is this your professor, thesis supervisor, employer? Please remember that family members may not function as referees.
    Work telephone number of your referee: Be sure to include the applicable country calling code.
     Work or institutional email address of your referee. Letters referencing only a personal email address will be rejected.

Step 3

Contact the referee you provided in your application form and ask them to submit their reference letter by email by 1 February 2019.


  • Please note that you will only be able to submit your application once, so please ensure that all of your documents and referee contact details are up-to-date.
  • Only the Master’s programmes in the list above are eligible for a UM Holland-High Potential scholarship.
  • You can apply for the Master’s programme at UM and the scholarship simoultaneously. However, you must be conditionally approved for admission to your Master’s programme in order to be awarded a scholarship.
  • if your study programme requires the payment of a handling fee as part of your programme’s admissions procedure, UM International Services Desk does not cover handling fees. You are responsible for paying any handling fee your programme may require by 1 February 2020. To check whether your programme requires the payment of a handling fee, please check your programme’s webpage under the menu tab ‘Admission requirements’.

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This Scholarship Published by:
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