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Maastricht University Holland-High Potential Scholarship 2023 | Fully Funded

Applications are invited from suitably qualified international students for the Maastricht University Holland-High Potential Scholarship programme for highly talented students who have been admitted to a master’s programme at Maastricht University and wish to follow a full degree programme in the Netherlands.

The Maastricht University (UM) Holland-High Potential Scholarship programme offers 24 full scholarships of € 30,000 (including tuition fee waiver and monthly stipend) each academic year for highly talented students from outside the European Union (EU) who have been admitted to a master’s programme at UM.

The Scholarship programme consists of both the High Potential Scholarship (funded by the Maastricht University Scholarship Fund), and the Holland Scholarship, which is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science in conjunction with Dutch universities and universities of applied sciences. It is aimed at international students from outside the EU/EEA who wish to follow a full degree programme in the Netherlands.

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Maastricht University Masters Scholarship


Aim and Benefits of Maastricht University Masters Scholarship

  • Living expenses: € 12,350* (13 months) or € 23,750* (25 months)
  • Health & liability insurance: € 700*
  • Visa application costs: € 207
  • Tuition fees
  • Pre-Academic Training costs

Duration of the UM Holland-High Potential scholarship

  • 13 months for a one-year master programme
  • 25 months for a two-year master programme

Requirements for Maastricht University Masters Scholarship Qualification

  • You hold nationality in a country outside the EU/EEA, Switzerland or Surinam and meet the requirements for obtaining an entry visa and residence permit for the Netherlands.
  • You do not hold a double nationality from an EU/EEA country.
  • You have applied for admission to a participating full-time master programme at Maastricht University for the 2023-2024 academic year.
  • You meet the specific admission requirements of the UM master 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 2023.
  • 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 2023-2024 scholarship programme applicants.

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Documents Required for Application

  • Personal statement of financial needs
  • A reference letter
  • The contact details of one referee
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of motivation
  • Proof of academic excellence


Application Deadline

January 1, 2023


How to Apply

Step 1: Register for one of the participating master programmes at UM
For further details on how to register for a master 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 UM. You will need a student number in order to complete and submit the Scholarship Application Form (see Step 2 below).

  • Please note: only the master programmes in the list above are eligible for a UM Holland-High Potential Scholarship.

  • Please note: you first have to apply for the master programme at UM to receive your student ID, as soon as you have your student ID you can apply for the scholarship. However, you must be conditionally approved for admission to your master programme in order to be awarded a scholarship.

  • Please note: if your study programme requires the payment of a handling fee as part of your programme’s admissions procedure, the UM International Services Desk does not cover handling fees. You are responsible for paying any handling fee your programme may require by 1 February 2023. To check whether your programme requires the payment of a handling fee, please check your programme’s webpage under the menu tab 'Admission requirements'.

Step 2: Please fill in the application form, you need to log in with your UM account
Please use this link to fill out the application form. We can only accept applications via the application form.

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