Holland-High Potential Scholarship

 University Holland-High Potential scholarship 2023/2024

Maastricht University Holland-High Potential scholarship – The Maastricht University (UM) Holland-High Potential Scholarship program offers 24 full scholarships of €29.000 (including tuition fee waiver and a monthly stipend) each academic year for highly talented students from outside the European Union (EU) who have been admitted to a Master’s program at UM.

The Scholarship program 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 program in the Netherlands.

Who is eligible?

All candidates must meet the following requirements:

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 full-time Master’s program at Maastricht University for the 2023-2024 academic year.
List of the UM master’s programs participating in this scholarship program  
You meet the specific admission requirements of the UM Master’s program to which you have applied.
You have never participated in a degree-seeking higher education program in the Netherlands. Students who have completed exchange programs 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 programs, 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 demonstrates that they are among the top 5% of the 2023-2024 scholarship program applicants.

Duration of the UM Holland-High Potential scholarship

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

Amount of the UM Holland-High Potential scholarship program 2023-2024

Living expenses               € 12,350* (13 months) or € 23,750* (25 months)      Paid to students by the UM International Services Desk

Health & liability insurance     € 700*                                                                 Arranged for and paid by the UM International Services Desk

Visa application costs                € 192                                                               Arranged for and paid by the UM International Services Desk

Tuition fees                              € 13,800*; € 16,000* or € 16,800*                    Depending on the tuition of your study programme

Arranged for and paid for by the UM International Services Desk

Pre-Academic Training costs       At cost                                         Arranged for and paid by the UM International Services Desk

Application procedure

Step 1:Register for one of the participating Master’s programs at Maastricht University. For further details on how to register for a Master’s program at UM, please see your prospective program’s webpage. Once you have submitted your application via Studied link, you will receive a student ID number for Maastricht University. You will need a student number to complete and submit the Scholarship Application Form (see Step 2 below).

  • Please note: only the Master’s programs in the list above are eligible for a UM Holland-High Potential scholarship.
  • Please note: you can apply for the Master’s program at UM and the scholarship simultaneously. However, you must be conditionally approved for admission to your Master’s program to be awarded a scholarship.
  • Please note: if your study program requires the payment of a handling fee as part of your program’s admissions procedure, UM International Services Desk does not cover handling fees. You are responsible for paying any handling fee your program may require by 1 February 2023. To check whether your program requires the payment of a handling fee, please check your program’s webpage under the menu tab ‘Admission requirements’.

Step 2: Please fill in the application form:

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASoS)                                Application form*

Faculty of Health, Medicine, and Life Sciences (FHML)            Application form*

Faculty of Psychology and Neurosciences (FPN)                        Application form*

Faculty of Science and Engineering (FSE)                                    Application form*

Faculty of Law (FL) Application form*                                          Application form*

School of Business and Economics (SBE)                                     Application form*

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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 programs, the UM International Services Desk will ensure that your complete scholarship application is considered for all eligible programs 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 than 2 A4 pages.
  • Letter of motivation. Your letter of motivation should be up-to-date and specifically tailored to this scholarship program. 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 to prove your academic excellence: 1. Your University transcript that explicitly states your grade point average or class ranking (i.e. first class honors) for your entire study program; 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 program. 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 check the authenticity of your referee by contacting your referee. Therefore, 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, or 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.  
    – A reference letter from the referee you have provided.
  • We have prepared scholarship reference letter guidelines, please take a close look at the guidelines. Letters that do not agree with the guidelines are not taken into account. This means your application is incomplete. Please note that referees must be (former) professors, lecturers, or employers, and not family members. Recommendation letters should be dated and written no earlier than February 2023

Application deadline

The applications will be open in October 2023.

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.

STEP 1: Register for a master’s
programme via

Step 2: Fill out the application form
See the table in step 2

The form will be available in October 2023.

step 3:  you referee to send a reference letter

Selection procedure

Step 1: The UM International Services Desk checks that all applications are complete after 1 February 2023.
Step 2: The UM International Services Desk sends all complete applications to each UM Faculty in February 2023.
Step 3: Each Faculty selects and ranks their top 5% of Scholarship applicants and sends these to the UM International Services Desk for a final check in March 2023.
Step 4: The UM International Services Desk confirms the Faculty selections by the end of March 2023.
Step 5: The UM International Services Desk will inform all candidates of their application status in April 2023. Your status will be selected, waitlisted, or rejected by the beginning of May 2023 at the latest. Waitlisted application statuses will be changed to selected or rejected by May 2023. Scholarship awardees will receive more information about the UM Pre-Academic Training program and arrival in Maastricht upon receiving their award letters. The UM Pre-Academic Training is a three-week mandatory component of the UM Holland-High Potential Scholarship program. The Pre-Academic Training takes place in August 2023.
Step 6: You must sign and return the award letter to the UM International Services Desk to accept the Scholarship. 

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