Maastricht University High Potential scholarships

Maastricht University aims to further strengthen our position as a leading European university offering high-quality education with an international orientation. To this end, we implements a pro-active recruitment policy for international students, in particular for the Master’s programmes. Scholarships are made available by the Maastricht University Scholarship Fund in order to encourage talented students from outside the EU/EEA to follow a Master’s programme at our university. One of these scholarships is the Maastricht University High Potential scholarship.


Who is eligible?

You must be admissible for a master’s programme or graduate programme for professionals  at Maastricht University and not be older than 35 years at the start of the academic year. You may apply simultaneously for a master’s programme and this scholarship.

Additional requirement for Psychology: you must be ranked in the top 5 % of your Bachelor’s programme (full programme). This must be proved by an official statement of the University.

Please note that your scholarship application will not be taken into consideration without this top 5% statement.


As an applicant you must have obtained excellent results in your previous studies. This must be shown in the application file by including for example grade lists or reference letters. In case of equivalent qualification we will give preference to applications which show that the applicant is among the top 5%.


You must come from a country outside the EU/EEA and meet the requirements for obtaining an entry visa and residence permit for the Netherlands.


Duration of the High Potential scholarship

The High Potential scholarship is awarded for the duration of the Master’s programme with a maximum of 12 months. In case of a two-year Master’s programme the Scholarship Committee will award the scholarship for a maximum of 24 months.


Amount of the High Potential scholarship programme 2016-2017

Living expenses € 10.500 paid to students by Scholarship Office
Insurance € 520 arranged and paid by Scholarship Office
Visa Costs € 304 arranged and paid by Scholarship Office
Tuition fee € 13.000 or € 17.500 arranged and paid by Scholarship Office

Application and selection

Students can download the application form here. On the section Application and Selection, you can find information about how to send in the application form. This differs per faculty.


The UM High Potential Scholarship and the Holland Scholarship are combined programmes. Therefore, to be eligible for the High Potential Scholarship, you will have to apply for the Holland Scholarship at the same time. You can do this by going to the following link (choose the section incoming).

Application deadline: February 1st 2016

For the scholarship assessment, the Scholarship Committee takes all elements of the application into account. Including the level of previous study programmes, academic excellence, motivation, status of the home institution, the connection with the prior study programme, future career plans and references.

Please check the Maastricht University High Potential Scholarship Terms and Conditions before applying.

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