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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Equal Access Scholarship

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2500 EUR
01 Oct 2023
Application deadline


VU Amsterdam is a unique university with faculties in the humanities, STEM, social sciences and medical sciences. Their education and research are closely linked. They combine their top position in research with a strong social orientation, which has resulted in an excellent international reputation.


Scholarship type

Need based

Number of scholarships to award




Scholarship coverage

  • tuition fee reduction


They offer one scholarship to the winner of the Equal Access Scholarship. The Equal Access Scholarship is offered to students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds who are not eligible for government funding and have less access to financial and educational resources. 

Priority is given to students who face additional barriers in higher education including (but not limited to) first-generation students, students with refugee status, students with a disability, and young parents or caregivers with sole parent responsibilities.  

Applicable programmes


The scholarship is worth €2,500.


  • Applicants should demonstrate that they come from a low socioeconomic background or face current socioeconomic obstacles.
  • This scholarship is only available to students who are not eligible for government funding. If the majority of your tuition fees are covered by government funding or grants which do not have to be paid back, you are unfortunately not eligible for this scholarship. 
  • This scholarship can only be deducted from tuition fees. In order to be eligible for this scholarship, you must apply to the programme directly by submitting an application and pay the tuition fees independently. This scholarship is not available to students who apply to Semester in Amsterdam via a study abroad provider or university that pays the tuition fees on your behalf.

Scholarship requirements







Study experience required

High school




Application deadline

01 Oct 2023

Curriculum vitae (CV) including contact information, work experience, education, skills, languages, and any additional relevant information.

Motivational Essay of 500-1000 words describing your socioeconomic circumstances and the barriers you have experienced and/or overcome in order to access higher education. This letter should also include any relevant personal, professional, or academic goals and how you plan to use your Semester in Amsterdam to work towards these goals in order to create a positive impact in the future for yourself and your community.

A personal or professional letter of reference from a person who can attest to the obstacles you have had to overcome in order to study abroad.


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