2024/2025 NL-High Potential Scholarship for International Students at Maastricht University – Netherlands

Applications are being accepted from international students for the 2024/2025 NL-High Potential Scholarship at Maastricht University. The Scholarship will provide exceptional support for highly talented students from outside the European Union (EU) who have been admitted to a master’s programme at the university.

The Scholarship programme consists of both the High Potential Scholarship (funded by the Maastricht University Scholarship Fund), and the NL 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.

Maastricht University (UM) is the most international university in the Netherlands and, with nearly 22,000 students and 4,400 employees, is still growing. The university distinguishes itself with its innovative education model, international character and multidisciplinary approach to research and education.


  • Master’s degree

Targeted Countries

  • International students


  • Netherlands


  • 1-2 years

Eligibility Criteria for the Scholarship

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicant must:

  • 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.
  • not hold a double nationality from an EU/EEA country.
  • have applied for admission to a participating full-time master programme at Maastricht University (participating programmes) for the 2024-2025 academic year. 
  • meet the specific admission requirements of the UM master programme to which you have applied.
  • 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.
  • not older than 35 years of age on 1 September 2024.
  • 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 2024-2025 scholarship programme applicants.

Benefits of the Scholarship

  • €12,675 (13 months) or €24,375 (25 months) living expenses
  • Health & liability insurance (€700)
  • Visa application costs (€210)
  • Covers tuition fees
  • Covers pre-academic training costs
  • €25 (for first block only) for  International Student Ambassador Programme (ISAP)


The €12,675 for living expenses (€975 per month) covers the following expenses and can be broken down as follows (amounts are subject to change):

  • Housing: €450
  • Groceries and personal hygiene: €140
  • Telephone: €60
  • Travel: €70
  • Books and study materials: €60
  • Clothing, hobbies and going out: €105
  • Miscellaneous: €90

How to Apply for the Scholarship

Applicants must register for one of the participating master programmes at the university (participating programmes) before applying for the scholarship. Applicants are required to submit their application online. Candidates should ensure the online form is properly filled and submitted.

For further information about the scholarship application process, kindly CLICK HERE to visit the official webpage.

Required Documents

  • CV/Resume
  • Letter of motivation
  • Proof of academic excellence
  • Personal statement of financial needs.
  • A reference letter.
  • The contact details of one referee

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1st February, 2024