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Funding and Fundraising

The University of Amsterdam has a rich history and a strong reputation. It also has a tradition of generous private donors whose contributions enable the University to invest in additional scientific and student facilities.

A sizeable share of the funding for academic research and education comes from the Dutch government, but this does not cover everything. As such, the University of Amsterdam seeks additional funding from private individuals, foundations and companies in order to make it possible to realise new initiatives. One such important initiative is the Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship, an international scholarship programme. The UvA has 'ANBI' status (it is a recognised charity), which means that donating to this programme (or another) could be fiscally attractive. Would you like to know more? If so, please contact Juliette Nieuwland from the Alumni Relations and University Fund Office, for information free of engagement.

Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship

Starting in the 2014-2015 academic year, the UvA will be offering 15 especially talented students from outside of the European Union an Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship of €25,000. The UvA is the only university in the Netherlands to offer a full Master's degree scholarship to top international talent. Drawing in top international students fits in with the internationalisation strategy of the UvA and contributes to an ambitious study culture. The 15 scholarship students will attend a supplementary programme in addition to their Master's programme together with 15 highly talented Dutch students. Scholarship applications will be subject to a strict selection procedure: the participants will be among the best 10 per cent of their year.
The UvA is seeking support for this programme among its alumni, friends and the business community. A scholarship (€25,000 for a one-year Master's programme; €50,000 for a two-year research Master's programme) covers the tuition fees for non-EU students as well as subsistence expenses. Contributions to an Amsterdam Excellence Scholarship start at €250. Donations can be made by individuals or by groups, e.g. at a reunion or anniversary celebration.

Amsterdam University Fund

In addition to the University itself, the Amsterdam University Fund also raises and administers funds on behalf of the University of Amsterdam. The Amsterdam University Fund is an independent foundation focused on projects in the fields of research, academic-cultural heritage, study and travel scholarships and student services. Each year the fund grants approximately half a million euro in subsidies. The different channels for donations and the way in which students and researchers can request subsidies are described in detail on the Amsterdam University Fund website.