The Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) is an educational institute of the University of Amsterdam. Founded in January 2009, it has been built upon existing institutional structures. The Graduate School has about 1000 registered Master’s students of various nationalities.

Our ambition

Our ambition is to be a dynamic, multifaceted institution marked by high academic standards, an open intellectual international atmosphere, and a vibrant ‘academic commons' with multiple public events, where Dutch and international students and faculty engage in debates, in seminars and in the classrooms.

Diversity and excellence

At the Graduate School of Social Sciences we stand for diversity and excellence of social science graduate programmes in the areas of:

  • human geography
  • planning
  • international development studies
  • political science
  • sociology
  • anthropology

We aim at providing high quality administrative services to faculty and students alike. We seek to improve consistency of processes and standards across the graduate programmes and continuous review and improvement of education in order to maintain rigorous academic standards.

About the University of Amsterdam

A modern university with a rich history, the University of Amsterdam (UvA) traces its roots back to 1632, when the Golden Age school Athenaeum Illustre was established to train students in trade and philosophy. Today, with over 30,000 students, 6,000 staff and a budget of € 850 million, it is one of the larger comprehensive universities in Europe. The UvA has a broad academic curriculum. The university’s academic research is at the top

Scholarship details

Eligible programmes

All English-taught master's programmes at the Graduate School of Social Sciences

Scholarships available

1 scholarship per country for students from:

  • Indonesia
  • Russia

Value of the scholarship

To be confirmed, but will equal the tuition fee for 2021-2022.

Duration of scholarship

Entire duration of studies


Academic requirement

Bachelor's degree

English level

  • TOEFL iBT min. score 100
  • IELTS min. score: 7.0
  • CEFR min. score 1

Other requirements

GPA: 3.0

Working experience needed?

No, working experience is not a requirement

More information

OTS is part of the UvA-Amsterdam Merit Scholarship Programme. This is also why the deadline is early. This also explains why the number of scholarships is limited.

Contact person


Programme information

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How to apply

Application deadline

13 January 2021

Documentation to provide

  1. Proof that you have started the admission process with the institution
  2. Motivation letter specifically written for OTS: this letter is different from the general motivation letter for the programme, as it focuses on the reasons why you think you needs to be selected for OTS.
  3. For some programmes we will require letters of reference, chosen research questions or a written work.

Terms and conditions

By applying for OTS you agree to the Orange Tulip Scholarship terms and conditions.

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