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 master programmes of the UvA Graduate School of Social Sciences, research masters excluded.

Scholarships available

1 scholarship per country for students from:

  • Russia
  • India
  • Indonesia

Value of the scholarship

€ 14,960

Duration of scholarship

Entire duration of studies (12 months)


Academic requirement

Bachelor's degree

English level

  • TOEFL iBT min. score: 100, reading 24, listening 22, writing 24, speaking 23
  • IELTS min. score: 7.0, with 6.5 for partial scores
  • Cambridge Cl advanced and C2 proficiency Min. score: Cl advanced, min 190

Other requirements

GPA: 7.5 Dutch System

Working experience needed?

No, working experience is not a requirement

More information

Contact person


Programme information

Institutions main page

How to apply

Application deadline

1 April 2022

Documentation to provide

  1. Curriculum Vitae in English
  2. Recommendation letter
  3. 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.
  4. Budget plan

Terms and conditions

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

Apply for OTS