The Graduate School of Social Sciences (GSSS) is the educational institute of the University of Amsterdam where we host all master and research masterstudents in the social sciences. 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 38,000 students, and over 6,000 staff 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 of the international league in many respects. UvA staff publishes around 8,000 academic articles each year. The UvA is a member of the League of European Research Universities.

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:

  • India
  • Indonesia

Value of the scholarship

€ 16,900

Duration of scholarship

Entire duration of studies (12 months)


Academic requirement

Bachelor's degree

English level

  • TOEFL iBT min. score: 100
  • IELTS min. score: 7.0
  • Cambridge Cl advanced
  • GPA min score: 3.1

Other requirements

To be fully accepted in the programme, without any outstanding conditions; to have a strong letter of motivation and to be promising in their field as indicated by their letter of recommendation. Note that application for the master' s programme and the OTS are two separate procedures and that the application deadline is resp. 11 January and 13 January 2023

Working experience needed?

No, working experience is not a requirement

More information

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Programme information

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How to apply

Application deadline

13 January 2023

Note that application for the master's programme and the OTS are two separate procedures and that the application deadline is resp. 11 January and 13 January 2023

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.

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