Excellence Programme (MSc/Non-EEA)

The Excellence Programme is initiated by Wageningen University & Research to attract excellent students for a Master’s programme, and who might have the potential to do a PhD after their MSc graduation. In Wageningen or elsewhere.

Available scholarships: 10

Application deadline for MSc programme: 1 February 2023

Start MSc programme: 1 September 2023

Components of the scholarship:

  • A tuition fee waiver for the duration of the programme (24 months)
  • A budget for one seminar in Europe (travel, stay, registration fee)
  • A budget for participation in the 'Future Potential programme'


  1. You come from a country outside the European Economic Area (and Switzerland)
  2. You have applied for one of the MSc programmes at Wageningen University & Research before 1 February 2022. Please see: How can I apply for the master’s programme?
  3. You have a high GPA of 80% or higher. A First Class honours BSc graduation or equivalent is required
  4. One or two letter(s) of recommendation uploaded during your MSc application; written by a dean, teacher or academic supervisor that demonstrates your affinity and talent for academic research

Selection procedure

The selection procedure for this scholarship is based on invitation. It’s not possible to apply directly.

Step 1: Apply for an MSc programme before 1 February, 2023

If you feel that that the requirements above apply to you, you can apply for an MSc programme and, after being unconditionally admitted, we might invite you to participate in the Excellence Programme selection procedure.

For the MSc application please see: How can I apply for the master’s programme? (Non EU/EFTA)

A list of Wageningen University MSc programmes can be found here

Step 2: Invitation to apply

In March 2023, all students who have been unconditionally admitted to an MSc programme at Wageningen University will be assessed with regard to the Excellence Programme.

A selected group of candidates will be invited by e-mail on April 17th, 2023 to participate in the Excellence selection procedure. Only candidates who are invited to take part in the selection procedure will receive an e-mail.

The first step of the selection procedure consists of an assignment for which the deadline will be April 27, 2023.

Step 3: Result of the selection process

On May 15, 2023, the result of the selection process will be communicated to all candidates submitted an assignment.

The possible results are:

  • Positive and an Excellence Programme scholarship will be granted;
  • Positive but the candidate will be placed on a waiting list;
  • Negative, meaning that no Excellence Programme scholarship will be granted.

Step 4: Updates/changes

No updates/changes

Important dates for the Excellence programme at a glance: 

February 1, 2023: Deadline to apply for an MSc programme

April 17, 2023: Invitation of selected candidates to take part in the selection procedure (approx. 30 candidates will be selected)

April 27, 2023: Deadline for the assignment

May 15, 2023: Results of the selection procedure communicated