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Cosmos Malabaricus Pilot Scholarship

Cosmos Malabaricus is an upcoming project of Leiden University, The Netherlands and Indian partner institutions that aims to make the digitized archival sources of the Kerala and Tamil Nadu Archives more accessible to Indian and international scholars and to the widest possible audience, in particular to the people of Kerala.

1 April 2022 (Starting date: 1 September 2022)
Target group
Bachelor, Master
Countries/ nationalities
Indian nationals
Scholarship type

About the scholarship

The digitized archival sources will be made more accessible (a) by further developing the existing digital Dutch- and English-language inventories of their contents, (b) by transcribing, translating and editing a selection of these sources to produce a series of source publications, and (c) by capacity building in India: training Indian archivists and historians (and related scholars) in the use (incl. palaeography,  epigraphy) of these seventeenth- and eighteenth-century sources for the purpose of further research and heritage making and in the wider context of Indian Ocean studies.

In preparation of the project, the Leiden Institute for History provides a Cosmos Malabaricus Pilot scholarship for an outstanding Indian graduate history student to do an MA in (Colonial and Global) History with a specialization in the early modern history of Kerala as based on Dutch archival sources. Following the regular one-year MA programme, the student will receive specialist training in the Dutch language and the Dutch colonial archive for another 6 months.

Who can apply?

We invite applications from outstanding Indian history students with minimally a BA-degree who want to do an 18 months MA programme in History, specializing in Colonial and Global History at Leiden University. Graduate history students with recent outstanding expertise/experience in the early modern history of Kerala and/or the Dutch colonial empire in South Asia will be given priority. Students without any expertise/experience in these specific fields are not eligible to apply.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for a CSC-Leiden University Scholarship, you must:

  • be a citizen of India
  • hold a BA in History
  • have a high level of English language proficiency
  • submit two letters of recommendation of academic historians in South Asian, Colonial and/or Global History

Scholarship amount

The scholarship includes:

  • Full waiver of the tuition fee for the MA-programme
  • Full waiver of the residence permit fee
  • Living allowance of approximately € 30,000 for 18 months
  • Return ticket from India to the Netherlands to a maximum of € 1.500
  • Supervision
  • Dutch-language course

Application process

  1. Submit your CV and a concise (max 400 words) application letter with your specific motivation and concrete academic capacities relating to the Cosmos Malabaricus project.
  2. Two separate letters of recommendation should be sent by academic historians in the fields of South Asian, Colonial and/or Global History
  3. Both application and letters of recommendation should be sent before 1 April 2022 to j.j.l.gommans@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

Selection process

The selection process is taken care of by the Executive Board of Hortus Malabaricus at Leiden University.


For more information on the studying at Leiden University, please click here.


The prospective Master’s candidate is responsible for submitting an application that is complete, correct and on time by following the steps described above. Leiden University cannot be held responsible for late, incomplete and/or incorrect applications for the Hortus Malabaricus Pilot scholarship.

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