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Uhlenbeck scholarship research master students

The Uhlenbeck scholarship research master students has been set up especially for research master students at the Faculty of Humanities. The programme provides a (supplementary) scholarship for your stay abroad.

Ten working days before the start of your stay abroad
Target group
Countries/ nationalities
All countries without a negative travel advice
Scholarship type
Study, Research

The programme’s focus consists of study, field work or research outside of the Netherlands. Are you leaving for an internship? Check whether you might be eligible for a scholarship from the Sustainable Humanities Internship Fund.


1. You are majoring in one of the following research master degree programmes at the Faculty of Humanities:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Asian Studies
  • History 
  • Linguistics 
  • Literary Studies 
  • Middle Eastern Studies 

If you are a student of African Studies, Latin American Studies or Classics and Ancient Civilizations you should apply for the Uhlenbeck Scholarship programme for mandatory study abroad here.

2. You will carry out one of the following activities:

  • Do research/field work leading up to credits
  • Studying at a host university as a free mover
  • Combine research/field work with studying at a host university as a free mover

Please be aware that the following activities will not be supported by an Uhlenbeck scholarship:

  • research in the framework of your thesis
  • study at a host university as an exchange student

3. You have not received a study/fieldwork grant from the Uhlenbeck scholarship programme during your current degree programme.

4. You have read the health and safety guidelines carefully before going abroad

5. The country or region that you want to visit is safe and has not been assigned one of the following classifications by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs: ‘We advise essential travel only’ or ‘We advise against all travel’.

6. Your grant application is on time. The final deadline for submission of the form is 10 working days before the start of your stay abroad. If you cannot make this deadline, please contact Rob van Leeuwen through studyabroad@hum.leidenuniv.nl

Amounts and additional requirements with regard to activities and EC’s


EC’s leading toward your degree

Additional application document(s)


Field work / research

10 or 15 EC

Approval from your Board of Examiners including both an outline of your plan and the amount of EC

€ 750

Field work / research

20 or 30 EC

Approval from your Board of Examiners including both an outline of your plan and the amount of EC

€ 1.000

Study for one semester at a host university as a free mover

20 or 30 EC

1. Approval from your Board of Examiners including both an outline of your plan or courses and the amount of EC

2. A letter of acceptance from the host university

€ 1.750


1. Prepare the following forms:

aApplication form (as a PDF file)
b. Payment request form (as a Word file)

Additional application document(s):

a. Approval from your Board of Examiners including an outline of your plan or courses and the amount of EC (as a PDF file). 

b. Only for free movers: a letter of acceptance from the host university (as a PDF file).

2. Send these documents in ONE email to scholarships@hum.leidenuniv.nl.

3. Register your study abroad period in Usis (via the Study abroad! tile). After clicking on this tile, please select Other and follow the next steps.

Important to know

You are allowed and encouraged to combine the Uhlenbeck grant with Lustra+ or other scholarships. Please see the scholarship webpage. Be sure to check the application deadlines!

Leiden University’s Financial Shared Service Centre will transfer the scholarship within 4 working weeks. Please be aware that (national) holidays can influence the duration of this process.

The Uhlenbeck scholarship programme is limited. The grants are processed on a first come first served basis (starting from January every year). We will communicate on this website when we expect that grants cannot be applied for anymore.

Contact us for more information

Concerning the application: Student Infomation Desk or (071-527 6485)
Concerning the conditions: Rob van Leeuwen (071-527 4179)

Professor E.M. Uhlenbeck

The scholarship programme has been named after Professor Bob Uhlenbeck, who was himself an example of a travel enthusiast and international oriented humanities scholar. After the Second World War Professor E.M. Uhlenbeck (1913-2003) started lecturing general and Indonesian linguistics at the University of Indonesia, after which he became Professor of Javanese in Leiden from 1949 to 1983. In 1953 he was visiting professor at the Linguistic Institute in Bloomington, Indiana, and in 1965 at the University of California at San Diego. From 1965 to 1966, Uhlenbeck was fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences in Stanford, California and in 1973 professorial fellow at The Australian National University in Canberra.

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