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Holland Scholarship - Incoming students

The Holland Scholarship is intended for talented international students who would like to follow an English-taught Bachelor’s programme at Leiden University.

1 February 2021
Target group
Countries/ nationalities
All nationalities, with the exception of EU/EEA, Swiss and Surinamese passport holders
Scholarship type
Archaeology, Humanities, Governance and Global Affairs, Social and Behavioural Sciences

For who

For talented non-EEA students enrolling in one of the following English-taught Bachelor’s programmes:

  • Archaeology
  • Arts, Media and Society
  • Cultural Anthropology and Development Sociology
  • Dutch Studies
  • English Language and Culture
  • International Relations and Organisations
  • International Studies
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences: Global Challenges
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives
  • Psychology
  • Security Studies
  • South and Southeast Asian Studies
  • Urban Studies

Eligibility requirements

  • You are not an EU/EEA, Swiss or Surinamese passport holder.
  • You are not eligible for support from the Dutch study finance system.
  • You have never studied at a Dutch university or a Dutch university of applied sciences. 
  • You have completed your pre-university education outside The Netherlands.

Additional note for UK passport holders:

You are not eligible for the Holland Scholarship for incoming students in this application round (for Bachelor's programmes starting in September 2021).


You must agree to the Terms and Conditions of the Holland Scholarship.


One-off payment of € 5,000 – which you will receive after arrival in The Netherlands in your first year of studies.

Note: The Holland Scholarship is not a full scholarship. Non-EEA Holland Scholarship recipients must still submit ‘proof of sufficient funds’ for their student visa/residence permit application.

Application process

  1. Compose a letter of motivation (max. 500 words) specifically for the Holland Scholarship. In your letter, explain why you are a talented student, taking into account both your academic achievements and relevant extra-curricular activities (e.g. voluntary work).
    Note: there is no need to describe your financial situation, as financial need is not a selection criteria for the Holland Scholarship.
  2. Before 1 February, submit an online application for admission for one of the above-mentioned Bachelor’s progammes at Leiden University.
  3. Indicate in your online application that you are applying for the Holland Scholarship and upload your scholarship motivation letter where indicated.

Selection process

A selection committee will review all applications for the Holland Scholarship, taking into account prior academic achievement and the information provided in the letter of motivation. You will be notified of the outcome by Leiden University Scholarships Team (up to) 6 weeks after the deadline.

Specific information

For further information visit the Study in Holland website.


The Holland Scholarship is made available by Leiden University, Nuffic, VSNU, Vereniging Hogescholen and the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.


The student is responsible for submitting a complete application before the deadline mentioned above. Leiden University cannot be held responsible for late and/or incomplete applications.

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