1 February 2020



(Partially Funded)


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.

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The Holland Scholarship is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) who want to do their bachelor’s or master’s in the Netherlands.

This scholarship is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science as well as several Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • 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

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

Grant award period

The grant is awarded for one year and can only be received once.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

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

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 2020).

Opportunity Cost

(Partially Funded)

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

How to Apply

First Step:

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).

Second Step:

Before 1 February, submit an online application for admission for one of the above-mentioned Bachelor’s programmes at Leiden University.

Third Step:

Indicate in your online application that you are applying for the Holland Scholarship and upload your scholarship motivation letter where indicated.

Application criteria

  • Your nationality is non-EEA.
  • You are applying for a full-time bachelor’s or master’s programme at one of the participating Dutch higher education institutions.
  • You meet the specific requirements of the institution of your choice. You can find these on the website of the institution.
  • You do not have a degree from an education institution in the Netherlands.


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

  • There is no need to describe your financial situation, as financial need is not a selection criteria for the Holland Scholarship.

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This Scholarship Published by:
Eslam Elfouly / Egypt

Reviewed by” Wahiba El Zayat/ Egypt
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