CEU Praesidium Libertatis Scholarship

For outstanding students from the Central European University in Hungary.


The CEU-Praesidium Libertatis scholarship focuses on good governance, sustainable development and social transformation within Europe and on a wider global scale. It was initiated to support EU member states in Eastern Europe, prospective EU member states and EU neighbouring countries in their development as emerging democracies.

As Leiden University offers a wide-range of high quality academic programmes and research facilities in this field, it offers 2 full scholarships every year to recent CEU graduates to foster their academic development and professional career.

For whom?

The CEU-Praesidium Libertatis scholarship is only open for currently enrolled degree students who will receive a diploma from CEU by the end of the current academic year (2016/2017).

Details of the scholarship

The CEU-Praesidium Libertatis scholarship covers:

  • Waiver of the application fee (only applicable for students who have been pre-selected by CEU)
  • Full waiver of the tuition fee
  • A monthly stipend of € 1.164 (based on 10 months)
  • Reimbursement of the costs for a health insurance
    (max. € 500, based on actual costs, if applicable)
  • Reimbursement of the costs for a residence permit
    (max. € 350, based on actual costs, if applicable)

It is possible to submit applications for several scholarship programmes simultaneously. However, it is not possible to combine scholarships which are provided by Leiden University (e.g. Leiden University Excellence Scholarship (LExS) or Sino-Dutch Scholarship programme) or bilateral agreements.

Which programmes?

The following (advanced) master programmes, starting in September 2017, are eligible for the CEU-Praesidium Libertatis scholarship:

Master of Art Programme
International Relations, duration 1 year

Master of Science Programmes
Public Administration, duration 1 year
Political Sciences, duration 1 year

(Adv) LL.M. Programmes
European Tax Law, duration 1 year
European and International Business Law, duration 1 year
European International Human Rights Law, duration 1 year
International Children’s Rights, duration 1 year
Public International Law, duration 1 year
International Tax Law, duration 1 year
International Civil and Commercial Law, duration 1 year
Law and Digital Technologies, duration 1 year
Air and Space Law, duration 1 year

Application procedure at Leiden University

Step  Procedure Deadline
1 Fill in your online application for admission to Leiden University. 1 March 2017
2 Upload all necessary documents.
3 Indicate that you would like to apply for the Leiden-CEU Praesidium Libertatis scholarship on the scholarship page.
4 Submit your online application.
Students who are pre-selected by the CEU Budapest selection committee are exempted for the payment of the application fee.
6 The applications of the pre-selected students are reviewed by a selection committee at Leiden University.
7 All Leiden-CEU applicants will be informed about the final selection results by Leiden University. May / June 2017

Application procedure at CEU

Step Procedure Deadline
Follow the application procedure as set by CEU.
17 February 2017
2 CEU selection committee reviews the scholarship applications and sends an overview of the pre-selected students to the Scholarships Team of Leiden University. 1 April 2017


For the awardees of the CEU-Praesidium Liberatis scholarship, a studio apartment is is available in the Praesidium Libertatis house. This historical canal house is located in the city centre of Leiden.

Contact details

If you have any questions about the CEU-Praesidium Libertatis scholarship, please contact:

Ms. Ildiko Torok, Financial Aid Coordinator at the Central European University 
Phone: +36 1 327 3000 ext. 2175 
Email: TorokI@ceu.edu

Terms and conditions

Please read the terms and conditions of the CEU-Praesidium Libertatis scholarship carefully.

Living expenses

One of the requirements for being granted a residence permit in the Netherlands is that students must submit proof that they have sufficient financial means to finance their study period in the Netherlands. Leiden University advises a budget, not including the tuition fee, of approx. €12,000 to €15,000 per year to cover the costs for rent, insurance, living expenses, course books and local transportation. How much money students actually spend will of course depend on their life style and spending habits.

Disclaimer: 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.

Last Modified: 15-12-2016