Holland Scholarship

Scholarship for non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a Leiden University English taught bachelor programme starting September 2017.

IMPORTANT: The new application round for the Holland Scholarship will be announced in November 2017, after which this webpage will be updated. Thank you for your understanding.

About the Holland Scholarship

The Holland Scholarship aims to enthuse international talent to follow a study programme in The Netherlands. It is jointly financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and Dutch research universities and universities of applied sciences.

For whom?

The scholarship is meant for international students from outside the European Economic Area (EEA) enrolling in a Leiden University English taught bachelor programme starting in September 2017.

The EEA consists of the European Union member states and Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. Students from Switzerland and Surinam have the same rights as EEA nationals. Therefore they are not eligible for the Holland Scholarship.

Eiligible study programmes

The following bachelor programmes are eligible for the Holland Scholarship:

- Archaeology
- Arts, Media and Society
- Dutch Studies
- International Studies
- International Relations and Organisations
- Liberal Arts and Sciences: Global Challenges
- Philosophy: Global and Comparative Perspectives
- Psychology
- South and Southeast Asian Studies

General conditions

  1. The Holland Scholarship will be awarded to the most talented students. Therefore you have to write a letter of motivation to support your application for the scholarship, in which you explain why you are a talented student.

  2. You hold a non-EU/EEA passport and is not eligible for support from the Dutch study finance system.

  3. You will follow a bachelor’s programme in The Netherlands for the first time.

  4. You are not currently studying or has already studied at another Dutch research university or university of applied sciences.

  5. You have completed your pre-university education outside The Netherlands.

  6. You accept the Terms and Conditions of the Holland Scholarship.

Scholarship amount

The Holland Scholarship consists of a one-time payment of € 5.000, which you will receive in the first year of your studies.

If you are awarded the Holland Scholarship, then you are free to spend the amount to best meet your needs.  

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that the Holland Scholarship is not a full scholarship. You will need to find additional funding to be able to finance your study and subsistence costs for the full duration of your bachelor programme. Leiden University advises a budget, not including the tuition fee, of approximately € 12.000 to € 15.000 per year to cover the costs for rent, insurance, living expenses, study materials, and local transport. How much money you will actually need will of course depend on your life style and spending habits.

Application procedure

Step Procedure Deadline
1 Fill in your online application for admission to Leiden University.*



The 2018 application deadline
will be announced in November 2017.


Applications submitted after
the deadline will not be considered.

2 Upload all required documents for admission.
3 Indicate that you would like to apply for the Holland Scholarship on the scholarship page.
4 Upload your letter of motivation for the Holland Scholarship on the scholarship page.
5 Submit your online application.
6 Pay the application fee.

Scholarships Team informs all Holland Scholarship applicants of the selection results.


* If you have already submitted your application for admission and want to be considered for a Holland Scholarship, please send an email to scholarships@sea.leidenuniv.nl. Clearly state the following information: your interest to apply for the Holland Scholarship 2017 for prospective students, your full name, your application number and the name of the bachelor programme you have applied for. You also need to include a letter of motivation (in PDF) in your email. Please do respect the deadline. Mails sent after the deadline of 1 February 2017 will not be considered.

Selection process

A selection committee will review the applications for the Holland Scholarship, taking into account the applicants' prior academic achievement, motivation and extra-curricular activities.

More information and contact

Would you like to have more information about the Holland Scholarship?

Download the Holland Scholarship flyer (PDF) or visit the Study in Holland website.

If you have any questions about the eligibility criteria and/or application procedure for the Holland Scholarship at Leiden University, you can send an email to scholarships@sea.leidenuniv.nl.

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

Last Modified: 17-08-2017