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Holland Scholarship - Outgoing

The Holland Scholarship (outgoing) is intended for talented Leiden University Bachelor's and Master's students who want to study, undertake research, or do an internship at an institution or company outside the EEA.

1 April 2022
Target group
Bachelor, Master
Countries/ nationalities
Destination countries: Switzerland and all countries outside the EEA except the UK (EEA = All EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway)
Scholarship type
Internship, Study, Research
Archaeology, Humanities, Medicine/LUMC, Governance and Global Affairs, Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Science, Interfacultair Centrum voor Lerarenopleiding, Onderwijsontwikkeling en Nascholing (ICLON), African Studies Centre, International Institute for Asian Studies

Leiden University travel policy

You may only go abroad for study-related activities to destinations to which travel is permitted according to Leiden University’s travel policy. See the Study abroad - Health and Safety page for details.

Please note the following when applying for a scholarship:

  • If travel to your destination is not yet permitted according to Leiden University’s travel policy, you must still apply for a scholarship according to the deadlines. Do not delay your application waiting for the travel status to change.  
  • You may only go abroad if travel to your destination is permitted on your day of departure according to Leiden University’s travel policy.
  • You will only receive your scholarship/grant payment 1 to 2 weeks before the start of your activity abroad and only if you are still permitted to travel to your destination according to Leiden University’s travel policy.  

For who

You must be registered on a Bachelor's or Master's programme at Leiden University.

Eligibility requirements

  • Your  study, internship or research must be a recognised part of your study programme at Leiden University, for which you will receive a minimum of 10 study credits.
  • You period abroad must be approved by your programme’s Board of Examiners.
  • The study, research or internship must be a minimum of 7 weeks and a maximum of 12 months in duration.
  • The study, research or internship must start between 1 June 2022 and 1 June 2023.
  • You are a talented student. Describe in your letter of motivation what makes you stand out.


  • During your stay abroad you must continue to pay the statutory tuition fee to Leiden University.
  • Within two months of completing your period abroad, you must  complete a Holland Scholarship Statement, have it signed by your International Exchange Coordinator, and submit it to: outbound@sea.leidenuniv.nl.
  • You must submit the required Holland Scholarship documents on time, both before and after your stay period. Failure to do so will result in you being obliged to repay your Holland Scholarship.


You cannot be awarded a Holland Scholarship if:

  • You are eligible for funding from the Sustainable Humanities Scholarship (Stagefonds Duurzame Geesteswetenschappen) for your period abroad. Check this with your International Exchange Coordinator.
  • You have been awarded an Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility grant for your period abroad.
  • You are enrolled on an LLM Advanced Studies programme or the Master International Relations and Diplomacy.
  • You are going to the UK.
    If your destination is the UK, you can instead apply for an Erasmus+ grant.

Scholarship amount

  • One-off payment of € 1,250 

Application process

Note: It is no longer possible to apply for a Holland Scholarship outgoing for academic year 2022/2023.

  1. Compose a letter of motivation.
  2. Request a transcript of grades from your faculty’s Education Administration Office.
  3. Complete and submit the Holland Scholarship online application form (no longer available beacuse the deadline has passed). Make sure to include your letter of motivation and transcript of grades, otherwise you application will not be considered. 

Selection process

All applicants will be informed of the outcome of the selection procedure by the SEA Scholarships Team at the end of May.


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.


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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