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Leiden University South Africa scholarship - University of Pretoria

This Scholarship is intended for students of the University of Pretoria, South Africa, who would like to study at Leiden University for one or two semester(s) as part of an exchange programme.

Leiden University deadline: 15 Oct (programmes starting Feb); 1 April (programmes starting Sept) / University of Pretoria deadline: see below
Target group
Bachelor, Master
Countries/ nationalities
No nationality restrictions
Scholarship type
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

For who

Students of the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must:

  • be enrolled at the University of Pretoria.
  • be preselected for a scholarship by the University of Pretoria.
  • meet the standard admission requirements for exchange/study abroad students at Leiden University.


This scholarship cannot be combined with the Mandela Scholarship Fund.      

Scholarship amount


  • Each year one scholarship is available for a two-semester exchange programme (up to 10 months), OR
  • two scholarships for a one-semester exchange programme (up to 5 months).

The scholarship includes:

  • Living allowance: € 1,000 per month

Application process

  1. Submit your scholarship application to the University of Pretoria.
    Contact the International & Postgraduate Specialist Consultant: Europe Countries, Ms Mahlogonolo Mphahlele, for information on application procedures and deadlines.
  2. Submit an online application for admission for an exchange/study abroad course at Leiden University.

Selection process

  1. The University of Pretoria will review all scholarship applications and send the names of one or two selected students to Leiden University’s Scholarships Team.
  2. Within two weeks of admission to a Leiden University exchange programme, the Scholarships Team will notify the selected candidates about further procedures.

Further information

For more information about the application process at the University of Pretoria

Ms Mahlogonolo Mphahlele
International & Postgraduate Specialist Consultant: Europe Countries (Inbound & Outbound)
Email: Mahlogonolo.Mphahlele@up.ac.za 

For more information about application procedure for exchange programmes at Leiden University

Send a mail to: exchange@sea.leidenuniv.nl


The student is responsible for submitting a complete application, according to the steps described above and before the aforementioned deadline. Leiden University cannot be held responsible for late and/or incomplete applications.

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