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Leiden University South Africa scholarship - University of Cape Town

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

Leiden University deadline: 15 Oct (programmes starting Feb); 1 April (programmes starting Sept) / UCT 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 Cape Town, South Africa.

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must:

  • be enrolled at the University of Cape Town.
  • be preselected for a scholarship by the University of Cape Town.
  • 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 Cape Town.
    Contact Ms Noluthi Kula  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

  • The University of Cape Town will review all scholarship applications and send the names of one or two selected students to Leiden University’s Scholarships Team.
  • 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 Cape Town:

Ms Noluthi Kula
Exchanges Assistant
Email: iapo-exchanges@uct.ac.za

For more information about application procedures for exchange programmes at Leiden University:

Send an e-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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