2014/2015 Mandela Scholarship Fund at the Leiden University, Netherland (Fully Funded).


  • 1 October 2014 for programs starting in February 2015
  • 1 April 2015 for programs starting in September 2015

For Whom

For Exchange and  Study Abroad students from South Africa who would like to come to Leiden University to pursue their studies for 1 semester. The scholarship will be awarded for a maximum of 5 months.


Applicants must be:

  • Permanent residents of South Africa
  • Enrolled at a South African University
  • Accepted for a semester program at Leiden University as an exchange or Study Abroad student
  • Willing to upgrade or extend their knowledge in order to make a contribution towards the development of South Africa
  • Committed to returning to their country after their study period at Leiden University

Scholarship Amount

Exchange students

  • International travel costs: €1000
  • Living allowance : €800 per month (max. 5 months)
  • Insurance: will be sponsored by AON Student Insurance and arranged by Student and Educational Affairs

Study Abroad Students

  • Tuition fee: actual fee
  • International travel costs: €1000
  • Living allowance: €800 per month (max. 5 months)
  • Insurance: will be sponsored by AON Student Insurance and arranged by Student and Educational Affairs

Application Procedure

The required application documents are:

  • Application form (in Word-Format) (including a letter of Motivation)
  • Admission letter for a Study Abroad or exchange programme at Leiden University
  • 2 original letters of recommendation (of which one should be from an academic staff member)
  • Transcript of academic records
  • Up-to-date Curriculum vitae
  • Photocopy of your valid passport and any other passports, if you have dual nationality
  • Copy of results of other scholarship/grant applications
  • Proof that you can support yourself financially if the Mandela Scholarship is not sufficient to cover all expenses. Proof can be: a letter stating that you receive a student grant mentioning the exact amount you receive; or a recent bank statement in your own name showing that you have sufficient funds to cover your expenses in The Netherlands; or a notary statement declaring that your parents have sufficient funds to support you.

Selection Process

The Student and Educational Affairs selection committee will review all applications. Students are selected on the basis of academic merit, motivation and prospects for future contribution towards the development of South Africa.

More information

end an e-mail to: [email protected]

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the University of Leiden Mandela Scholarship Fund


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