Minerva Scholarship Fund for International Students at Leiden University


Since 2009, the Minerva Scholarship Fund Foundation (MSF) has provided Leiden University students of all disciplines with scholarships for study and research projects. The MSF also strives to support exceptional student projects overseas.

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Minerva Scholarship Fund for International Students at Leiden University Established in 1575, Universiteit Leiden (Leiden University) is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the urban setting of the large town of Leiden (population range of 50,000-249,999 inhabitants), South Holland. This institution has also branch campuses in the following location(s): The Hague. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap, Nederland (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Netherlands), Universiteit Leiden (LEI) is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 25,000-29,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Universiteit Leiden (LEI) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 444 years old higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on students' past academic record and grades. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment.

Eligibility Criteria

  • You are registered as a Bachelor or Master student at Leiden University.
  • You do not need to be a member of L.S.V. Minerva.
  • The application pertains to an exceptional or prestigious study or research project in the Netherlands or abroad.
  • The project falls into one of the following categories: internship, study or research. PhD tracks and complete Master programmes are not eligible.

Offered Benefits

  • Between €900 and €2000
  • The following expenses can be subsidised: research costs; international travel and living costs.

Application Process

  1. Download an application form from our website.
  2. Complete the form.
  3. Check you have all the required documents.
  4. Submit your completed application dossier to the address provided, before the deadline.

Note: There are two MSF application rounds per year. The deadlines for these are 15 April and 15 December.

Selection process

  • The allocation committee (consisting of Leiden lecturers from various disciples) will evaluate all applications on the basis of predetermined criteria. During the evaluation process, attention is given to the relevance of the research and how it will contribute to the advancement of academic knowledge.
  • You will be informed (max.) one month after the application deadline whether you have been awarded a scholarship.

It is not possible to appeal against scholarship decisions.

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