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Leiden University Mandela Scholarships 2024/2025 For South African Students


The Leiden University Mandela Scholarships is intended for South African students, who want to study at Leiden University for one semester in order to extend their knowledge and contribute to the development of South Africa.

On March 12, 1999, his Excellency President Nelson Mandela of South Africa received an Honorary Doctorate from Leiden University, the Netherlands. To mark this memorable event, Leiden University founded the Mandela Scholarship Fund. On receiving the award, President Mandela stated that it brought him not only a great honour but also great responsibility.


The scholarship includes:

  • Tuition fees for a one-semester study abroad programme (if applicable) Note: exchange students are exempted from tuition fees on the basis of the exchange agreement

  • Living allowance: € 1000 per month

  • Insurance sponsored by AON Student Insurance and arranged by Leiden University’s Scholarships Team


Applicants must be:

  • permanent residents of South Africa.

  • enrolled at a South African University.

  • motivated to upgrade or extend their knowledge in order to make a contribution towards the development of South Africa.

  • Willing to return to South Africa after their studies.


  • 5th October 2023 for programs starting in February 2024

  • 1st April 2024 for programs starting in September 2024

Click here for more details.


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