MA Islamic Studies at Leiden University




The Indonesian Young Leaders programme is a continuation of the intensive cooperation between the Indonesian Ministry of Religious Affairs and Leiden University, which started in 1985 with INIS, Indonesian-Netherlands Cooperation in Islamic Studies. The Indonesian Young Leaders Programme is similar to the INIS programme as it also offers training and research in Leiden and at other Dutch Universities.

The Indonesian Young Leaders Programme is a scholarship programme – from 2006 until 2011 – which strives to enhance Indonesia’s future leadership by upgrading –present and future – human resources of institutions of higher Islamic education. The programme consist of two strongly linked and mutually reinforcing instruments: 1) International Conferences and 2) Education and training (Upgrading courses, MA and PhD).

MA Course information

In sum, 30 MA fellowships will be made available and allotted to the Islamic Studies programme in Leiden over the course of five years. The focus of this MA programme is on research methodology and consists of both classical disciplines and social sciences. It aims to equip students with a critical attitude and the necessary intellectual instruments to analyse societal and religious issues.

The students will study in Leiden for the period of some 18 months: 12 months for taking classes and 6 months for writing a thesis. The application deadline for the first ten scholarships is 15 October 2006. After selection a two-month English pre-departure training will be given in Jakarta. The MA programme in Leiden will start in February 2007. Deadlines for the subsequent two batches are 15 March 2007 (start programme in Leiden in September 2007) and 1 February 2008 (start programme in Leiden in September 2008).


To be eligible for the Indonesian Young Leaders programme, the candidate must meet the following requirements:

  • be an Indonesian national- have a S1 degree from either a state sponsored or non-state sponsored Islamic Indonesian University- have a background in Islamic Studies
  • willing to take part in the programme fulltime for the complete duration of the scholarship.
  • have a high level of English proficiency (TOEFL 550, after pre-departure English training)
  • be in good health
  • not be above the age of 40 years (men) or 45 years (women) on the application deadline

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