Application Invited for Cosmos Malabaricus Scholarship

About the Scholarship

Cosmos Malabaricus is a project of the Kerala Council for Historical Research, Leiden University and National Archives of Netherlands that aims to make the digitized archival sources of the Kerala and Tamil Nadu Archives and the National Archives of the Netherlands more accessible to Indian and international scholars and make part of these sources available to the widest possible audience, in particular to the people of Kerala. This will be achieved (a) by further developing the existing digital Dutch- and English-language inventories of their contents, (b) by transcribing, translating and editing a selection of these sources to produce a series of source publications, and (c) by capacity building in India: training Indian archivists and historians (and related scholars) in the use (incl. palaeography, epigraphy) of these seventeenth- and eighteenth-century sources for the purpose of further research and heritage making and as much as possible in the wider context of Indian Ocean studies.

In preparation of the project, the Leiden Institute for History provides a Cosmos Malabaricus scholarship for two outstanding Indian graduate history students to do an MA in (Colonial and Global) History with a specialization in the early modern history of Kerala as based on Dutch archival sources. Apart from the regular one-year MA programme, specialist training in the Dutch language and the Dutch colonial archive will require another 6 months.

  • Deadline: 31 January 2023
  • Starting date: 1 July 2023
  • Target group: MA/PhD in History
  • Countries/nationalities: Indian Nationals
  • Scholarship type: MA programme
  • Faculty: Institute for History, Leiden University.

For who

Outstanding Indian history students/ researchers with minimally a MA-degree who want to do a 18 months MA programme in History, specialization Colonial and Global History at Leiden University. Graduate history students with recent outstanding expertise/experience in the early modern history of Kerala and/or the Dutch colonial empire in South Asia will have priority. Students without any expertise/experience in these specific fields are not eligible.

Eligibility requirements

To be eligible for a CSC-Leiden University Scholarship, you must:

  • be a citizen of India
  • hold a MA in history
  • have a high level of English language proficiency

Preferably have two letters of recommendation of academic historians in South Asian, Colonial and/or Global History

Scholarship amount

The scholarship includes:

  • Full waiver of the tuition fee for the MA-programme
  • Full waiver of the residence permit fee Living allowance of approximately € 30,000 for 18 months
  • Return ticket from India to the Netherlands to a maximum of € 1,500 Supervision

English language course

Application process

Write a concise (max 400 words) application letter with your specific motivation and concrete academic capacities relating to the Cosmos Malabaricus project.

Independent of the previous, preferably two separate letters of recommendation should be sent by academic historians in the fields of South Asian, Colonial and/or Global History

Both application and letters of recommendation should be sent latest by 31 January 2023

Selection process

The selection process is taken care of by the Executive Board of Cosmos Malabaricus of the Leiden University and the KCHR.


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The prospective PhD candidate is responsible for submitting an application that is complete, correct and on time by following the steps described above. Leiden University cannot be held responsible for late, incomplete and/or incorrect applications for the Cosmos Malabaricus Pilot scholarship.

Completed applications must be sent to

Applications sent to any other id /by post will not be considered.

Kerala Council for Historical Researd
PB No. 839, Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan, Nalanda, Thiruvananthapuram – 695003
Kerala, India. Phone: 0471 2310409 email:
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