Leiden University Excellence Scholarship

Leiden University Excellence Scholarship (LExS) 2023/2024 for International Students


Leiden University is pleased to offer the Leiden University Excellence Scholarship (LExS) for International Students for the 2023-2024 academic session. The award is available for Master’s degree study programmes and is now open for applications.

The scholarship is for excellent students joining a full-time Leiden University Master’s degree programme – with the exception of LLM (non-advanced) and MSc programmes at Leiden Law School.

Leiden University Excellence Scholarship (LExS) 2023-2024 Summary

  • Scholarship Sponsor(s): Leiden University, Netherlands
  • Scholarship Type: Academic Award
  • Host Institution(s): Leiden University, Netherlands
  • Scholarship Worth: Tuition fee of € 10,000 – € 15,000
  • Number of Awards: Several
  • Study Level: Masters
  • Nationality: International Student

Leiden University Excellence Scholarship 2023 Details

The Leiden University scholarship will not be awarded to applicants who have already obtained a Leiden University Master’s degree, with the exception of students applying for a Master programme for which a specified previous Master programme or work experience is mandatory (e.g. LLM Advanced Studies programmes).

Scholarship or loan amount

The LExS is awarded for the duration of the study programme. There are three available levels of awards:

  • € 10,000 of the tuition fee
  • € 15,000 of the tuition fee
  • Total tuition fee minus the statutory tuition fee

The LExS is not a full scholarship. Non-EEA LExS recipients must still submit ‘proof of sufficient funds’ for their student visa/residence permit application.

Leiden University Scholarship Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for Leiden University Excellence Scholarship (LExS), applicants are expected to meet the following conditions:

  1. Applicants for all Master’s programme at Leiden University – with the exception of LLM (non-advanced) and MSc programmes at Leiden Law School.
  2. Non-EEA/non-EFTA nationals who are applying for a Master’s programme at Leiden University. See additional note for UK students below.
  3. Students of all nationalities applying for an LLM Advanced Studies programme, or the MSC in International Relations and Diplomacy.
  4. Students must have achieved excellent academic results in their previous study programme(s), which must be relevant to the Master’s programme for which they are applying.

Eligible Programmes:

The following faculties are eligible for the study scholarship:

  • Archaeology
  • Humanities
  • Medicine/LUMC
  • Governance and Global Affairs
  • Law
  • Social and Behavioural Sciences
  • Science, African Studies Centre, International Institute for Asian Studies

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Leiden University Excellence Scholarship (LExS) Application Procedures

How-to-Apply: To be considered for Leiden University Excellence Scholarship (LExS), you are expected to the following steps:

  • Apply online for admission to a Master’s programme at Leiden University and pay the application fee if applicable.
  • In the scholarship section of your online application, indicate that you wish to apply for a LExS.
  • Upload your LExS motivation letter as instructed in your online application. This is a PDF file of max. 500 words, in which you explain why you would like to be considered for the award.
  • Submit your online application, containing your LExS application, before the LExS application deadline.
  • If you apply for more than one study programme and wish to apply for a LExS for each, indicate this clearly in each application and upload a LExS motivation letter for each.

Application Deadline: 1 Oct (for programmes starting 1 Feb) yearly

Visit the Official Website for Further Details here

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