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Leiden University Excellence Scholarships for International Students




The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship Programme (LExS) is open to outstanding Non-EU/EEA students pursuing a master’s degree programme at Leiden University.


The scholarship programme is intended for international candidates from Non-EU/EEA students showing the highest achievements and promise for a master’s degree study.


Fields of study


All Magister Artium (M.A.), Magister Scientiae (M.Sc.) and Magister Legum (L.L.M.) degree programmes offered at Leiden University.


Eligibility Requirements


• Non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a Leiden University master’s degree programme

• The applicant must have achieved excellent study results in his/ her prior academic education abroad which are relevant for the programme for which the student wishes to enrol. As an indication, the student needs to be among the top 10% for the relevant programme followed abroad.

• The applicant needs to hold a non-EU/EEA passport and will not be eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans (“Studiefinanciering”; for more information please refer to:

• Scholarships will not be awarded to applicants who have already obtained a Leiden University master’s degree

• Students who are granted a Leiden Excellence Scholarship must comply with and confirm in writing their agreement with the terms and conditions attached to the scholarship prior to the granting of the scholarship.


Value of the Award


The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship programme has five awards:


• Platinum Covers the tuition fee minus the home fee* and an allowance of €10,000 for living costs

• Gold covers the tuition fee minus the home fee*

• Silver Covers 75% of the tuition fee

• Bronze Covers 50% of the tuition fee

• Ivory Covers 25 % of the tuition fee


* NB: Students should be aware that the LExS is not a full scholarship. It is necessary to find additional funding to be able to finance their study and stay completely.  Leiden University advises a budget, not including the tuition fee, of approx. €10,000 to €14,000 per year to cover the costs for rent, insurance, living expenses, course books and local transportation.


Duration of Award


The maximum study period is 12 months (One-year programme) or 24 months (Two-year programme).


Application Information


When applying for admissions, indicate clearly that you would like to apply for the LExS scholarship on the scholarship section of the online application form.  You should attach a letter of motivation (in Word) of a maximum of 500 words, in which you indicate why you believe you should be considered for this scholarship.


NB: Examples of curricula vitae and letters of recommendation may be found here.


Application Deadline


For programmes starting in September, the deadline is 1 February. For programmes starting in February, the deadline is in October of the preceding year.


Contact Details


It is important to visit the official website (link found below) to access the online application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.


Official Scholarship Website




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