2019 Leiden University Excellence Scholarships (LexS)

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

Host Institution(s):

Leiden University, The Netherlands.

Level/Field of study:

All Masters programmes (with the exception of regular LLM (non-advanced) programmes) in the following Faculties: Archaeology, Humanities, Medicine/LUMC, Governance and Global Affairs, Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Science, Interfacultair Centrum voor Lerarenopleiding, Onderwijsontwikkeling en Nascholing (ICLON), African Studies Centre, International Institute for Asian Studies

Number of Awards:

The number and type of award of the scholarship depends on the budget available for each Faculty department.

Target group:

Non-EU/EEA international students

Scholarship value/duration:

The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship programme has 3 awards:

•  € 10.000 of the tuition fee
•  € 15.000 of the tuition fee
• Total tuition fee minus the statutory tuition fee


Students must have achieved excellent study results in their previous education, this being relevant to the Master’s programme for which they are applying. As an indication, the student is amongst the top 10% of graduates in his/her previous study programme. Note: proof of ranking is not required – this information is purely to indicate the level of competitiveness.

Applicants must have a non EEA* passport and may not be eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans (Studiefinanciering).

Application instructions:

You must first apply online for admissions to a Master’s programme at Leiden University. In your application, you must indicate clearly that you would like to apply for the LExS scholarship and upload your letter of motivation for the LExS scholarship on the scholarship page. The deadline for programmes starting in February is 1 October while programmes starting in September have a deadline of 1 February (exception – LLM Advanced Studies programmes: 1 March).

Visit the Official Website for more information


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