Leiden University Excellence Scholarship (LExS)

  • Master
  • up to €15,000

  • 1 February 2023

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.


Applicants for all Master’s programme at Leiden University – with the exception of LLM (non-advanced) and MSc programmes at Leiden Law School. The following nationalities are eligible to apply: • Non-EEA/non-EFTA nationals who are applying for a Master’s programme at Leiden University. • Students of all nationalities applying for an LLM Advanced Studies programme, or the MSC in International Relations and Diplomacy. 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. As an indication, the student is amongst the top 10% of graduates in his/her previous study programme. Note that proof of ranking is not required – this information is purely to indicate the level of competitiveness • The faculty selection committees will nominate LExS recipients and inform the Scholarships Team, up to 6 weeks after the LExS deadline. • The Scholarships Team will notify all LExS applicants of the decisions:

  • At the end of November – for the February intake.
  • At the end of April – for the September intake.


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.


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. Deadline: 1 Feb for programmes starting 1 Sept / 1 Oct for programmes starting 1 Feb

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