Excellence Scholarships (LExS) – International Masters Students at Leiden University 2024

The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship Programme (LExS) is an exceptional opportunity for outstanding international students who wish to pursue their postgraduate studies in the Netherlands. The scholarship is designed to support non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a Leiden University master’s degree programme, as well as excellent students from all nationalities who are enrolling in a Master of Law Advanced Programme or MSc in International Relations and Diplomacy.


The LExS scholarship is awarded for the duration of the study programme. There are three levels of awards available, which include €10,000 of the tuition fee, €15,000 of the tuition fee, and the total tuition fee minus the statutory tuition fee. It is important to note that the LExS is not a full scholarship, and non-EEA LExS recipients must still submit ‘proof of sufficient funds’ for their student visa/residence permit application.


To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants for all Master’s programmes at Leiden University, except Leiden Law School’s LLM (non-advanced) and MSc programmes and study programmes starting in February at the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Sciences, and Leiden Law School, 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.

The faculty selection committees will nominate their LExS recipients within six weeks of the LExS deadline. All applicants will receive an email notifying them whether they have been awarded a LExS. If you are interested and qualified, you can apply online for admission to a Master’s programme at Leiden University and pay the application fee if applicable. After submitting your application for admission, return to the Apply screen in your online application and click on Scholarships. Find the LExS scholarship and upload your LExS motivation letter, which must be a PDF file of max. 500 words, explaining why you would like to be considered for the award. Submit your scholarship application before the LExS deadline.

In conclusion, the LExS scholarship is a great opportunity for international students who wish to study in the Netherlands and receive financial support for their postgraduate studies. If you meet the requirements, you should apply for the scholarship and start your academic journey at Leiden University. For more information, please visit the Leiden University website.


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