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Leiden University Excellence Scholarships (LexS) 2019


The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship Programme (LExS) is open to outstanding  Non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a Masters‘ degree program at Leiden University starting September 2019 or February 2020.


The sponsor institution for this scholarship is Leiden University, The Netherlands.

Level/Field of Study:

All MA, MSc and LL.M programmes as mentioned on the website Master’s programmes in Leiden. Please note that some programmes have a start date in September only

Number of Awards:

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

Target group:

All Non-EU/EEA international students are eligible to apply for this scholarship.

Scholarship worth/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

The LExS is only valid for the period the student is registered at Leiden University as a full time student within the time frame of the study programme.


•  Non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a Leiden University Master’s degree programme starting September 2019 or February 2020.

•  In his or her prior academic education abroad, the applicant must have achieved excellent study results which are relevant for the programme for which the student wishes to enrol.

As an indication, the student will be among the top 10% for the relevant programme followed abroad.

•  The applicant will hold a non-EU/EEA passport and will not be eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans.

•  Scholarships 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 (the LLM advanced masters qualify as such).

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

Application Instructions:

You must first apply for admissions to Leiden University online. 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.

For all programmes starting in September 2019, the deadline is 1 February 2019 (except for Law programmes which has the deadline of 1 March 2019). For programmes starting in February 2020, the deadline is 1 October 2019.

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.


The deadline for this scholarship program are as follows;

1 Feb/1 Oct 2019 (annual)
Study in:  Netherlands
Next course starts Sept 2019/Feb 2020


Official Scholarship Website:

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