1 February 2020 for program starts at September 2020.


Leiden University, The Netherlands.

(Partially Funded)


(Leiden University Excellence Scholarship (LExS

Leiden University was founded in 1575 and is one of Europe’s leading international research universities. The University has over 6,700 staff members and 29,520 students.

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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. The scholarship is awarded by the faculty which the students are actually going to do their master program.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Archaeology and History
  • Behaviour and Society
  • Education
  • Exact and Information Sciences
  • Health
  • International Relations
  • Language, Literature and Communication
  • Law, Economics and Governance
  • Media, Arts and Culture
  • Natural Sciences
  • Philosophy and Religion
  • African Studies
  • Asian Studies

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


ALL WORLD COUNTRIES except For EEA/EFTA* nationals. 

.*EEA/EFTA: All EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland

Program Period

Depends on the selected program.

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.

The maximum study period for a 1-year programme is 12 months. The maximum study period for a 2-year programme is 24 months.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • Nationality requirements.
  • For non-EEA/non-EFTA* nationals who are applying for a Master’s programme at Leiden University:
  • Applicants must have a non-EEA/non-EFTA* passport.
  • Academic requirements.
  1. 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.
  2. For a programme lasting more than one year, the student is required to obtain a minimum of 60 ECTS in the first year of study in order to retain the right to LExS for the following academic year.
  3. The student is not permitted to receive any additional full scholarship for the same programme, other than in the case of partial scholarships, where this has to be confirmed in writing in advance.A student is allowed to submit several applications for scholarships at one time. However, it is not possible to combine scholarships which are provided or sponsored by Leiden University.  Also it is not possible to combine the LExS with scholarships which are provided on a bilateral agreement with educational institutions, or any other scholarship which might be provided or sponsored by Leiden University in the near future.
  4. The LExS will not be awarded to students who are admitted to a second Master programme at Leiden University with the exception of students applying for a Master programme for which a specified previous Master programme or work experience is mandatory.
  • The student must comply with Dutch visa regulations.
  • The student has to accept the granted LExS scholarship by filling out the ‘Acceptance Form LExS’.
  • There are additional requirements for each program, you can check the requirements for the program you will choose from here

Opportunity Cost

(Partially Funded)

  • 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
  • To know more about tuition fee of each faculty, please click here
  • Non-EEA LExS recipients must still submit ‘proof of sufficient funds’ for their student.
  • To know more about Visa and residence permit, click here

How to Apply

First Step: Apply online for admission to a Master’s programme at Leiden University and choose Master’s programme  from here 

In the scholarship section of your online application, indicate that you wish to apply for a LExS.

:Required documents

  1. A copy of the page(s) in your passport containing your personal details and photograph.
  2. A copy of a Dutch residence permit, If you are a non-EU/EEA national already living in the Netherlands, upload copies of both sides of your Dutch residence permit.
  3. letter of motivation, Upload your LExS motivation letter as instructed in your online application. The statement must be between 700 and 1,500 words and written in English. 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.
  4. Language proficiency, You can apply for admission before receiving the results of your English language test. However, a sufficient result will then be a condition of your eventual admission.
  5. Digital copies of diplomas and transcripts are initially required.

To know more about the required documents, click here

Second Step: pay the application fee if applicable. To know more about the application fee, click here

and submit your online application.

Third Step: Selection process

  • 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 April – for the September intake.
  • You can download the student guideline for rules and regulations from here

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This Scholarship Published by:
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Reviewed by” Mohamed Magdi Eweda / Egypt
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