2024 Leiden University Excellence Scholarship (LExS) in Netherlands

Applications for the Leiden University Excellence Scholarship in the Netherlands are now being accepted. The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship (LExS) 2023 is intended for prospective master’s degree students who wish to apply to a Leiden University approved master’s degree program for the Winter semester beginning February 2024.

This scholarship is intended for outstanding students from non-EEA/non-EFTA countries who are enrolled in a full-time Leiden University Master’s degree program, as well as outstanding students from all nationalities who are enrolled in an LLM Advanced Studies program or the Master’s in International Relations & Diplomacy.

Eligible candidates for the scholarship must be applying for courses in Archaeology, Humanities, Medicine/LUMC, Governance and Global Affairs, Law, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Science, Interfacultair Centrum voor Lerarenopleiding, Onderwijsontwikkeling en Nascholing (ICLON), African Studies Centre, International Institute for Asian Studies


The LExS scholarship program is distributed along three categories, awarded for the duration of the study programme. The three categories are:

  • A scholarship grant worth € 10,000 of the tuition fee
  • Scholarship grant worth € 15,000 of the tuition fee
  • A scholarship grant covering full total tuition fee minus the statutory tuition fee


Applicants must fulfil the following application conditions in order to apply

  • You must be a citizen of a non-EEA/non-EFTA country and applying for a Master’s programme at Leiden University OR
  • A citizen of any other country applying for an LLM Advanced Studies programme, or the MSC in International Relations and Diplomacy.
  • You must be applying for any of the eligible Master’s programme offered at Leiden University
  • Candidates must have achieved excellent academic results in their previous study programme, which must be relevant to the Master’s programme for which they are applying.
  • You must be 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


Applicants must submit their applications for admission into their programme of choice using the online application form. During the application process in the scholarship section of your online application, you must indicate that you wish to apply for a LExS (Leiden University Excellence Scholarship). Apart from the online application, you will need to upload supporting documents as indicated below

  • You academic documents
  • Proof of excellent performance
  • You must Upload a LExS motivation letter. Please follow instructions in your online application.
  • In case you are applying for more than one study programme and wish to apply for a LExS for each, you must clearly indicate it and upload a separate LExS motivation letter for each application.

To apply, Click here

For more information, visit the official website here

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