Leiden University Excellence Scholarships, Netherlands 2024

Leiden University Excellence Scholarships, Netherlands 2024

Leiden University Excellence Scholarships in Netherlands 2024: Leiden University is offering the Excellence scholarship programme for highly brilliant international students wishing to study in the Netherlands on scholarship commencing the next academic year.

The Leiden University Excellence Scholarships (LExS)  is for excellent non-EEA/non-EFTA* students joining a full-time Leiden University Master’s degree programme; and for excellent students of all nationalities joining an LLM Advanced Studies programme or the Master’s in International Relations & Diplomacy.


  • Scholarship Sponsor(s): Leiden University.
  • Host Institution: Leiden University, Netherlands.
  • Scholarship Type: Tuition Award.
  • Scholarship Worth: Up to € 15,000
  • Number of Awards: Not stated.
  • Nationality: International Students.

Also Check: Leiden University Minerva Scholarship Fund for Study in Netherlands

Leiden University Excellence Scholarships 2024 | ELIGIBILITY

To apply and qualify for LExS 2023/2024;

  • Applicants must be Non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a Leiden University master’s degree programme starting September 2024
  • Applicants must have previous degrees with excellent grades

Academic requirements

  • 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

Scholarship Benefits

The scholarship will cover;

  • € 10.000 of the tuition fee
  • € 15.000 of the tuition fee
  • Total tuition fee minus the statutory tuition fee (also referred to as home fee).

Application Procedures

  • How-to-Apply: Interested applicants for the Leiden University Excellence Scholarships in Netherlands may follow the steps below to apply;
  • Apply for an admission into a Master’s programme at the university and pay necessary acceptance fees (where applicable)
  • Indicate your interest to apply for a LExS in the scholarship section of your online application.
  • 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.

Application Deadline: 

  • 1st Feb for programmes starting Sept and
  • 1st Oct for programmes starting February

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