2023 International Excellence Scholarships (LExS) at Leiden University in Netherlands

The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship programme (LExS) is offered for excellent students enrolling in a Leiden University degree programme.

Students must have achieved excellent academic results in their previous study programme(s), which must be relevant to the programme for which they are applying. As an indication, the student should be amongst the top 10% of graduates in his/her previous study programme.


  • Applicants will hold a non-EU/EEA passport and will not be eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans
  • Applicants must have previous degrees with excellent grades

Offered Annually: Yes

Eligible Countries: International

Type: Masters

Eligible Field of Study:
Archaeology, Humanities, Medicine/LUMC, Governance and Global Affairs, Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Science, African Studies Centre, International Institute for Asian Studies

Value of Scholarship: The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship programme has 3 types of awards

  • € 10,000 of the tuition fee
  • € 15,000 of the tuition fee
  • Total tuition fee minus the statutory tuition fee

Method of Application:

  • Apply online for admission to a Master’s programme at Leiden University and pay the application fee if applicable.
  • In the scholarship section of your online application, indicate that you wish to apply for a LExS.
  • 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: 

  • Programmes starting Feb 2023: 1st October 2023
  • Programmes starting Sept 2023: 1st Feb 2023
  • Exception – LLM Advanced Studies programmes: 1st March 2023

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