Leiden University Excellence Scholarships (LExS) 2024 for International Master’s Students – APPLY NOW

Leiden University, a renowned public research university in Leiden, Netherlands, is currently accepting applications from students around the world, to experience an academic journey of knowledge and innovation. Applications for the Leiden University Excellence Scholarships (LExS) 2024, are now open!

Leiden University Excellence Scholarships (LExS) 2024
Leiden University Excellence Scholarships (LExS) 2024

Please note that while the LExS provides substantial support to recipients, it is not a full scholarship program, as Non-EEA LExS recipients are required to submit proof of sufficient funds for their student visa/residence permit application.

Benefits of Leiden University Masters Scholarship

Financial Empowerment: The LExS offers significant support. There are three tiers of awards under this program:

  • A €10,000 contribution towards the tuition fee.
  • Up to €15,000 for an enhanced scholarship level for academic excellence.
  • Total tuition fee minus the statutory tuition fee: The pinnacle of support, that ensures that financial constraints do not hinder academic pursuits.

Eligibility Requirements

The eligibility criteria for the LExS include:

  • Applicants for All Master’s Programmes: Open to all master’s programmes at Leiden University, except for specific exclusions mentioned below.
  • Nationality Requirements: Non-EEA/non-EFTA passport holders, with exceptions for certain programs listed.
  • Academic Excellence: Demonstrated outstanding academic results in previous study programmes relevant to the chosen Master’s programme.
  • Exclusions include specific study programmes starting in February at select faculties.

Application Process

Note: Begin the application well in advance of the LExS deadline, as it may take up to 2 days to complete.

  • After submitting the admission application, navigate to the Scholarships section on the online platform.

Note: Ensure eligibility for LExS by checking its visibility in the scholarships section.

  • Indicate the intention to apply for LExS and upload a compelling motivation letter in PDF format (max. 500 words).
  • Submit the scholarship application before the LExS deadline, with caution, as no changes can be made post-submission.
  • For those applying to multiple programmes, a separate LExS application and motivation letter are required for each.

For a more detailed guide, visit Leiden University’s official website at Leiden University website

Selection Process

  • Faculty Committees: Within six weeks of the LExS deadline, faculty selection committees nominate LExS recipients.
  • Notification Periods:
  • End of November: For programmes commencing in February.
  • End of April: For study programmes starting in September.

Application Deadline

  • The application deadline for programme commencing on the 1st of September is 1st February
  • For programs commencing on the 1st of February, the deadline is the 1st of October.



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