Scholarships

Leiden University Excellence Scholarships (LexS)

Brief description: 

The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship Programme (LExS) is open to outstanding non-EEA/non-EFTA students enrolling in a full-time master’s degree programme at Leiden University.

Key Facts

Leiden University
Masters Degree

Deadline: 1 Feb/1 Oct (annual)
Study in:  Netherlands
Next course starts Sept 2024/Feb 2024

Host Institution(s)

Leiden University in The Netherlands.

Level/Field of study

All full-time Masters programmes at Leiden University with the exception of LLM (non-advanced) and MSc programmes at Leiden Law School.

Number of Awards

The number and type of award of the scholarship depends on the budget available for each Faculty department.

Target group

Non-EEA/non-EFTA* nationals (see details below)

Scholarship value/duration

The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship programme has 3 awards:

•  € 10.000 of the tuition fee
•  € 15.000 of the tuition fee
• Total tuition fee minus the statutory tuition fee

The LExS is not a full scholarship. Non-EEA LExS recipients must still submit ‘proof of sufficient funds’ for their student visa/residence permit application.

Eligibility

Students must have achieved excellent study results in their previous education, this being 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: proof of ranking is not required – this information is purely to indicate the level of competitiveness.

Applicants must have a non non-EEA/non-EFTA* passport and may not be eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans (Studiefinanciering) – with the exception of students applying for the LLM Advanced Studies programmes or the MSc in International Relations and Diplomacy, for which no nationality restrictions apply.

All EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland).

Requirements of Leiden University Excellence Scholarships

The requirements for Leiden University Excellence Scholarships (LExS) are as follows:

  • You must be an excellent international student from outside the EU/EEA.
  • You must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a non-Dutch university.
  • You must have been admitted to a master’s degree program at Leiden University.
  • You must have achieved excellent academic results in your previous education.
  • You must have a strong motivation to pursue a master’s degree at Leiden University.
  • You must meet the English language proficiency requirements of Leiden University.

Benefits of Leiden University Excellence Scholarships

The benefits of Leiden University Excellence Scholarships (LExS) include:

  • Coverage of tuition fees for the duration of the program
  • A living allowance of €12,000 per year for the duration of the program
  • One-time allowance of €1,000 for visa and insurance costs
  • Access to various extracurricular activities and events
  • Membership to the Leiden University alumni network
  • Prestigious recognition for academic excellence

Application instructions

You must first apply online for admissions to a Master’s programme at Leiden University. In your application, you must indicate clearly that you would like to apply for the LExS scholarship on the scholarship section and upload your letter of motivation for the LExS scholarship. The deadline for programmes starting in September is 1 February while programmes starting in February has a deadline of 1 October.

It is important to visit the official website (link found below) to access the online application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

Website

Official Scholarship Website:  https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/scholarships/sea/leiden-university-excellence-scholarship-lexs.

Leiden university scholarship

Leiden University Scholarship is a financial aid program for international students who wish to pursue their studies at Leiden University in the Netherlands. The scholarship is awarded based on academic merit and covers tuition fees or provides a living allowance.

Leiden university excellence scholarship

Leiden University Excellence Scholarship (LExS) is a scholarship program for outstanding international students who wish to pursue a master’s degree at Leiden University in the Netherlands. The scholarship is awarded based on academic merit and covers tuition fees or provides a living allowance.

Leiden university scholarship for international students

Leiden University Scholarship for International Students is a financial aid program for non-EU/EEA students who wish to pursue a master’s degree at Leiden University in the Netherlands. The scholarship is awarded based on academic merit and covers tuition fees or provides a living allowance.

Lex scholarship

LExS (Leiden University Excellence Scholarship) is commonly referred to as the “Lex scholarship” for short. It is a scholarship program for outstanding international students who wish to pursue a master’s degree at Leiden University in the Netherlands. The scholarship is awarded based on academic merit and covers tuition fees or provides a living allowance.

FAQS and Answers of Leiden University Excellence Scholarships

What is Leiden University Excellence Scholarship (LexS)?

Leiden University Excellence Scholarship (LexS) is a scholarship program for excellent non-EEA/non-EFTA students who wish to pursue a Master’s degree program at Leiden University in the Netherlands.

What are the eligibility criteria for LexS?

To be eligible for LexS, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You are a non-EEA/non-EFTA citizen
  • You have a bachelor’s degree from a non-Dutch university
  • You have been accepted into a Leiden University Master’s degree program
  • You have excellent academic performance and potential
  • You have financial need

How many LexS scholarships are awarded each year?

Leiden University awards approximately 50-60 LexS scholarships each year.

What is the amount of the LexS scholarship?

The amount of the LexS scholarship is either €10,000, €15,000, or €20,000, depending on the tuition fee of the Master’s program.

What programs are eligible for LexS?

All Master’s degree programs offered at Leiden University are eligible for LexS.

How do I apply for LexS?

You can apply for LexS through Leiden University’s online application system. You will need to submit a scholarship application form, a letter of motivation, and a budget plan.

When is the application deadline for LexS?

The application deadline for LexS varies depending on the Master’s program you have applied for. Please check the specific deadline for your program on Leiden University’s website.

Can I apply for other scholarships while applying for LexS?

Yes, you can apply for other scholarships while applying for LexS. However, if you are awarded another scholarship, you must inform Leiden University’s Scholarship Office immediately.

How are LexS recipients selected?

LexS recipients are selected based on their academic excellence, motivation, and financial need. The selection process is competitive and merit-based.

When will I know if I have been awarded the LexS scholarship?

Leiden University’s Scholarship Office will notify all applicants of the outcome of their scholarship application by email. The exact date of notification varies depending on the Master’s program and the application deadline.