Leiden University Excellence Scholarships Program in Netherlands, 2022

Leiden University is offering Excellence Scholarships for full-time international students for the 2022-2023 academic year. These scholarships are available for pursuing a master’s degree program.

The university offers a number of general and subject-specific funding schemes. The aim of the scholarships is to attract the best and most motivated people to the Netherlands.

Established in 1575, Leiden University is one of Europe’s leading international research-intensive universities. The university offers 50 undergraduates, 100 graduates, and 50 doctorates or PhD programs through its seven faculties.


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Brief Description

  • Application Deadline: The applications for this grant will be accepted only through October 1 and February 1
  • Course Level: Scholarships are available for the master’s degree programme at Leiden University.
  • Number of Awards: Not given
  • Nationality: International students
  • Scholarship can be taken in the Netherlands


  • Eligible Countries: International students can apply for these excellence scholarships.
  • Study Subject: Masters program in Archaeology, Humanities, Medicine/LUMC, Governance and Global Affairs, Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Science, Interfacultair Centrum Voor Lerarenopleiding, Onderwijsontwikkeling en Nascholing (ICLON), African Studies Centre, International Institute for Asian Studies.
  • Entrance Requirements:
  • For non-EEA/non-EFTA nationals who are applying for a Master’s programme at Leiden University. See additional note for UK students below.
  • For students of all nationalities applying for an LLM Advanced Studies programme, or the MSC in International Relations and Diplomacy.

How to Apply

  • How to Apply: The mode of applying is online.
  • 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 Word doc of max. 500 words, in which you explain why you would like to be considered for the award.
  • 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.
  • English Language Requirements: Most master’s programmes at Leiden University are taught in English. This means that applicants will need to submit proof of their English-language proficiency, preferably by means of an IELTS test.


The LExS is awarded for the duration of the study programme. There are three available levels of awards:

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

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