2025 Leiden University Excellence Scholarship (LexS) | How To Apply


Leiden University Excellence Scholarship (LExS) is for excellent students joining a full-time Leiden University Master’s degree programme in the Netherlands.

The 2025 Leiden University Excellence Scholarship offers a full scholarship opportunity that covers the tuition fees of selected individuals pursuingg Masters degree in the heart of Europe.

In this post, we will discuss the details of the scholarship opportunity, its requirements, benefits, and the step-by-step application procedure. 

Leiden University Excellence Scholarship Summary

  • Host Country: Netherlands
  • Study Abroad: Study in Europe 
  • Category: Postgraduate Scholarships | Masters Scholarships
  • Eligible Countries: All Countries 
  • Reward: Full Tuition Scholarship  | €15,000 
  • Deadline: October 1, 2024

Leiden University Excellence Scholarship Details:

The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship (LExS) is a prestigious award that covers a significant chunk of your tuition fees.

Scholarships are available for the following faculties

  • Archaeology, Humanities,
  • Medicine/LUMC,
  • Governance and Global Affairs,
  • Law,
  • Social and Behavioural Sciences, Science,
  • African Studies Centre,
  • International Institute for Asian Studies

2025 Leiden University Excellence Scholarship Requirements:

The following nationalities are eligible to apply for the 2025 Leiden University Excellence Scholarship: 

  • Non-EEA/non-EFTA* nationals who are applying for a Master’s programme at Leiden University. See additional note for UK students below.
  • Students of all nationalities applying for an LLM Advanced Studies programme, or the MSC in International Relations and Diplomacy.

*EEA/EFTA: All EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland

1. Study programme requirements

  • Applicants for all Master’s programme at Leiden University – with the exception of LLM (non-advanced) and MSc programmes at Leiden Law School.
  • 2. 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.

Leiden University Excellence Scholarship Duration and Reward

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

Selection Process for Leiden University Excellence Scholarship

  • The faculty selection committees will nominate LExS recipients and inform the Scholarships Team, up to 6 weeks after the LExS deadline.
  • The Scholarships Team will notify all LExS applicants of the decisions:
     – At the end of November – for the February intake.  
     – At the end of April – for the September intake.

How To Apply for Leiden University Excellence Scholarship 2025 (Step-by-Step)

To apply for the 2025 Leiden University Excellence Scholarship, interested and qualified applicants should;

  • Click on the button below to visit the scholarship application page
  • 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.


Deadline: October 1, 2024

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