Graduate Scholarships in Leiden University

Type: Master’s Degree

Who: Students interested in studying their Master’s degree in Leiden University

What: Tuition Fees

When: 2021 – 2022

Where: Leiden University, The Netherlands

Program Length: 3 years

Deadline to Apply: 01 October 2020

Citizenship: Algeria, Bahrain, Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

Destination Countries: Netherlands

Academic Subject(s): All Subjects


The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship Programme (LExS) is open to outstanding  students from outside the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) who are enrolling in a full-time master’s degree program at Leiden University, in the Netherlands.

The scholarship in available for all master’s programs, with the exception of regular LLM (non-advanced) programs, in 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, and ICLON — Interfacultair Centrum voor Lerarenopleiding, Onderwijsontwikkeling en Nascholing (Interfaculty Center for Teacher Education, Educational Development and Training).

The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship Programme has three awards:

– 10,000 euros of the tuition fee

– 15,000 euros of the tuition fee

– Total tuition fee minus the statutory tuition fee

Deadline: October 1, 2020, for those starting in the spring semester


Students must have achieved excellent study results in their previous education, this being relevant to the Master’s program for which they are applying. As an indication, the student is amongst the top 10 percent of graduates in his/her previous study program. Note: Proof of ranking is not required – this information is purely to indicate the level of competitiveness.

Applicants must have a non-EEA* passport and may not be eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans. 

How to Apply

You must first apply online for admission to a master’s program at Leiden University. In your application, you must indicate clearly that you would like to apply for the LExS scholarship and upload your letter of motivation for the LExS scholarship on the scholarship page. 

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

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