Leiden University Excellence Scholarships 2021 in the Netherlands

Leiden University Excellence Scholarships 2021 in the Netherlands

Leiden University offers Funding for International Students in the ongoing Leiden University Excellence Scholarships 2021 in the Netherlands.

This scholarship comes with lots of opportunities that you can leverage on at a Postgraduate student.

About Leiden University Excellence Scholarships

The Leiden University Excellence Scholarships (LExS)  is for excellent non-EEA/non-EFTA* students joining a full-time Leiden University Master’s degree programme; and for excellent students of all nationalities joining an LLM Advanced Studies programme or the Master’s in International Relations & Diplomacy.

Eligibility and Requirements


To apply and qualify for LExS 2021;

  • Applicants must be Non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a Leiden University master’s degree programme starting September 2021
  • Applicants must have previous degrees with excellent grades
Academic requirements
  • 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

Scholarship Benefits and Details

The scholarship will cover;

  • € 10.000 of the tuition fee
  • € 15.000 of the tuition fee
  • Total tuition fee minus the statutory tuition fee (also referred to as home fee).
  • Scholarship Sponsor(s): Leiden University.
  • Scholarships to be taken at: Leiden University, Netherlands.
  • Scholarship Type: Tuition Award.
  • Scholarship level: Postgraduate
  • Slots: Not stated.
  • Subject Eligibility: All Master’s programme at Leiden University – with the exception of LLM (non-advanced) programmes.
  • Country/Candidate Eligibility:  International Students.

How to Apply for this Scholarship

All interested and qualified applicants for the Leiden University Excellence Scholarships in the Netherlands may follow the steps below to apply;

  • Apply for admission into a Master’s programme at the university and pay necessary acceptance fees (where applicable)
  • Indicate your interest to apply for a LExS in the scholarship section of your online application.
  • 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.

Visit the Webpage for Further Details.

Application Deadline: 

  • The Leiden University Excellence Scholarships 2021 Programmes begins on Sept 2020 and closes 1st Feb 2021
  • Exception – LLM Advanced Studies programmes: 1st March 2021