€15,000 Tuition-fee Awards Excellence Scholarship (LExS) for Master’s Degree Students at Leiden University, Netherlands 2024

Written by catherine.caoile on June 29, 2023

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Scholarship details

  • Area of study

    Archaeology, Asian Studies, Governance / Civil Society, Humanities, Law, Medicine, Science, Social Science
  • Country of the Scholarship

  • Scholarship Valid Until (Year)

  • Type of scholarship

    Master's scholarship
  • Scholarship amount given

    > 12000
  • Type of scholarship administrator

  • Mode of scholarship (Online/Offline)

  • Applier's country

  • Expenses covered

    Tuition fees
  • Scholarship Contact Details

    [email protected]

Leiden University extends its warm invitation to the outstanding students seeking to further a full-time Master’s degree program, granting them a unique chance to thrive academically and advance professionally. This scholarship opportunity encompasses diverse programs, except for the non-advanced LLM (Master of Laws) and MSc (Master of Science) programs offered at Leiden Law School.

Students applying must submit their applications by October 1, 2023. The scholarship is designed explicitly for non-EEA/non-EFTA students, except Advanced LLMs (Master of Laws) and MSc International Relations and Diplomacy, which welcome applicants from all nationalities. It falls under the category of study scholarships and applies to a range of faculties, including the following:

  • Archaeology
  • Humanities
  • Medicine/LUMC (Leiden University Medical Center)
  • Governance and Global Affairs
  • Law
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • Science
  • African Studies Centre
  • International Institute for Asian Studies

The scholarship opportunity provides a gateway to an exceptional education, allowing students to pursue their academic interests within one of the world’s most esteemed universities.

Source: Leiden University

Scholarship Provider: Leiden University 

About the Provider 

Leiden University, established in 1575, stands as a prominent international research institution in Europe, renowned for its academic excellence. With seven faculties and campuses located in both Leiden and The Hague, the university proudly upholds the motto of Praesidium Libertatis, which translates to “Bastion of Freedom.”

By choosing Leiden University as your academic institution, you embark on a transformative journey that expands both your personal, intellectual, and professional horizons. The university campuses in Leiden and The Hague foster a vibrant and diverse community, bringing together students and staff from all over the world.

They are dedicated to nurturing graduates who not only excel in their academic fields but also embrace their roles as active global citizens, actively contributing to finding solutions for the challenges our society faces. To achieve this, their teaching philosophy is deeply rooted in rigorous research practices.

Since its establishment in 1575, the university’s scientific research has played a significant role in creating a safer, healthier, more sustainable, prosperous, and equitable world. they have collaborated closely with their university partners, namely the Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam, as well as esteemed universities worldwide, fostering continuous growth in both our research and teaching endeavors.

Leiden truly embodies the essence of a student city, providing a welcoming and compact center that caters to all the needs of students. Within its friendly confines, you’ll discover everything essential for a fulfilling student experience. On the other hand, The Hague emerges as a rapidly expanding international student hub, presenting an ideal blend for a diverse and vibrant student lifestyle.

Scholarship Summary 

  • Applicant’s Nationality: International
  • Degree Level: Master’s Degree
  • Field: Eligible fields offered for the Master’s degree
  • Duration: NA
  • Scholarship Awards: Tuition fee
  • Scholarship Country: Netherlands
  • Renewable: NA
  • Offered Annually: Yes

Scholarship Eligibility 

Before proceeding with the application, interested students must meet the following criteria:

Nationality requirements:

  • Applicants must be holding a non-EEA/non-EFTA passport.
  • Eligibility for student finance from the Dutch government is generally not permitted, except for specific programs without nationality restrictions:
    • All LLM Advanced Studies programs
    • MSc in International Relations and Diplomacy *EEA/EFTA countries include all EU countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland.

Academic requirements:

  • The applicants must have achieved outstanding academic results in their previous study program, which should be relevant to the Master’s program they are applying for.
  • A strong indication that the student ranks among the top 10 graduates in their previous study program.
  • Note that formal proof of ranking is not required; this information is used to help the university measure the level of every applicant’s competitiveness.

Study program requirements:

  • The scholarship is only applicable to the Master’s programs at Leiden University, excluding Leiden Law School’s LLM and MSc programs, as well as programs starting in February at the Faculty of Humanities, the Faculty of Sciences, and Leiden Law School.

Important Note 

  • UK students, as non-EEA country residents, are now eligible to apply for the scholarship.

Application Process 

  • The application for the scholarship program can be accessed in an online portal provided by the university.
  • Keep in mind that it may take up to 2 days to create and submit your admission application. It is advisable to start the process well in advance of the LExS deadline.
  • Once the application for admission has been submitted online, return to the Apply screen at the online application. Click on the Scholarships section, where the LExS option will be visible if you are eligible to apply.
  • If the LExS option in the scholarships section is not visible, that is an indication that the admission application has not been submitted yet or possibly that the applicants are not eligible to apply for the scholarship program.
  • Applicants must submit a motivation letter that indicates their intentions for the scholarship program. The motivation letter should be uploaded in a PDF file with a maximum length of 500 words, explaining your reasons for seeking consideration for the scholarship.
  • It is important to submit the application before the deadline. Once the application has been submitted, no further changes can be made, it is important to check the necessary information needed for the application.

Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.

Selection Process

The selection committee will nominate the scholarship recipients within six weeks after the deadline.

Scholarship Deadline 

The deadline to complete and submit the application is until October 1, 2023.

Scholarship Benefits 

The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship (LExS) is granted for the entire duration of the chosen study program. The scholarship offers three different award levels, which include:

  • €10,000 reduction in tuition fees.
  • €15,000 reduction in tuition fees.
  • The total tuition fee minus the statutory tuition fee.

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