Leiden University Excellence Scholarships (LexS)

Masters Degree

Deadline: 1 Feb/1 Oct (annual)
Study in: Netherlands
Next course starts Sept 2020/Feb 2021

For whom

  1. Study programme requirements
    Applicants for all Master’s programme at Leiden University – with the exception of LLM (non-advanced) programmes.
  2. Nationality 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.
    *EEA/EFTA: All EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland

Additional note for UK students
If there is no deal specifying otherwise, after Brexit day, UK citizens will be required to pay the same tuition fee as non-EEA/non-EFTA students. If this occurs, UK students will become eligible for the LExS. With this in mind, UK nationals are now permitted to apply for the LExS for study programmes beginning in February 2020. However, in the event of a deal, LExS applications from UK nationals will be cancelled. More information on Brexit can be found in the Brexit dossier.

  1. 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
    Application conditions
    Applicants must have a non-EEA/non-EFTA* passport and may not be eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans (Studiefinanciering) – with the exceptions of students applying for the programmes listed below, for which no nationality restrictions apply:

All LLM Advanced Studies programmes
MSc in International Relations and Diplomacy
See the special note for UK students** above.

Students who are granted a LExS must comply with, and confirm in writing, their agreement with the Rules and Regulations attached to the scholarship prior to the awarding of the scholarship.

Scholarships will not be awarded to applicants who have already obtained a Leiden University Master’s degree, with the exception of students applying for a Master programme for which a specified previous Master programme or work experience is mandatory (e.g. LLM advanced studies programmes).
Scholarships cannot be awarded to students who will follow an LLM (non-advanced) programme at Leiden University, as these programmes do not award LExS scholarships.
It is not possible to combine the LExS with another scholarship financed by Leiden University.
It is not possible to combine the LExS with another full scholarship from an external provider. Students are obliged to notify the scholarships department if they receive a full scholarship from another source. In some circumstances, the LExS may be combined with a partial scholarship from an external provider. Contact the Scholarships Team for further details.
Scholarship or loan amount
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
The LExS is not a full scholarship. Non-EEA LExS recipients must still submit ‘proof of sufficient funds’ for their student visa/residence permit application.

Application process
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.
Selection process
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.
    The student is responsible for submitting a complete application, according to the steps described above and before the aforementioned deadline. Leiden University cannot be held responsible for late and/or incomplete applications.

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