Leiden University Excellence Scholarships (LexS)

Publish Date: May 15, 2015

Deadline: Oct 01, 2015

For whom?

  1. Non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a Leiden University master's degree programme starting September 2015 or February 2016 (All MA, MSc and LLM programmes as mentioned on the website Master's programmes in Leiden - http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/, a number of programmes have a start date in September only).
  2. All nationalities enrolling in the following programmes starting September 2015 or  February 2016 (programmes listed below have a September start date only, with the exception of Adv. Studies in Air & Space Law): 
    • Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in Air & Space Law
    • Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in European & International Business Law 
    • Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Tax Law 
    • Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in Public International Law 
    • Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Civil & Commercial Law 
    • Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in Law & Digital Technologies
    • Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in European Tax Law
    • Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in European & International Human Rights Law
    • Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Children's Rights
    • MSc in International Relations & Diplomacy

Additional requirements 

  1. In his or her prior academic education abroad, the applicant must have achieved excellent study results which are relevant for the programme for which the student wishes to enrol. As an indication, the student will be among the top 10% for the relevant programme followed abroad. We do not need proof of this, it is just to indicate the competitiveness of the scholarship.
  2. The applicant will hold a non-EU/EEA passport and will not be eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans ("Studiefinanciering"; more information - http://www.ib-groep.nl/). This does not apply to applicants who apply for a LexS for programmes mentioned under point 2 "For whom".
  3. Scholarships will not be awarded to applicants who have already obtained a Leiden University master’s degree.
  4. Students who are granted a LExS must comply with and confirm in writing their agreement with the Rules and Regulations - http://media.leidenuniv.nl/legacy/lexs-rules-and-regulations---july-2014.pdf attached to the scholarship prior to the granting of the scholarship. 

Scholarship Amount

The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship programme has 3 awards: 

  • € 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 - http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/arrange/collegegeld/)

The number and type of award of the scholarship depends on the budget available for each Faculty department. The type of award has no reflection on the students' academic level of excellence. Please be aware that the LExS is not a full scholarship.

Application procedure for September 2015/February 2016 intake 

Step  Procedure Deadline
1 Fill in your online application - http://koala.leidenuniv.nl/iooa/oa/Index.php for admission to Leiden University.*


LExS closed for all faculties for programmes starting in September 2015 except International Children's Rights.

Deadline 1 May 2015 for Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Children's Rights.

Deadline 1 October 2015 for all programmes starting in February 2016. 

2 Upload all required documents - http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/arrange/admission/
3 Indicate clearly that you would like to apply for the LExS scholarship on the scholarship page.
4 Upload your letter of motivation for the LExS scholarship on the scholarship page.
5 Submit your online application.
6 Pay the application fee.


All LExS applicants will be informed by the scholarship department of Student Educational Affairs.

End of April 2015 for the September 2015 intake for all programmes except Law programmes.
Mid May 2015 for the September 2015 intake for all Law programmes.


Mid November 2015 for the February 2016 intake.

 * Students who have a bachelor’s degree from Leiden University and intend to continue in the related master’s programme do not have to apply for admission but can register directly in studielink. If you want to be considered for a LExS please send an e-mail stating that you want to apply for the LExS including a motivation letter in pdf. In this mail clearly state: your name, your student number, which programme you want to apply for and for which intake. You can send this mail to: scholarships@sea.leidenuniv.nl. Step 1 - 6 are not applicable for these students.  

Please do respect the deadlines. Mails sent after the deadline will not be considered.

Letter of motivation 

To apply for the LExS, you should write a letter of motivation (in Word) of a maximum of 500 words, in which you indicate why you believe you should be considered for this scholarship. The Word document should then be attached on the scholarship page in your online application - http://en.mastersinleiden.nl/arrange/admission/ for the master's programmes for which you are applying.

It is possible to submit applications for more scholarship programmes simultaneously. However, it is not possible to obtain more than 1 scholarship from Leiden University for the same study programme.

If you have already submitted your online application for admission to Leiden University, but would still like to apply for the LExS scholarship, we kindly request you to submit the LExS motivation letter to the Scholarships department (by sending an e-mail to scholarships@sea.leidenuniv.nl, stating "LExS motivation letter" in your subject) before the deadline.

Selection process

The Faculty selection committee will review the applications. Students are selected on the basis of academic merit.


The student is responsible for submitting a complete application, according to the steps described under 1 - 6 by the aforementioned deadline. Leiden University cannot be held responsible for late and/or incomplete applications.

Please note

Students should be aware that the LExS is not a full scholarship. It is necessary to find additional funding to be able to finance their study and stay completely.

One of the requirements for being granted a residence permit in the Netherlands is that students must submit proof that they have sufficient financial means to finance their study period in the Netherlands. Leiden University advises a budget, not including the tuition fee, of approx. €12,000 to €15,000 per year to cover the costs for rent, insurance, living expenses, course books, and local transportation. How much money students actually spend will of course depend on their life style and spending habits.

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