Scholarships in USA

Leiden University Excellence Scholarships (LexS)

Deadline for the scholarship: 1 Feb/1 Oct (annual)
Location of the host institution:  Netherlands, USA
Next course starts Sept 2020/Feb 2021

Brief description:

The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship Programme (LExS) is open to outstanding  Non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a full-time master’s degree programme at Leiden University.

Host Institution(s):

The host institution for the Leiden University excellence scholarship program is Leiden University, in the Netherlands, United states of America.

Level/Field of study:


All Masters programmes (with the exception of regular LLM (non-advanced) programmes) in the following Faculties: Archaeology, Humanities, Medicine/LUMC, Governance and Global Affairs, Law, Social and Behavioural Sciences, Science, Interfacultair Centrum voor Lerarenopleiding, Onderwijsontwikkeling en Nascholing (ICLON), African Studies Centre, International Institute for Asian Studies

Number of Awards:

The number and type of award of the scholarship depends on the budget available for each Faculty department. To clarify, check the official scholarship website provided below.

Target group:

The target groups for the Leiden university excellence scholarship program are Non-EU/EEA international students.

Scholarship value/duration:

The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship programme has 3 awards:

• the first one is the € 10.000 of the tuition fee
•  the second award id the € 15.000 of the tuition fee
• while the last award category is the Total tuition fee minus the statutory tuition fee. This means that the total tuition fee would be given but the statutory fee would not be provided to successful applicants

The LExS is not a full scholarship, only part of the amount needed for the course is provided for the successful candidates while the candidate provides the rest. Non-EEA LExS recipients must still submit ‘proof of sufficient funds’ for their student visa/residence permit application.


The scholarship awards excellence therefore, Students must have achieved excellent study results in their previous education, this being 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: 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 (Studiefinanciering).

Application instructions:

You must first apply online for admissions to a Master’s programme 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. The deadline for programmes starting in September is 1 February (exception – LLM Advanced Studies programmes: 1 March) while programmes starting in February has a deadline of 1 October.

The program is not a one time opportunity but is annual so you might as well prepare for the next opportunity. You also have the time to find out more about the host institution and the policies surrounding the school and the state, how being educated under the Leiden University, Netherlands would benefit you and if the enviroment would be conducive for your learning.

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


Official Scholarship Website: Check the website for further information about the leiden university excellence scholarship program, also check the requirements needed for your course of interest so as to be well prepared for the application process. in case you find the application process difficult, contact the university through the link provided above.

please be informed that 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. make sure you ask for help where you are finding it difficult during application.