Fully Funded Scholarship in Netherlands 2021

For excellent students joining a full-time Leiden University Master’s degree programme – with the exception of LLM (non-advanced) and MSc programmes at Leiden Law School. Laiden University is offering fully funeded scholarships for international students in 2021.

Scholarship Details:

Laiden University Excellence Scholarships are now open in Netherlands.

The LExS is awarded for the duration of the study programme. There are three available levels of awards:

  • ‚ā¨ 10,000 of the tuition fee
  • ‚ā¨ 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 ‚Äėproof of sufficient funds‚Äô for their student¬†visa/residence permit application.

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 ‚Äď this information is purely to indicate the level of competitiveness.


  • Scholarships will not be awarded to applicants who have already obtained a Leiden University Master‚Äôs 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) or MSc¬†programme¬†at Leiden Law School, as these programmes do not award LExS scholarships.¬†¬†
  • For LLM Advanced Studies programmes, scholarships are only awarded for programmes starting on 1¬†September. You cannot be awarded a scholarship for Adv LLM studies starting on 1 Feb.
  • 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. ¬†

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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.

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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.

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