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The Leiden University Excellence Scholarships (LexS) is a merit-based scholarship program that is awarded to outstanding non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a master's degree program at Leiden University in the Netherlands. The scholarship is designed to reward and attract excellent students with exceptional academic achievements and provide them with financial support to pursue their studies at one of the top-ranked universities in the world.

Level of Study

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

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.


To be eligible for the Leiden University Excellence Scholarships (LexS), applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a non-EU/EEA student
  • Be admitted to a master's degree program at Leiden University
  • Have excellent academic performance and achievements
  • Have a high level of proficiency in English, as demonstrated by a valid TOEFL or IELTS score
  • Be able to comply with the Dutch visa regulations
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