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Leiden University Scholarships

There are 5 scholarships available at Leiden University.

Leiden University Excellence Scholarship programme (LExS)

Eligibility requirements

Non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a Leiden University master's degree programme starting February 2017 or September 2017. All MA, MSc and LLM programmes that are mentioned on the website Master's programmes in Leiden are eligible for LExS, but note that some programmes have a start date in September only. Students of all nationalities enrolling in the Advanced Master programmes in the list below starting February 2017 or September 2017. The programmes listed below have a September start date only, with the exception of Advanced 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:

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.

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.

Application details

Fill in your online application for admission to Leiden University. Upload all required documents. Indicate clearly that you would like to apply for the LExS scholarship on the scholarship page. Please note that if you apply for more than one master's programme, you have to indicate that you apply for the LExS scholarship for all these programmes separately. Upload your letter of motivation for the LExS scholarship on the scholarship page. Deadline 1 October 2016 for all programmes starting in February 2017; deadline for programmes starting September 2017: all programmes except law 1 February 2017, Law programmes 1 March 2017.

Value details

€ 10.000 of the tuition fee; € 15.000 of the tuition fee; Total tuition fee minus the statutory tuition fee

Application deadline

1 February 2017, 1 March 2017

Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) - PhD students

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must be a professional and a national of, and working and living in one of the following countries: Afghanistan, Mali, Albania, Nepal, Bangladesh, Mozambique, Armenia, Nicaragua, Benin, Myanmar (Burma), Bolivia, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Peru, Burundi, Palestinian Territories, Cambodia, Philippines, Colombia, Rwanda, Cuba, Senegal, Djibouti, Somalia, DR Congo, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, South Africa, Egypt, Sudan, Ghana, Eritrea, Surinam, India, Tanzania, Georgia, Thailand, Indonesia, Uganda, Guatemala, Zambia, Kenya, Vietnam, Jordan, Zimbabwe, Yemen, Macedonia.

  • Applicants have been unconditionally admitted to a PhD programme at Leiden University.
  • Applicants are nominated by their employers and have an employer’s statement that complies with the format Nuffic has provided (see step 5 of the application procedure below). 
  • Applicants must have an official and valid passport. 
  • Applicants do not receive more than one fellowship for the courses that take place at the same time.

Application details

After you and the proposed supervisor (promotor) agree on your research proposal and research plan, you have to apply to the Graduate School of the Faculty where you plan to conduct your PhD research. Apply for the NFP PhD scholarship via Atlas, the online application tool for NFP scholarships.

Value details

The allowance is a contribution towards the costs of living, the costs of tuition fees, visas, travel, insurance and thesis research

Application deadline

Expected October 2017

Leiden Science China Scholarship

Eligibility requirements

Application for the Leiden Science Scholarship (LSC) is open for motivated students enrolling in a Leiden Master of Science programme - excluding the MSc Industrial Ecology - per September 2016 or February 2017. Only non-EU/EEA tuition students who have a relevant bachelor’s degree from one of the following Chinese science partner universities can apply for the LSC scholarship.

Chinese science partner universities: 

  • Beijing Foreign Studies University
  • Beijing Institute of Technology
  • Beijing Language and Culture University
  • Peking University
  • Tsinghua University
  • University of Electronic Science and Technology
  • Sichuan University
  • Chongqing University
  • University of Science and Technology of China
  • Nanjing University of Science and Technology
  • Nanjing University
  • East China Normal University
  • Jiao tong University
  • Wuhan University
  • Xidian University
  • Northwestern Polytechnical University
  • Xiamen University

Additional requirements:

  • Only if an applicant is admitted into one of the MSc programmes, will a decision be made.
  • Students are allowed to submit applications for several scholarships at one time. However, it is not possible to combine scholarships which are provided or sponsored by Leiden University.
  • Students who are granted the LSC scholarship must comply with the Rules and Regulations attached to the scholarship prior to the granting of the scholarship.

Application details

  • Fill in your online application for admission to Leiden University before the deadline.
  • Upload all the required documents.
  • Please indicate clearly that you would like to apply for the LSC scholarship on the scholarship page of your online application.
  • Submit your application.

Value details

LSC covers 25% of the non-EU/EEA tuition fee (approx. 5.000 euro) and will be subtracted from this tuition fee before the start of the academic year

Application deadline

1 April 2017

Leiden Science Indonesia Scholarship

Eligibility requirements

Application for the Leiden Science Indonesia Scholarship (LSI) is open for motivated students enrolling in a Leiden Master of Science Programme - excluding the MSc Industrial Ecology - per September 2016 or February 2017. Only non-EU/EEA tuition students who have a relevant bachelor’s degree from one of the following partner universities can apply for this scholarship.

Indonesian science partner universities:

Universitas Padjadjaran, Bandung; Institut Teknologi Bandung, Bandung; Institut Pertanian Bogor, Bogor; Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta; Universitas Gadjah Mada, Yogyakarta.

Additional requirements:

  • Only if an applicant is admitted into one of the MSc programmes, will a decision be made.
  • Students are allowed to submit applications for several scholarships at one time. However, it is not possible to combine scholarships which are provided or sponsored by.
  • Students who are granted the LSI scholarship must comply with the Rules and Regulation attached to the scholarship prior to the granting of the scholarship.

Application details

  • Fill in your online application for admission to Leiden University before the deadline.
  • Upload all the required documents.
  • Please indicate clearly that you would like to apply for the LSI scholarship on the scholarship page of your online application.
  • Submit your application.

Value details

Covers 25% of the application fee (approx. 5.000 euro) and will be subtracted from this tuition fee before the start of the academic year

Application deadline

1 April 2017

Netherlands Fellowship Programmes (NFP) Master

Eligibility requirements

Applicants must be a professional and a national of, and working and living in one of the following countries: Afghanistan, Mali, Albania, Nepal, Bangladesh, Mozambique, Armenia, Nicaragua, Benin, Myanmar (Burma), Bolivia, Pakistan, Bhutan, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Peru, Burundi, Palestinian Territories, Cambodia, Philippines, Colombia, Rwanda, Cuba, Senegal, Djibouti, Somalia, DR Congo, Sri Lanka, Ethiopia, South Africa, Egypt, Sudan, Ghana, Eritrea, Surinam, India, Tanzania, Georgia, Thailand, Indonesia, Uganda, Guatemala, Zambia, Kenya, Vietnam, Jordan, Zimbabwe, Yemen, Macedonia.

Applicants have been unconditionally admitted to one of the following master programmes:

  • LLM Advanced Studies in Air and Space Law
  • LLM Advanced Studies in European and International Business Law (September intake only) 
  • LLM Advanced Studies in International Tax Law (September intake only)
  • LLM Advanced Studies in Public International Law (September intake only)
  • MA African Studies
  • MA African Studies (Research)
  • MA/MSc Archaeology (Research)
  • MA Asian Studies (2 jaar): Korean Studies (September intake only)
  • MSc Astronomy
  • MSc Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • MSc Biology
  • MSc Biomedical Sciences
  • MSc Computer Science
  • MSc ICT in Business
  • MA International Relations
  • MSc Life Science & Technology
  • MA Linguistics
  • MSc Mathematics (including ALGANT) 
  • MA Media Studies
  • MSc Media Technology
  • MA Middle Eastern Studies
  • MA Neerlandistiek/Dutch Studies
  • MSc Public Administration
  • LLM Law: European Law
  • LLM Law: Public International Law
  • MA Theology and Religious Studies  

Applicants are nominated by their employers and have an employer’s statement that complies with the format Nuffic has provided.

Application details

Fill in your online application for admission to a Master's Programme at Leiden University. Please note that if you are applying for an NFP scholarship for a master’s programme you are still required to pay the €100 application fee. Upload all the required documents with your online application to Leiden University. Upload the employer's statement with your online application to Leiden University. Submit your online application to Leiden University.   

Value details

Covers the tuition fee and health insurance and provides a contribution towards study materials, international travel costs, visa costs and living expenses

Application deadline

December 2016

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