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 Leiden University Excellence Scholarship 2022 in Netherlands  (LEXS) Overview for Pakistani Students 


  • The Leiden excellence scholarship is a scholarship provided by the Leiden University for the students who belong to the Non-European union countries including Pakistani Students. The student must have an outstanding academic profile.

  • The foundation of Leiden university dates back to 1575 that makes it a heritage university and studying in it will put a strong foundation for the career of Pakistani students. Due to this history background the university lays great emphasis on social studies.

  • The university has over 50 departments and has 40 research institutions. The Leiden scholarship is for the students belonging to nationalities of non-European countries for postgraduate program. The Leiden scholarship is provided for the whole period of study that is 1 or 2 years.


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Leiden University, Postgraduate Study Programs in English Offered to Pakistanis

The University of Leiden has been ranked as the top most universities in across the globe by many studies. Students can take admissions in courses offered by the following departments –


  1. Archaeology

  2. International Institute for Asian Studies

  3. Humanities

  4. African Studies Centre

  5. Medicine

  6. Onderwijsontwikkeling en Nascholing

  7. Governance and Global Affairs

  8. Interfacultair Centrum voor Lerarenopleiding

  9. Law

  10. Science

  11. Social and Behavioral Sciences


List of Courses Offered to International Students by Leiden Excellence Scholarship


All the Postgraduate course provided by the above departments except LLM ((non-advanced) programs).





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Host institute

Leiden University


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Benefits of Leiden Excellence Scholarship Paksitan

  •  The Pakistani students can apply for more than one postgraduate course under the scholarship.





Criteria for Pakistani Students to Apply for The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship

The following documents are needed and the application procedure is required to be followed by the Pakistani Students-


  1. Pakistani students must comply to Dutch visa regulations

  2. Pakistani students must submit proof of residential permit.

  3. Leiden university application form from official website.

  4. Transcript of undergraduate degree in the relevant field.

  5. Letter of motivation

  6. C.V

  7. Copy of passport issued by the GOV of Pakistan.


Application Procedure to Apply in Leiden University Excellence Scholarship 

  • Submit the online application program form

  • Under scholarship section the Pakistani students needs to mention that they want to be considered for Excellence scholarship.

  • Submit a separate letter of motivation of 500 words of why the Pakistani students wants to be considered for the scholarship.

  • Pakistani students can apply for more than one scholarship for more than one course and gain scholarship for them.

  • The Pakistani students who has been selected will be informed by end of November - for the February intake, end of April - for the September intake.


Deadlines and Dates of Leiden University Scholarship for Pakistani Students-

1 October for program starting February, 1 February for program starting in September.


Number of scholarships Offered by Leiden Uniersity Excellence to International Students-

50 to 60





Eligibility Criteria for Pakistani Students to apply in Leiden University Excellence

  • The students must be a bearer of non-European union passport that is Pakistani students can apply.

  • The students must be amongst the top 10% of students in their undergraduate course.

  • Scholarship is not provided to the students who have previously received a degree from the Leiden University.

  • Leiden university excellence scholarship cannot be combined with other scholarships provided by the university, the Pakistani students who are recipients of other scholarships are not eligible for this scholarship.

  • TOEFL (80 -113), IELTS (6.5-7.5).



leiden scholarship faq


Can a student from Pakistan apply for Leiden Excellence scholarship?

Yes a student from Pakistan can apply for this scholarship.


Can a Pakistani student apply for the Leiden university excellence scholarship for research program?

No a student can only apply for the study based program.


 Is there and English language proficiency test requirement for Leiden Excellence Scholarship?

Yes there is a requirement for the admission hence for the scholarship too.


Can a student get scholarship for more than one program at Leidin University under this scholarship?

Yes a student can be apply for more than one master’s program.


Does this scholarship provide for other allowances too?

No it just a sort of tuition fee waiver.


Does Pakistani student need to have the residential permit prior to reception of scholarship?

Yes a Pakistani student must possess the permit ahead of their scholarship reception.


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