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Leiden University Excellence Scholarship Application Status 

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1st February & 1st October 2024


Leiden University Excellence Scholarship in Netherlands  

  • 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.


No of scholarships: Scholarship award is for 50-60 brilliant students

Host country: Students can take the scholarship in Netherland  

Host institute: Leiden University is the host institute of this scholarship

Level of study: Scholarships are available for post graduate (master) study programs

Courses: Scholarships are available for any field of study available at Leiden University

Benefits: Scholarship will cover the student’s tuition fee for master program   

Deadline: 1st Round: ends on 1st April

Second round: Ends on 15th October 

leiden scholarship study programs for Pakistani students

Postgraduate Study Programs in English Offered to Pakistanis in Leiden University 

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 –

  • Archaeology

  • International Institute for Asian Studies

  • Humanities

  • African Studies Centre

  • Medicine

  • Governance and Global Affairs

  • Law

  • Science

  • Social and Behavioral Sciences

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



Host country


Host institute

Leiden University

Benefits of Leiden Excellence Scholarship Paksitan

  • Students can apply for more than one field of study for post graduate studies

  • Schlolarship will cover tuition fee of the selected candidate 

Eligibility Criteria for Students to apply in Leiden University Excellence Scholarship 

Applicants who want to pursue master’s degree under Leiden University excellence scholarship program have to fulfill the following criteria

  • Applicant must have non- European passport

  • Must have a strong academic background (top 10 students in each field will be consider for scholarship)

  • If applicant have already received a degree from Leiden University then he/ she is not eligible to submit application

  • Students who already receiving a scholarship from Netherland cannot apply for Leiden University excellence scholarship program

  • Applicant must be proficient in English language

Application Procedure to Apply For 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.

Documents 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-

  • Pakistani students must comply to Dutch visa regulations

  • Pakistani students must submit proof of residential permit.

  • Leiden university application form from official website.

  • Transcript of undergraduate degree in the relevant field.

  • Letter of motivation

  • C.V

  • Copy of passport issued by the GOV of Pakistan.

Deadline to apply for Leiden University Scholarship

1st April for programs starting in September

15th October for programs starting in February

Number of scholarships Offered by Leiden Uniersity:

50 to 60

leiden scholarship faq

FAQs About Leiden University Excellence Scholarship Program 

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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