Leiden Observatory offers Oort scholarships to excellent, non-Dutch master’s students who have a bachelor’s degree in astronomy or physics and wish to obtain their master’s (MSc) degree in Astronomy research at Leiden University in the Netherlands. Successful candidates must be of outstanding academic merit and in need of financial support.

An applicant must be a student with a bachelor’s degree (BSc or equivalent) in astronomy or physics with a desire to obtain your master’s (MSc) degree in Astronomy at Leiden University.

Worth of Award
  • The Oort scholarship is for one year, with conditional renewal for a second year upon successful completion of the first year.
  • For a full scholarship, the tuition fee for the Astronomy Research master’s programme will be reduced to the amount of the home fee and you will receive an allowance of up to €11,000 per year for living costs. Partial scholarships may also be awarded. The Oort scholarship is paid as a monthly allowance. If you stop your Astronomy master’s studies for whatever reason, the Oort scholarship payments will be stopped directly.

Eligibility 

  • You must be a student with a non-Dutch nationality
  • You must have a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in astronomy or physics
  • Your previous study results should be of outstanding academic merit
  • You have no other financial support (e.g. scholarships, grants) for your master’s study
  • You are planning to obtain your master’s degree in any of the following research specialisations: Astronomy Research, Astronomy and Cosmology, Astronomy and Instrumentation or Astronomy and Data Science.
  • You must be a student with a bachelor’s degree (BSc or equivalent) in astronomy or physics with a desire to obtain your master’s (MSc) degree in Astronomy at Leiden University.
How to Apply

Applicants who wish to be considered for an Oort scholarship must do the following before the deadline of October 1 (when planning to start in February) or February 1 (when planning to start in September):

  1. Apply for admission to the Astronomy master’s programme through the online application system. Note that only applications that are completed before the deadline are guaranteed full consideration.
  2. Write a brief statement motivating why you satisfy the two conditions of a) outstanding academic merit and b) need for financial support. Make sure to include your full contact information and send it to [email protected].

Upon submitting your application, you will receive an acknowledgement of receipt. The Board of Admissions will check your admission to the Astronomy master’s programme and your application for the Oort scholarship.

Deadline:  Applications close on 1st October 2018 (for students starting in February) and February 1 (for students starting in September). Within a month after the submission deadline, you will be informed about the outcome.

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