Astronomy Masters Scholarship 2019 at Leiden University, Netherlands
  • Partial Scholarship
  • Leiden

Apply for the Astronomy Masters Scholarship 2019 at Leiden University, Netherlands.

Leiden Observatory is pleased to offer Oort scholarships to excellent, non-Dutch master’s students. The scholarships are meant for 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. Successful candidates must be of outstanding academic merit and in need of financial support.

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Leiden Observatory was founded in 1633 and the oldest university astronomy department in the world with a distinguished history. The work of famous astronomers such as De Sitter, Hertzsprung, Oort, Blaauw, and Van de Hulst made Leiden an internationally renowned center of astronomical research. Leiden Observatory offers a wide range of Astronomy master’s specialisations in which students actively participate in front-line research. Many of the students who have obtained their master’s degree in Leiden enroll in the PhD programme, during which they are paid a very competitive salary for four years.




  • 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.


  • 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.
Eligible Regions: Open for all except Dutch students

Application Process

Applicants who wish to be considered for an Oort scholarship must do the following before the deadline of  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
    1. outstanding academic merit and
    2. need for financial support. Make sure to include your full contact information and send it to [email protected]

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Application Deadline: February 1, 2019

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For Further Queries

For more information and questions about entry requirements, admissions procedures, tuition fees and scholarships, please contact the programme coordinator. Arianne Pen Programme coordinator +31 (0)71 527 5839 [email protected]
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