Oort scholarship for International Students at Leiden University in 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.



Scholarships Number and 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.


Education Level & Subject:

The scholarships are available to pursue a master degree in field of Astronomy.



-Applicants 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.

-Applicants must be a student with a non-Dutch nationality

-Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in astronomy or physics

-Your previous study results should be of outstanding academic merit

-Applicants have no other financial support (e.g. scholarships, grants) for your master’s study

-Applicants are planning to obtain your master’s degree in any of the folllowing research specialisations: Astronomy ResearchAstronomy and CosmologyAstronomy and Instrumentation or Astronomy and Data Science.

-Applicants should have a very good command of English language.


How to Apply:

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 masters@strw.leidenuniv.nl.



October 1 (for students starting in February) and February 1 (for students starting in September)


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