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Leiden University Scholarships

There are 2 scholarships available at Leiden University.

J.H. Oort Scholarship in Astronomy for International MSc Students

Eligibility requirements

Leiden Observatory is pleased to announce the availability of Oort Scholarship for excellent, foreign (i.e. non-Dutch) MSc students. The scholarships are meant for students who have a BSc degree (or its equivalent) in astronomy or physics, and wish to obtain their MSc degree in Astronomy (Research specialisation) at Leiden University. Successful candidates must be of outstanding academic merit and in need of financial support.

Application details

MSc applicants who wish to be considered for an Oort scholarship must do the following before the deadline of October 15 (Starting in February) or February 1 (Starting in September):

  • Apply for admission to the MSc program in astronomy through the online application system. Note that only applications that are completed before the deadline are guaranteed full consideration.
  • Send a brief statement by email. The statement should include full contact information and it should motivate why the candidate satisfies the two conditions of a) outstanding academic merit and b) need for financial support.

Leiden Observatory, founded in 1633, is 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 MSc courses and students actively participate in front-line research. Many of the students who have obtained their MSc degree in Leiden enroll in the PhD programme, during which they are paid a very competitive salary for 4 years.

Value details

For a full scholarship the tuition fee 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.

Application deadline

1 February 2018

Leiden University Excellence Scholarship programme (LExS)

Eligibility requirements

Non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a Leiden University master's degree programme starting February 2017 or September 2017. All MA, MSc and LLM programmes that are mentioned on the website Master's programmes in Leiden are eligible for LExS, but note that some programmes have a start date in September only. Students of all nationalities enrolling in the Advanced Master programmes in the list below starting February 2017 or September 2017. The programmes listed below have a September start date only, with the exception of Advanced Studies in Air & Space Law:   

  • Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in Air & Space Law
  • Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in European & International Business Law 
  • Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Tax Law 
  • Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in Public International Law 
  • Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Civil & Commercial Law 
  • Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in Law & Digital Technologies
  • Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in European Tax Law
  • Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in European & International Human Rights Law
  • Master of Laws: Advanced Studies in International Children's Rights
  • MSc in International Relations & Diplomacy.

Additional requirements:

In his or her prior academic education abroad, the applicant must have achieved excellent study results which are relevant for the programme for which the student wishes to enrol. As an indication, the student will be among the top 10% for the relevant programme followed abroad. We do not need proof of this, it is just to indicate the competitiveness of the scholarship.

The applicant will hold a non-EU/EEA passport and will not be eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans.

Application details

Fill in your online application for admission to Leiden University. Upload all required documents. Indicate clearly that you would like to apply for the LExS scholarship on the scholarship page. Please note that if you apply for more than one master's programme, you have to indicate that you apply for the LExS scholarship for all these programmes separately. Upload your letter of motivation for the LExS scholarship on the scholarship page. Deadline for all programmes starting in February 2018: 1 October 2017, End of April 2017 for the September 2017 intake, and End of November 2017 for the February 2018 intake.  

Value details

€ 10.000 of the tuition fee; € 15.000 of the tuition fee; Total tuition fee minus the statutory tuition fee

Application deadline

Expected October 2018

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