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Scholarships at Leiden University

There are 6 scholarships available at Leiden University.

LUF International Study Fund (LISF)

Eligibility requirements

Students and recent graduates of Leiden University who have an original plan for a project abroad can apply for a LISF grant. This project can be research, education, internships, conference participation or PhD preparation. The LUF International Study Fund can help you to finance your plans.

Application details

Applicants can refer LUF website for application procedures and deadlines. 

Value details

Scholarship granted by the commission of the LUF International Study Fund (LISF) amounts to a maximum of €2,000. For a conference or symposium a grant with a maximum of € 300 can be awarded.

Walraven scholarship

Eligibility requirements

For who?

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 and Instrumentation at Leiden University.

Eligibility requirements

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.

Application details

Applicants who wish to be considered for a Walraven 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):

Apply for admission to the Astronomy and Instrumentation master's programme through the online application system. Note that only applications that are completed before the deadline are guaranteed full consideration.
Write a brief statement motivating why you satisfy the two conditions of a) outstanding academic merit and b) need for financial support. 

Value details

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.

Leiden University Excellence Scholarship (LExS)

Eligibility requirements

Students must have achieved excellent academic results in their previous study programme(s), which must be relevant to the Master's programme for which they are applying. As an indication, the student is amongst the top 10% of graduates in his/her previous study programme. Note that proof of ranking is not required – this information is purely to indicate the level of competitiveness.

Applicants for all Master's programme at Leiden University - with the exception of LLM (non-advanced) programmes.

Nationality requirements

For non-EEA/non-EFTA* nationals who are applying for a Master's programme at Leiden University. See additional note for UK students below.
For students of all nationalities applying for an LLM Advanced Studies programme, or the MSC in International Relations and Diplomacy.

Application details

Students can apply online. 

Deadline: Programmes starting Feb: 1 Oct / Programmes starting Sept: 1 Feb / Exception - LLM Advanced Studies programmes: 1 March.

Value details

There are three available levels of awards: € 10,000 of the tuition fee; € 15,000 of the tuition fee, Total tuition fee minus the statutory tuition fee.

Trustee Funds (Curatorenfondsen)

Eligibility requirements

Students who wish to undertake an activity abroad that is related to their Leiden University study programme, but are unable to fund the activity without additional financial support. 

Deadline: Two weeks before the activity abroad.

Application details

Applicants can submit the necessary documents either by email, in person at Plexus Student Centre, or by post.

Value details

The scholarship consists of a one-off contribution towards the cost of your study-related activity abroad. For a trip of 10 months or longer, the maximum amount that can be awarded is 600 euro. Students may apply for funding for more than one trip, however the maximum amount that can be awarded for all trips is 700 euro in total.

Oort scholarship

Eligibility requirements

For who?

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.

Eligibility requirements

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.

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

Application details

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.

Value details

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.

CEU-Praesidium Libertatis Scholarship

Eligibility requirements

  • At the time of application you must be registered as a student at CEU.
  • You must obtain your degree from CEU in the academic year prior to the start of your Master’s programme at Leiden University.

Selection process

The Praesidium Libertatis committee at Leiden University will select two scholarship awardees from the list of preselected nominees received from Central European University.  The names of the scholarship awardees will be announced at the beginning of May by Leiden University's Scholarships Team.

Background

The CEU-Praesidium Libertatis Scholarship focuses on good governance, sustainable development and social transformation within Europe and on a wider global scale. It was initiated in 2001 to increase the visibility of CEU’s academic achievements and to foster the academic development and professional careers of CEU graduates.

Application details

  • Complete and submit an online application for admission to one of the eligible Master’s programmes at Leiden University.
  • Pay the application fee of € 100.
  • Complete the application procedure at CEU 

Value details

Monthly stipend of € 970 (for a period of 12 months)