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.
- October 1 (for students starting in February) and February 1 (for students starting in September)
- Target group
- Countries/ nationalities
- The Oort scholarship is only available to non-Dutch students
- Scholarship type
- Study, Research
- 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 folllowing research specialisations: Astronomy Research, Astronomy and Cosmology, Astronomy and Instrumentation or Astronomy and Data Science.
- During your Astronomy master's studies you must pay the statutory faculty tuition fee to Leiden University.
- If you stop your Astronomy master's studies for whatever reason, you have to inform the Education Office Astronomy as soon as possible at email@example.com.
- You cannot be awarded an Oort scholarship if you are a student with the Dutch nationality.
- You cannot combine the Oort scholarship with other scholarships or grants supporting you financially.
- You are not eligible for the Oort scholarship if you plan to obtain your master's degree in any of the following specialisations: Astronomy and Science Based Business, Astronomy and Science Communication & Society, Astronomy and Education.
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 institutional tuition 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.
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):
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submit two reference letters. These must be written on letterhead paper, signed and (for verification purposes) they must bear the full contact details of the applicable referee. Your referee should describe your skills, qualities and competencies. Your referee can send the letter (mentioning your name and application number) to the institute via email@example.com.
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. Within a month after the submission deadline, you will be informed about the outcome.
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 student is responsible for submitting a complete application, according to the steps described above and before the aforementioned deadline. Leiden University or the Education Office Astronomy cannot be held responsible for late and/or incomplete applications.