Oort scholarships for non-Dutch Master’s students at Leiden University

Do you have a strong passion for astronomy or physics wrapped up in a Bachelor’s degree? Then Leiden University is determined to help you further your studies and nurture your passion. Leiden Observatory is the astronomical institute of the Faculty of Science of Leiden University where you can learn about the galaxies and the structure in which they are embedded, where you can learn about exo-planets, stars, and plan formation. Fantastic, isn’t it? Leiden Observatory is the oldest university observatory functional today and has an extremely rich tradition.

The Observatory offers Oort scholarships to outstanding, non-Dutch master’s students, specifically to those who have a Bachelor’s degree in astronomy or physics and wish to obtain their Master’s degree in Astronomy research at Leiden University. Which group category is eligible to apply for the Oort scholarships?

  • As mentioned previously, you must be a student with a non-Dutch nationality;
  • You must own a Bachelor’s degree in physics or astronomy or equivalent;
  • You must prove that you do not have any other financial support, meaning you are not financed by any other scholarship, grant, bursary etc.;
  • You are planning to obtain your master’s degree in any of the following research specializations: Astronomy and Instrumentation, Astronomy and Data Science, Astronomy and Cosmology. The following link https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/scholarships/science/oort-scholarship will reveal the details for each Master’s program mentioned.

Which are the steps you need to follow in order to apply for any of the Oort Scholarships? You need to apply through the online application system. Here is the link https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/education/study-programmes/master/astronomy/admission-and-application. It is important that you check all the guide lines before submitting your application. The first step is checking the admission requirements. Dismissing them will not help your submission to be shortlisted. Secondly, check the application deadlines. Once you exceed them, submitting your application will be without value. Thirdly, collect the required documents. Everything you need to know is mentioned in the link posted above.

You need to (1) apply for admission to the Astronomy Master’s program, through the online application system and (2) write a brief statement motivating why you satisfy the following conditions: outstanding academic merit and need for financial support. All the info will be sent to masters@strw.leidenuniv.nl.

After you submit your application, you will receive an acknowledgment of receipt. Your submission will be checked by the Board of Admission and within a month after the submission deadline, you will be notified about the income. Good luck!

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