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Leiden University Walraven Master Awards in Netherlands, 2020

Leiden University Walraven Master Awards in Netherlands, 2021

Leiden University is pleased to offer Walraven Master Awards for international students. The bursaries are intended for students who have a bachelor’s degree in astronomy or physics and wish to obtain their master’s (MSc) degree in Astronomy and Instrumentation at Leiden University.

The aim of The grant is to enable and encourage talented students to reach international programs.

Leiden Observatory is the oldest university astronomy department in the world with a distinguished history. Leiden Observatory offers a wide range of Astronomy master’s specializations in which students actively participate in front-line research.


  • Application Deadline: October 1 or February 1
  • Course Level: The bursaries are available to pursue a master’s degree.
  • Study Subject: The bursaries are awarded in Astronomy and Instrumentation.
  • Award: The Walraven 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 program 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 Walraven scholarship is paid as a monthly allowance. If you stop your Astronomy master’s studies for whatever reason, the Walraven scholarship payments will be stopped directly.
  • Number of Awards: Not Known
  • Nationality: International (Non-Dutch) applicants
  • The award can be taken in the Netherlands


  • Eligible Countries: International (Non-Dutch) applicants can apply for the opportunity .
  • Entrance 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
  • English Language Requirements: Applicants must have sufficient knowledge of the language of instruction of the host university.

Master Award

Application Procedure:

How to Apply: 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):

  1. Apply for admission to the Astronomy and Instrumentation master’s program 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-at-strw.leidenuniv.nl.

Upon submitting your application, you will receive an acknowledgement of receipt. The Board of Admissions will check your admission to the Astronomy and Instrumentation master’s program and your application for the Walraven scholarship. Within a month after the submission deadline, you will be informed about the outcome.

Online Application System

Scholarship Link