Application for the Oort Astronomy Scholarships for International Students in Netherlands – 2019/2020 Entry is now open at the Leiden University in Netherlands.
The Astronomy Research specialization is a two-year program, leading to the MSc degree in Astronomy. It consists of advanced astronomy courses, two research projects in astronomy, and courses on science topics related to astronomy.The Oort scholarship is for one year, with conditional renewal for a second year upon successful completion of the first year. For a fully-funded position, 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 awards 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.
Leiden Observatory is a vibrant university astronomy department with a distinguished history. It has both a strong international reputation and is widely known to turn out masters and doctoral students of the highest quality.
The Scholarships are one of the most prestigious scholarships in the world. The aim of the program is to create a global network of future leaders committed to improving the lives of others.
OORT ASTRONOMY SCHOLARSHIPS ELIGIBILITY
Scholars are selected on the following criteria:
- The Oort scholarship is only available to non-Dutch students.
- 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.
- 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 specializations: Astronomy Research, Astronomy and Cosmology, Astronomy and Instrumentation or Astronomy and Data Science.
- Proof of sufficient proficiency in English, evidenced by appropriate language test:
IELTS: minimum of 6.5
TOEFL: internet-based 90
Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), minimum grade C
OORT ASTRONOMY SCHOLARSHIPS APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
- 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 program 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 masters-at-strw.leidenuniv.nl.
Application must include:
- Upon submitting your application, you will receive an acknowledgement of receipt. The Board of Admissions will check your admission to the Astronomy master’s program and your application for the Oort scholarship. Within a month after the submission deadline, you will be informed about the outcome.
- Only applications that have been submitted (with the International Office and registered on the website of the scholarship) before October 1, 2019 will be considered.
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