Walraven Scholarship for MSc students in Astronomy and Instrumentation

Deadline: February 1, 2017 (for students starting in September 2017)

Leiden Observatory, founded in 1633, is a vibrant university astronomy department 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 researchi.

Leiden Observatory offers a wide range of MSc courses and MSc students actively participate in front-line research. Many of the students who have obtained their MSc degree in Leiden enroll in the PhD programme.

For whom?

The Walraven Scholarship, named after the Dutch pioneer of high-precision photoelectric photometry and genius in instrumentation Theodore (Fjeda) Walraven (1916 - 2008), is available for excellent, international (non-Dutch) MSc students. The scholarship is intended for students who have a BSc degree (or its equivalent) in astronomy or physics and wish to obtain their MSc degree in Astronomy, specialising in Instrumentation at Leiden University. Students enrolled in the Astronomy and Instrumentation specialisation follow a challenging programme, containing fundamental courses in astronomy as well as in state-of-the-art observational and instrumental techniques; they also carry out research projects in both astronomy and instrumentation. Successful candidates must be of outstanding academic merit and in need of financial support.

Scholarship Amount

The scholarship is for one year, with renewal for a second year conditional on successful completion of the first year.

For a full scholarship the tuition fee 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.

A partial scholarship may also be awarded.

Application process

  1. Apply for admission to the MSc programme in Astronomy through the ionline application system. Please note that only applications that are completed before the deadline are guaranteed full consideration.
  2. Send a brief statement by email to . The statement should include full contact information and should mention why the candidate satisfies the two conditions of a) outstanding academic merit and b) need for financial support.
Specific questions can be directed to .