Walraven scholarship


For excellent international master’s students wishing to specialise in Astronomy and Instrumentation, Leiden Observatory has launched the Walraven Scholarship.

The scholarship is named after the Dutch pioneer in instrumentation and precision photometry, Theodore Walraven (1916 – 2008)

To be eligible for the Walraven Scholarship, applicants should meet the following requirements:
  • You are an international (non-Dutch) student;
  • You hold a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in either Astronomy or Physics;
  • You have achieved excellent study results during your previous education;
  • You are in need of financial support.

The scholarship, awarded annually in Spring, will be granted for one year, with renewal for a second year conditional on successful completion of the first year.  For a full-awarded scholarship, the tuition fee will be reduced to the amount of the home fee. In addition, students receive an allowance of up to €11,000 per year for living costs. A partial scholarship may also be awarded.

Application process

Apply for admission to the MSc programme in Astronomy through the online application system.  Please note that only applications, which are completed before the deadline, are guaranteed full consideration.
Send a brief statement by e-mail to masters@strw.leidenuniv.nl. 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 masters@strw.leidenuniv.nl.
February 1, 2017 (for students starting in September 2017)




MSc Specialisation at Leiden University, the Netherlands