Science@Leuven Scholarships

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KU Leuven

The most innovative university of Europe. Founded in 1425, the multidisciplinary and research-driven KU Leuven has been a centre of learning for almost six centuries. The Faculty of Science and its alumni association Science@Leuven are proud to announce the Science@Leuven Scholarships! Registration for 2020-2021 is now open till the 15th of February 2020! Limited number of master programmes qualify for the scholarship.


Motivated and talented international students interested in participating in an international master programme of the Faculty of Science of the KU Leuven are invited to apply for a scholarship.

For the following masters you can apply for the Scholarship:

Master of Astronomy and Astrophysics
Master of Biology
Master of Biophysics, Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Master of Chemistry
Master of Geography
Interuniversity Master of Geology (only students applying for the specialisation Geodynamics and Georesources or Surface processes and Paleoenvironments can apply for the scholarship.  Students applying for the other specialisations (enrollment at Ghent University) will not be considered for the scholarship.)
Master of Mathematics
Master of Physics
Master of Statistics
Erasmus Mundus Master of Theoretical Chemistry and Computational Modelling
Erasmus Mundus Joint Master in Sustainable and Territorial Development
Students applying for the two latter programmes can only qualify for the Scholarship when they register at the KU Leuven as main university.

Students applying for the QASS-programme of the Master of Statistics are excluded from the Science@Leuven Scholarship, since this programme requires a master diploma.

Do not apply for the Scholarship if you are interested in another Master Programme.  Your application will not be considered.

Deadline Application procedure

Only applications that have been submitted (with the International Office and registered on the website of the scholarship) before 15th of February will be considered for the scholarship.

Time Path Selection procedure

1st of March till end of March: research if all the requirements for admission to the Master programme have been met.
Beginning of April: Research if all the requirements for application for the scholarship have been met.
From mid-April till end of April: The Selection committee makes a ranking of the students who have been selected for the Scholarship.
Beginning of May: The Board of the Science@Leuven Fund awards the scholarships and the students are being notified of their status.

Description of Ideal Candidate:
Applicants must meet and prove the following requirements:

the applicants have not studied or worked at the University of Leuven before,
the applicants have a bachelor degree from a foreign university that gives them access to the master programme they are applying for,
the applicants have not yet acquired a master degree or a PhD,
the applicants can prove excellent study results during their former training,
the applicants can prove a very strong knowledge of English ( TOEFL (minimum score 94 internet-based with at least 19 for reading, 18 for Listening, 19 for speaking and 21 for writing) or IELTS (minimum score 7 overall, whilst at least 6,5 for reading, 6 for listening, 6 for speaking and 6 for writing),
the applicants show strong motivation to follow a master programme at the Faculty of Science of the KU Leuven
the applicants are willing to act as ambassador for the programme.

The students that have been awarded a scholarship will be asked to sign a contract that stipulates the conditions of acceptance.

Amount of the scholarship

The amount of the scholarship can be up to 10.000 Euro for 1 year. The Board of the Science@Leuven Fund will decide exactly how much a scholarship will be. The scholarship will always cover the tuition fee for 1 year, the insurance and a basic health insurance coverage. The amount awarded for living expenses can vary.
If a student is awarded the full scholarship of 10.000 Euro, it is still advisable to bring some extra money.
Most master programmes of the Faculty of Science are two-year programmes. The scholarship for the second master year will only be continued on the condition that the student had outstanding results the first master year.

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