Thursday, November 15, 2018

Science | Leuven Scholarships for International Students

KU Leuven will celebrate its 600th anniversary in 2025, making it one of Europe’s oldest universities. Our institution has the double honour of being the oldest university in the Low Countries and the oldest extant Catholic university in the world. The University that is now known as KU Leuven was founded with the papal bull ‘Sapientie immarcessibilis’. This was issued by Pope Martin V on 9 December 1425 after the city of Leuven had requested permission for the foundation of the University with the support of John IV, Duke of Brabant, and the city’s clergy.

The university of Leuven initially comprised four faculties: humanities (‘Artes’), canon law, civil law, and medicine. In 1432, the Pope gave permission to add theology to that list.

Ever since it was founded, the University has had its headquarters in what is now known as the University Hall. Initially meant to serve as the cloth makers’ hall of Leuven, this stately building was constructed in 1317. In 1425, it became the beating heart of the University, with offices for the Rector and Vice Rectors, and it was home to various University services. For several centuries, the University Hall also comprised lecture halls and meeting rooms for the faculties. The University court had its seat there as well.

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.  You can find an overview of costs to be expected here

Level/Fields of study:

Eligible International Master Programme under the Faculty of Science at K.U. Leuven:
  • Master of Chemistry
  • Master of Geography
  • Master of Physics
  • Master of Statistics

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 having had excellent study results during their former training,
  • the applicants can prove a very strong knowledge of English*,
  • the applicants show strong motivation to follow a master programme at the Faculty of Science of the K.U.Leuven
  • the applicants are willing to act as an ambassador for the programme.
*Applicants who are non-native speakers of English must provide evidence of English language proficiency.


How to Apply:

Applicants have to apply for the Master programme of their choice through the application form of the KU Leuven. You will need to upload a screenshot that you successfully submitted the application for admissions when you register on the website of the scholarship.

Only applications that have been submitted (with the International Office and registered on the website of the scholarship) before 15 February 2019 will be considered for the scholarship.

It is important to read the scholarship application page and visit the official website (link found below) to access the application form and for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.  

Deadline: 15 February 2019