Studying in Belgium is one opportunity anyone would grab; Belgium is a country in Europe that is bordered by Netherlands, Luxembourg, France, and Germany. Belgium is home to NATO headquarters and the EU commission and European parliament. 

If you wish to study in Belgium, but don’t know how to go about the funding, it might interest you that there are scholarships in Belgium that can assist you in funding your studies in Belgium, one of these scholarships is the Ku Leuven scholarships.

Applications from suitably qualified candidates are hereby invited for the 2022-2023 Ku Leuven faculty of science scholarships for outstanding students taking a master’s degree programme in Ku Leuven.

Ku Leuven is an institution for research and education with international appeal the institution is among the best universities in Europe when it comes to research, Ku Leuven is also among the best 100 universities in the world. International students with motivation and talent, who are interested in participating in an international master programme of the Faculty of Science of KU Leuven are all invited to apply for a scholarship.

The scholarship is sponsored by Ku Leuven,

Host Nationality for the science@Leuven scholarship:


Study level for the science@Leuven scholarship:


Eligible Nationality for the science@Leuven scholarship:

International students

Fields of study for the science@Leuven scholarship:

For the following masters you can apply for the Scholarship:

  • Master of Astronomy and Astrophysics
  • Master of Biophysics, Biochemistry and Biotechnology
  • Master of Biology
  • 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 and Data Science

Note: 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. 

Eligibility criteria for the science@Leuven scholarship:

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 non-Belgian 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 are expected to obtain at least Distinction during their studies at the KU Leuven,
  • 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.

Please do not apply if you do not meet all the requirements.

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

Application Procedure for the Science@Leuven Scholarship:

  • Apply for the master programme of your choice through the application tool of the KU Leuven. Please read the application instructions carefully. 
  • Upload the following information via the KU Leuven application tool:
  • a complete list of course titles for which you have obtained a credit. Indicate the course size (in ECTS-credits) and the result you obtained, preferably according to the ECTS-scale; if a different scale is used, please provide a summary explanation on the meaning of the scores;
  • Provide a short (about one half to one page) description for the courses from your previous/current programme that you deem most relevant as a preparation for the master programme that you are considering. Describe the courses according to the standard guidelines for an ECTS-study guide (view example).
  • two reference letters of internationally renowned professors;
  • a letter of motivation for the programme.
  • When you have completed and submitted your application for the master’s programme, you will get a message on the screen that you succesfully submitted the application. 
  • IMPORTANT! Take a screen shot of this message. You will have to upload the screenshot when you register for the Science@Leuven Scholarship.
  • Apply for the Science@Leuven Scholarship via this link.
  • your registration is complete after you have received an email stating that you have been registered for the Science@Leuven Scholarship.

Important Notice

  • Only students who have complied with all the above requirements will be considered for the Scholarship!
  • You can apply for the scholarship immediately after you have applied for a certain programme, you do not need to wait until you are accepted by the master’s programme. However your application for the scholarship will not be considered when it is clear that you will not be accepted for the master’s programme.
  • Students who have applied for STeDe do not have to apply through the KU Leuven application tool. They just apply for the scholarship and upload the confirmation email from the STeDe secretariat. As Guest Id they note: STeDe.

Selection Procedure for the science@Leuven Scholarship:

The selection procedure involves several steps:

  • The applicants apply for the Master Programme of their choice. Only students admitted to a Master Programme on this list are considered for the scholarship.
  • The applicants who have submitted a complete file and who meet all the necessary requirements are selected for the first round.
  • The list of applicants per master programme is sent to the respective programme director who ranks the students eligible for the Scholarship. The students are mainly ranked by study results. Other aspects, such as motivation and knowledge of the programme can also play a role.
  • The selection committee receives the list of the selected applicants per programme and agrees on a ranking of all the applicants. The students are ranked, based on the study results, the knowledge of the English language and motivation. The main selection criterion is the chance of obtaining at least a distinction during their studies at the KU Leuven
  • The selection committee selects a number of students (usually about 8) for an online interview.
  • The selected applicants are interviewed online. Questions in the interview can be for example about their motivation, their future plans, their extra curriculum activities, their motivation to study at KU Leuven and the programme. The selection committee also takes into consideration how the applicants will perform as an ambassador for the Science@Leuven Fund.
  • The selection committee makes a final ranking of all the candidates that have been interviewed.
  • The Board of the Science@Leuven Fund defines how many scholarships are available and awards the scholarships.

Conditions For Continuing The Scholarship In The 2nd Master Year:

The scholarship is initially awarded for one academic year. The scholarship will be continued for the second master year under the condition that the students have excellent grades in the first master year. Scholarship students have to take at least 60 credits the first year. They have to acquire all the credits they signed up for in the first master year before they will be awarded the scholarship for the second master year. The scholarship can only be awarded for two consecutive years. 

Important Times to Take Note Of:

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

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