Funded Masters Programmes

[Last updated: 22 April 2019]


Commonwealth –  Commonwealth Master’s Scholarships are for candidates from low and middle income Commonwealth countries, for full-time Master’s study at a UK university. More info also available on the DARA website.

Chevening – Scholarships for international students to study in the UK.

British Council – For Indian Women only, funding to pursue a master’s programme in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in the United Kingdom. Deadline: Jan 31, 2019.

Cambridge – A one year Master of Advanced Study in Astrophysics, with funding available from Trinity College. There is also a one year research only M.Phil in Astronomy.

Cardiff – Located in Wales, scholarships worth a minimum of £3,000 to UK and EU students are offered.


Space Master – The AstroMundus equivalent of a joint European Master in Space Science and Technology.

Leiden – Located in the Netherlands, this Observatory has the reputation of being one of the best institutes in Europe for studying Astrophysics. Scholarships are available for up to €11,000 a year. For those interested in Astronomy and Instrumentation, there is also the Walraven Scholarship.

UvA – Also in the Netherlands, and also with some scholarships available.

Copenhagen – At the Niels Bohr Institute in Denmark you can find the Master of Science Programme in Physics, with specialisation in Astrophysics. They have scholarships available for outstanding non-EU/EEA MSc students (i.e. GPA above 80% of their Bachelors).

GRAPPA – Also at the University of Amsterdam, if you are a fan of AstroParticles and Cosmology then GRavitation AstroParticle Physics Amsterdam is for you. Scholarships are available for €25,000 a year.

Helsinki – 2-year Master’s Pro­gramme in Particle Phys­ics and As­tro­phys­ical Sci­ences. They have scholarships which includes tuition fees and a grant of €10,000.

MasterCosmosBCN – A Masters in High Energy Physics, Astrophysics & Cosmology. Located in Barcelona, Spain. Few scholarships available.

Bonn-Cologne – Located in Germany, this programme offers a scholarship of €700 a month as well as funding for summer schools. There’s also a one-week Admissions Academy which is funded (including help with travel costs) where you get to visit the universities and meet the staff and fellow students. Great if you’re not 100% sure that you want to go in Astrophysics as there are other Physics courses available as well.

FAU – The Friedrich-Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg in Germany. Read about scholarships here and here.

KU Leuven – Up to €10,000 scholarships are available at this University in Belgium.

Geneva – On offer are a great range of Physics courses with specialisation available in Astrophysics, as well as the opportunity to work with CERN, ESA or NASA. The Excellence Master Fellowships offer between 10,000 to 15,000 CHF a year (around €10,000 – €15,100).

EPFL – Also in Switzerland, Astrophysics courses are available in Lausanne. The university offers fellowships as well as scholarships. The first year is very skills-based and focused on practical work.

ETH Zürich – A Masters in Physics is offered, which includes many courses in Astrophysics. Scholarships are available to national and international students.

ICTP + Trieste – This is a two-year joint Masters in Physics (with courses in Astrophysics and Cosmology) between The International Centre for Theoretical Astrophysics and the University of Trieste, Italy. The scholarships available are aimed towards students from developing countries who already have an MSc (or an exceptional BSc).

Chalmers – Two-year Masters in Physics (with some Astrophysics options) in Sweden. Tuition is free for EU/EEA students, with many scholarships for international students.

ISU – Master of Space Studies Program, located in Strasbourg, France.

SEEDS – This is a one year Master programme for people that already have a Master in a related Science. The focus is Space Exploration and Development Systems. Based in Torino (Italy) but also with connections in Toulouse (France) and Leicester (UK).

SPaCE – A 2 year international programme focusing on theoretical, applied, numerical, instrumental and observational Astrophysics at the Aix-Marseille University in France. [Fellowships currently not available.]

Utrecht – Unfortunately Utrecht University no longer offer their Masters in Astrophysics, but they offer Theoretical Physics with an opportunity to take courses from the Delta Institute for Theoretical Physics on cosmology. Scholarships can be found here (for non-EU/EEA passport holders).

If Germany is somewhere you would like to study, DAAD offer scholarships for international students interested in studying a Masters. This opens up doors to Heidelberg or Munich for example.


ANU – The Australian National University has brand spanking new programme located in Canberra. There are scholarships of $10,000 (AUD) a year available (approx. €7075).

PSI – Perimeter Schools International is a 10 month Masters course in Ontario, Canada. It focuses mostly on Theoretical Physics some of which are astronomy related i.e. Relativity, Cosmology, Gravity, String Theory… Scholarships are worth $30,000 (CAD) = €21,856.

Chile – The Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile offers a Masters programme with a variety of scholarships available.

Weizmann – The Feinberg Graduate School of the Weizmann Institute of Science, located in Rehovot, Israel, offers Masters programmes in Physics with specialisation in Astrophysics. Fellowships are worth NIS 5,000 in the first year and NIS 5,750 in the second (€1130 and €1300 a month, respectively).

Technion – Similarly, the Physics department at the Technion Institute of Technology in Israel offers specialisation in Astrophysics. Fellowships are available from the Lady Davis Trust worth $750 (€660) a month, as well as a return flight.

NASSP – If you fancy studying in South Africa then this programme is for you. The National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme, hosted by the University of Cape Town, offers grants of R95,000 a year.

NWU – Another Masters programme in South Africa at the Centre for Space Research, Northwest University, offering R70,000 a year.

Tokyo – This Masters programme in Japan has lots of different scholarships available to apply for, all around 144,000 yen a month (about €1060), however the university requires the GRE Physics exam.

Hong Kong – The University of Hong Kong offers many paid MPhil projects in astronomy and astrophysics with a stipend of HK$16,660 per month (about €1800).

In the USA they often combine Masters and PhDs together, and they are all fully funded.

Distance Learning

LJMU – Although not funded (I’m biased because I’m currently a PhD student here), they offer a great distance learning MSc in Astrophysics.

This is by no means the full list of opportunities available, if you know of any other programmes please let me know. There are also many Universities which offer free tuition if you are an EU citizen (e.g. Aarhus, Munich; places in Scandinavia, Finland…)

On the other hand you may be able to get funding from elsewhere, perhaps an organisation like the Royal Astronomical Society or a trust such as the Leverhulme Trust. This would mean that you could study a Masters in Astronomy at Universities such as Groningen, Queen Mary, Glasgow, Jodrell Bank etc.

31 thoughts on “Funded Masters Programmes

  1. Shashi

    Hello and Thanks!
    I did my Bachelors in Computer Science and Engineering but I aspire to pursue a (funded) Masters in Astrophysics.

    Your coverage of EU is great!
    If possible, can you give me some information about such opportunities in the US too?

    1. As far as I know, Masters don’t really exist in the US. Or at least they are very different. Instead they just have longer PhDs (6 sometimes 7 years, or even longer), but it’s also possible to finish half way through with just a Masters.

      I haven’t done much research into the US because you have to take the GRE (i.e. the General exam and the Physics one). This can be pretty expensive (more than $350) and I don’t really want the extra hassle. There’s more information about what the GRE is here:

      Sorry, I know this isn’t very helpful! 😛
      I can possibly suggest a few places to check out, which friends have told me are good, but since you’d be looking at PhDs, it’s probably more about what field of research you’re actually interested in anyway.

      For example, there’s,
      University of Washington:
      University of Texas:
      University of Hawaii:

      …and so much more! But that’s a start.

    2. breyonne

      MIT could be a good one to check out too. I’m Canadian so I don’t know much about funding there. It’s really easy to find out though. Look up the institutions you’re interested in and go to the program site for graduate studies and there’ll be a link about funding. The other thing to consider is that there is a lot of graduate-level scholarship funding (internationally) in STEM, especially for women. So you might want to consider applying for that as well.

      1. Anonymous

        Yes Chandrika, not into Astrophysics directly but got into SpaceMaster ( programme. However, at this point I think, I can create further opportunities to get to the desired research field.

  2. Hi, this list was incredibly helpful, thanks a lot!

    The programme you’re currently enrolled in looks great, I have a few questions about it and I was wondering if you could help me out a bit?

    Thanks in advance!

  3. Victorolat

    I read Physics and Astronomy for first degree. I want to apply for fully funded in Astrophysics. How can I go about it.

  4. Arwa

    can you provide more information about the SPaCE masters program?
    any link that contains more details about it would be very useful.

  5. Kebede Shogile

    Hello all Astromundus staffs,
    I was graduated with Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics,2016
    I have a great interest to study Master in Astrophysics.
    Please, Can you help me?
    Thank you!

  6. Am tagumira from uganda having a bachelor degree in education physics and math
    i got admission for masters in physics in busitema university eastern Uganda but have no tuition
    any body willing to push me pliz ,the

  7. SPaCE Masters program at Aix Marseille University, has no fellowship currently. I applied, got accepted but couldn’t go because of high living expenses that I can’t afford without any aid.

  8. K Preetam Sai

    Hello, astrophysics girl. Can you tell me the basic requirements to get the Astromundus scholarship?

    It would be of great help.

  9. Hi Hannah, first of all thank you for your detailed list of the funded masters for Astronomy/astrophysics in Europe. Do you know if there exists similar sites like yours that have lists of other physics subfields masters (except the US) that offer full funding for students? It seems like fully funded masters for physics are really rare for some reason and I can hardly find one.

    1. Hiya, that’s a good question! Nothing comes to mind (but I’ve never really looked into it). I would first check with the other Erasmus Mundus programs – there are usually all sorts of different things and they are all funded.
      Otherwise, if you are EU/EEA then there are many countries in Europe where you don’t have to pay tuition. Although you would likely still have to try and find additional funding (or get a job) from elsewhere to help support living costs (most universities have this – even for foreign students).

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  11. Trishan

    hey hannah, thanks alot for the above information.
    BTW,what are the qualifications we need to acquire before applying to those scholarships?

  12. Hi, this is Dodgie. Thanks for your list about funded masters programmes in Astrophysics. I wish I could have read it earlier since I only applied for one MSc program in Europe and got accepted without funding. Anyway, they waive my tuition fee. I will try to find a part-time job to support my living expense there.

    By the way, can I translate it into Chinese and upload it on my blog? Thanks!

    1. Sorry to hear that, congrats on getting a fee waiver though! It might also be easier to find work online (translating or transcribing perhaps).
      Yes you can translate, please link back to my website. 🙂

      1. Thanks! And I don’t regret my decision. I believe I will still choose Leiden without funding even if I have been accepted by other funded master program. It is the best choice I can ever have(maybe). Translating sounds like a reasonable choice for me. Thanks!

        I have already finished my translation and linked back to your webpage. I found that there were still several full funding master programs in Europe.

        Utrecht has a good reputation in theoretical physics. And the Utrecht Excellent Scholarship is up to 11,000 euro plus tuition fee.

        ETH Zurich also has a scholarship program(ESOP/MSP for CHF 6,000 per semester). There are plenty of astrophysics courses in the Physics Department. Here is the link:

        And one thing you may know: Master programs in Canada are also pretty good because students can get almost the same amount of stipend as the Ph.D. students in the US.

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