[Last updated: 20th April 2022]
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.
Chevening – Scholarships for international students to study in the UK.
Gates – The Gates Cambridge Scholarship is open to anyone not a citizen of the UK.
GREAT – [New to 2022!] Scholarships are worth a minimum of £10,000 for international students to come and study in the UK.
Saltire – [New to 2022!] Scotland’s Saltire Scholarships are worth £8,000. Eligible to citizens from Canada, China (including Hong Kong), India, Japan, Pakistan and USA.
Global Wales – [New to 2022!] The Global Wales Postgraduate Scholarship programme offers up to £10,000 to citizens from Vietnam, India, North America and the EU.
Clarendon – Fully-funded scholarships covering course fees, as well as a grant for living expenses, at Oxford University.
Cardiff – Located in Wales, scholarships worth a minimum of £3,000 to UK and EU students are offered.
MASS – [New to 2022!] The new Astromundus! Do an Erasmus Masters in Italy, France, Germany, and Serbia. Scholarships available of €1,400 per month for two years.
Stefan Banach Scholarship – Available to those from Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Western Balkan countries (see website for exact list) to study in Poland. For English-taught astronomy Masters in Poland, try Jagiellonian University, University of Warsaw, University of Zielona Góra, University of Wroclaw, Pedagogical University of Krakow.
Ignacy Łukasiewicz Scholarship – Available to those from developing countries (see website for exact list) to study in Poland. For astronomy Masters in Poland (see above).
MAUCA – Master in Astrophysics Université Côte d’Azur, France.
Space Master – The AstroMundus equivalent of a joint European Master in Space Science and Technology.
Leiden/UvA – Located in the Netherlands, this Observatory has the reputation of being one of the best institutes in Europe for studying Astrophysics. APAS scholarships are available for up to €5,000 a year. For those interested in Astronomy and Instrumentation, there is also the Walraven Scholarship.
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.
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 (DKK 9437 per month for 22 months) for outstanding non-EU/EEA MSc students (i.e. GPA above 85% of their Bachelors).
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.
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.
ICTP – This is an intense, pre-PhD programme (with some courses in Astrophysics and Cosmology). The scholarships available are aimed towards students from developing countries who already have an MSc (or an exceptional BSc).
ISU – Master of Space Studies Program, located in Strasbourg, France.
Aix-Marseille – A 2 year international programme focusing on theoretical, applied, numerical, instrumental and observational Astrophysics at the Aix-Marseille University in France.
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).
Rest of the World
Australia Awards Scholarships – For people from developing countries to undertake full time study at participating Australian universities.
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… Hefty scholarships available.
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 available.
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 available.
I haven’t included the USA as they often combine Masters and PhDs together. But for example you can take a look at the Knight-Hennessy Scholars program at Stanford University.
LJMU – distance learning can be a cheaper alternative.
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, Germany, …)
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.
For Africans studying in Africa, you can apply for funding towards postgraduate studies and conferences from the National Space Research and Development Agency.