Fully-funded scholarships to pursue postgraduate studies in Europe and UK

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Each year, thousands of scholarships are made available by universities in Europe for all students.

By U2B Staff 

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Europe is a popular choice for postgraduate studies for many reasons. Apart from its great reputation in terms of its way of life, vast array of options, and opportunities for global exposure amidst cultural diversity, it is also known for its high standards of education.

“European programs tend to be more diverse than US courses and therefore draw more students from emerging economies”, says Brandon Kirby at the Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands.

In the 2017 rankings released by Study.Eu, Germany’s score of 83.2 out of 100 put it at the top of the list as the most attractive option for students among 30 European countries ranked in three categories: education (50 points), cost (30 points), and life and career (20 points). Behind Germany, with scores from 60 to 70 points, were the Netherlands, France, Sweden and the U.K.

Every year, thousands of scholarships are made available for students to pursue postgraduate studies and qualifications in Europe. Amongst their 44 countries, opportunities are available in most. Listed below are some of the fully-funded scholarships that are currently available for all applicants.


In Europe:

The Émile Boutmy Scholarship in France

This scholarship is for those looking to undertake a  master’s or Ph.D. degree from the Science Po University in Paris, which hosts 14,000 students. The deadline to apply is Dec. 6, 2020.


The Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholarship 

This programme is an established national initiative funded by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation, and Science. A total of 60 scholarships will be awarded this year. The deadline to apply is Oct. 29 2020.

The Belgium Government Scholarships

220 fully-funded scholarships are now available for students looking to study a full-time master’s degree in Belgium or to take up a training course. 150 scholarships will be granted for master’s programmes, while 70 will be granted for short training courses. The deadline to apply is Feb. 5 2021.

The DAAD Scholarship in Germany

This scholarship is fully-funded by the Government of Germany, for all students looking to pursue their postgraduate studies in Germany. The DAAD currently supports the education of 100,000 German and international students. 

The Padua International Excellence Scholarship Programme in Italy

The University of Padua annually offers up to 43 scholarships to highly talented prospective students wishing to pursue a master’s degree conducted in English in Padua, Italy. 

The Heinrich Böll Foundation Scholarship in Germany

The Heinrich Böll Foundation grants scholarships to approximately 1,200 undergraduates, graduates, and doctoral students of all subjects and nationalities per year, who are looking to pursue further education in universities of applied sciences or universities of the arts. The deadline to apply is Mar. 1 2021 and only those with proficiency in the German language are eligible.

The Friedrich Ebert Foundation Scholarship in Germany

This scholarship is funded by the DAAD scholarship for students looking to pursue master’s degrees. Students in any subject area are eligible to apply and should demonstrate excellent school or academic merit.


In the UK: 

The Gates Cambridge Scholarship in the UK

This scholarship is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for students looking to pursue postgraduate studies at the University of Cambridge. Each year the foundation awards 90 scholarships to aspiring postgraduates looking to specialise in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The deadline to apply is Jan. 7 2021.

The Clarendon Scholarship in the UK

This scholarship is fully-funded and carried out at the University of Oxford. Each year, 130 scholarships are awarded to students from all over the world. The deadline to apply is Jan. 22 2021.