Postgraduate scholarships for European students
The Anglo-Danish Society
The Anglo-Danish Society offers scholarships to students of Danish nationality wanting to undertake postgraduate study at UK institutions. They must have a first degree from a Danish university. Scholarships are intended to be a top-up award to other funding, run for six months and will be worth a minimum of £1,500. The Society also administers the Ove Arup Foundation Scholarship for study related to built environment.
The British Chamber of Commerce in Germany Foundation Scholarship
The British Chamber of Commerce in Germany Foundation Scholarship is for German students who want to study in the UK. It is a supplementary payment and is not intended to cover the full costs of the study.
The British Council
The British Council often offers or administers scholarships aimed at students from specific countries or regions in partnership with important organisations and bodies in the UK or in the countries where it has a presence.
In Europe, these include:
- the British Scholarship Trust Scheme, which is open to citizens of the successor states of the former Yugoslavia for short-term postgraduate study in the UK
- the British Scholarships (in collaboration with Fazer, Lemminkäinen, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Sampo and UPM-Kymmene), which is offered to Finnish citizens for postgraduate studies in the UK)
- the Entente Cordiale Scholarship Scheme (in collaboration with the private sector in both France and the UK), which is open to French students wanting to undertake postgraduate study in the UK
- various bilateral research partnership programmes (for instance, for German, Italian, Dutch, Belgian and Polish students), which allow them to undertake collaborative research visits to the UK.
Other British Council scholarships for European students include:
- Royal Belgian Benevolent Society Awards, which are offered to help Belgian citizens wishing to study for a master’s degree or postgraduate certificate/diploma (not a PhD) in the UK and who are having difficulties meeting the costs. Awards can be up to £1,500 per student and for periods of study varying between three years to a year.
- Stevenson Exchange Scholarships, which are designed to promote links between universities in Scotland, France, Germany and Spain. French, German and Spanish students who wish to undertake further studies in any subject area at any university in Scotland are eligible. The Scholarships are awarded annually and are supplementary only, ranging from £200 to £4,000. French students should apply directly, while German students should go through the DAAD and Spanish students should apply via the British Council in Madrid.
The Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Awards
The Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Awards were initiated in 2003 to bring outstanding students from India, China, Hong Kong, South Africa, Brazil, Russia and the developing world (as defined by the OECD) to come and study for PhDs in top-rated UK research facilities.
View this PDF of eligible countries to find out if you can apply (eligible countries are those in Part I of the list plus Russia and Hong Kong).
Go to the Dorothy Hodgkin Postgraduate Awards web page for more information and to find out the individual recipient universities, and contact those universities to find out how to apply.
European Union scholarships, grants and exchange programmes
European Union scholarships, grants and exchange programmes provide many opportunities for students from your region to come and study with participating UK institutions. These include:
- the Trans-European Mobility Programme for University Studies (TEMPUS), which partly involves encouraging students from 27 countries in eastern Europe, central Asia, north Africa and the Middle East now participating to study part of their course at European universities
- the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme, a single umbrella programme for education and training for EU citizens that includes ERASMUS (which allows higher education students, teachers and institutions in 31 European countries to study for part of their degree in another European country) and LEONARDO (an exchange programme that enables students involved in vocational education or training to study or work in another European country)
- Marie Curie Research Fellowships, which are on offer to researchers of any nationality operating in all scientific and technological fields in order to encourage excellence in European research.
Check to see which UK institutions participate, as not all will necessarily do so.
O’Reilly Foundation Scholarships
O’Reilly Foundation Scholarships award €25,400 a year per scholar to residents of Ireland with an excellent academic record and leadership skills who want to undertake postgraduate study in their chosen field and at an institution of their choice.
Preference will be given to those planning doctoral studies in business studies, law, marketing, media studies, science, technology and arts. Scholars must be willing to contribute to Ireland’s welfare after their studies.
Rhodes Scholarships were set up by Cecil Rhodes over a hundred years ago with the aim of fostering understanding between the English-speaking countries of the world and other select countries by encouraging the best postgraduate students from these countries to study at the University of Oxford.
There are no restrictions on the subjects to be studied. Each Scholarship covers University and college fees and a stipend for living expenses, and may be held for a maximum of three years. Two are available each year to German students.
The Weidenfeld Scholarships and Leadership Programme
The Weidenfeld Scholarships and Leadership Programme aims to cultivate future leaders in eastern Europe, central Asia, Russia, the Middle East and north Africa by funding the postgraduate studies at the University of Oxford of outstanding university graduates and young professionals from these regions.
Successful applicants will also take part in a programme of leadership skills development and networking. Each scholarship will cover all university and college fees and living costs. Students will have to study at the University of Oxford, but can pursue any subject.