Welcome to Scholarships in Europe! It is essential to plan your entire education in European countries, including how to finance it, before you leave your home country. Some colleges, and universities require foreign students to provide certification of funding for the entire planned period of study.

You may be looking for European Scholarships to finance your education in Europe. This is a complete database of resources compiled by us to help your search. Don’t overlook the possibility of academic and need-related scholarships from the college or university where you’ll be studying. We hope you find this useful!

European countries offer scholarships for students at every academic level, many of which are based on a student’s academic discipline, leadership, specific student interests or other qualifying factors. Many scholarships offered to incoming freshmen in Europe are renewable. Returning students should first check any scholarships they have received for possible renewal beyond the freshman year.

Different types of scholarships in Europe

Scholarships do not need to be limited to financial need. Scholarships can be offered for a wide range of things. You are offering the scholarship, so you decide on the eligibility criteria.

  • Competitive – creating scholarships to identify particular talents or to encourage particular activities which can be used to drive sales.
  • Academic merit – by offering scholarships on academic merit, companies could attract high quality applicants who are a potential source of high calibre graduates in future.
  • Financial need – addressing financial need can be a way of encouraging social mobility and assisting students from disadvantaged backgrounds to go on to higher education
  • Geographic – perhaps your company would like to be seen to be supporting students from your local community where the business operates
  • Sporting or musical achievement – encouraging sporting, artistic or musical talents

Marketing through scholarships is a new opportunity that has been created in the uk through political change. We have seen an increase in companies starting to harness this opportunity but as a social enterprise dedicated to developing new scholarships, we are keen to raise awareness of the opportunities this presents to marketers and how creatively they can be used.

Students receiving university scholarships will have the award credited to their tuition and fees due each semester. Any balance from scholarships may be used to pay for associated academic costs such as books, housing and food service. Annual university scholarships are split between fall and spring semesters.

Any awards or scholarships funded by Europe are considered institutional aid. Some examples of institutional aid are admission-based scholarships, departmental awards, employee tuition assistance, housing benefits and athletic scholarships. European countries reserve the right to adjust aid if a student receives multiple scholarship awards or exceeds the institutional maximum.

Degree apprenticeships are being developed by companies in partnership with universities to deliver employment ready graduates. Degree apprenticeships still lead to a degree level qualification, from an accredited university, but it is undertaken alongside employment. You will be employed by a company and you will be paid for it. The company will also cover your tuition fees at university. You will typically work four days a week and attend university one day a week or it may be that you do three months full time at work and then a month full time at university.

Each degree apprenticeship will be structured differently as they have been developed with the companies’ requirements in mind. This means that the qualification you get will still be a degree (BAor BSC) but your training overall will have a more vocational or practical nature. When you have finished, you will be familiar with all the practical and academic elements of the job as you will already have been doing it for three years or longer.

Why a scholarship?

By offering a scholarship your brand can address a need among your target audience with money being a major cause of worry for 80% of students. New scholarships in the uk are currently rare and a scholarship of even £1,500 a year to one student could make a huge difference to them. Bigger scholarships could attract media coverage and the support of schools and universities in promoting it.

Achieving objectives

A scholarship can be designed and created to achieve any number of corporate or marketing objectives including:

  • Brand awareness
  • Attract new customers
  • Increase your marketing database
  • Get your message in to schools
  • Generate pr coverage
  • Graduate recruitment

Get creative

The word scholarship might understandably evoke images of academia and a team of marketing people handing over a cheque to some students but it does not need to be that way. Take a look at the duck tape scholarship in Europe. Students are encouraged to create prom outfits from duck tape and send in a photo of themselves to be entered in to the scholarship competition. Essentially it is a competition but the money they win has to be used towards tuition fees.