Government Funded Scholarships for an M.S. in Europe

Europe is a very popular choice for postgraduate studies. Many students choose to do their master’s degree in Europe because of Europe’s great reputation in terms of its high standard of education, as well as the quality of life. The quality of research facilities at the European universities is also a class apart. Some of the world’s top-ranked institutions, such as University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, Technical University of Munich, University of Copenhagen etc. are present in European countries. But some of the students interested in pursuing M.S. in European countries have to give up on their plans due to financial constraints. In order to attract the top talent to their shores, the European Union and the governments of several European countries like the United Kingdom, Germany etc. provide scholarships to the students. Given below are some of the government-funded scholarships for M.S. in Europe:

DAAD Scholarships

Brief description

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) provides scholarships in Germany for international students for a range of postgraduate courses at German Universities which aim at providing academically educated young professionals from developing countries with further specialized studies.

Scholarship Value/Inclusions/Duration

The DAAD essentially differentiates between individual scholarships and group programmes. Besides a monthly payment, which the DAAD determines on the basis of the scholarship holder’s academic level, individual scholarships generally include other payments as well, such as travel expenses, health insurance, accident insurance, and personal/private liability insurance. Details can be found in the individual programme descriptions.


  • Works either for a public authority or a state or private company in a developing country and, as such, is engaged in the planning and execution of directives and projects with an emphasis on development policies having a bearing on technological, economic or social areas.
  • Holds a Bachelor’s degree in a related subject.
  • Has completed an academic degree with far above average results and ideally at least two years of related professional experience.
  • His/her academic degrees should normally not be more than six years old.
  • IELTS (Band 6) certificate or TOEFL (minimum score: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, 80 internet-based) is required to enrol in courses that are taught in English.

Fields of Study

DAAD scholarship covers masters or Ph.D. courses in fields like Economic Sciences/Business Administration/Political Economics, Development Cooperation, Engineering and Related Sciences, Mathematics, Regional and Urban Planning, Agricultural and Forest Sciences, Natural and Environmental Sciences, Medicine and Public Health, Social Sciences, Education and Law, and Media Studies.

Number of Scholarships

DAAD scholarship supports approximately 50,000 grantees annually.

Target group

Young professionals from developing countries

Host Institutions

German Universities

Application Instructions

Applications must be made directly to the respective course. Please refer to the respective course websites for the application procedure, the application deadline, and the documents to be submitted. Deadline varies depending on the course but falls around August-October.

Erasmus Mundus

The European Union’s Erasmus Mundus scholarships aim to enhance the quality of higher education through scholarships and academic cooperation between the EU and the rest of the world. The Erasmus Programme (European Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) is a European Union (EU) student exchange programme established in 1987. The Erasmus Mundus programme is a parallel programme that is oriented towards globalising European education. Whereas the Erasmus Programme is open to Europeans, Erasmus Mundus is open to non-Europeans with Europeans being exceptional cases.


  • A bachelor’s degree or recognised equivalent from an accredited institution in Social Sciences or Humanities
  • A sufficient undergraduate training to do graduate work in the chosen field
  • Very good academic performance
  • Excellent English skills

Note: Knowledge of German/ Polish/ Danish or any other European language will be considered an advantage

Admission Criteria

  • Academic excellence and quality/recognition of home institution having awarded the first degree
  • Motivation, academic potential, and recommendation
  • Level of language skills
  • Work experience/professional qualifications

Scholarship Category

Category A

  • You are a national coming from a third-world country.
  • You are not a resident of any of the 27 EU Member States, Iceland, Norway or Liechtenstein.
  • You have not carried out your main activity (studies, work, private visits, tourism, etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in any of the 27 European Union Member States, Iceland, Norway or Liechtenstein.
  • You have not applied to more than 3 Erasmus Mundus Masters.

Category B

  • You are a European student
  • You are a non-European student but you do not fulfil the category A requirements

Scholarship Details

Eligible category A students receive an Erasmus Mundus scholarship of 47,000 euros for two academic years, in order to finance their participation to the MACLANDS programme. Eligible category B students receive an Erasmus Mundus scholarship included between 17 000 € and 20 000 €.

The coordinating institution will deduct registration fees. Students will also have to pay national registration fees. The scholarship will be paid monthly to the students by the coordinating institution. It covers all living costs, whichever country they are living in at the time.

Important: All students applying to more than 3 Erasmus Mundus Master courses or received an Erasmus Mundus grant before will automatically disqualify for the scholarship.

Documents to be sent along with Application

  • Letter of motivation
  • Chronological CV
  • Certified copies of certificates (High school diploma, BA-degree, MA-degree (if applicable) and transcript of study results)
  • Certified/original copies of English test results (and if applicable non-certified documents that prove language skills in Danish, German or Polish or any other language)
  • 2 truly signed recommendation letters
  • Passport size photo

Commonwealth Scholarship and Fellowship

The CSFP is aimed at students of Commonwealth countries who can make a significant contribution to their home country after the completion of a higher education programme in the UK. The CSFP is an annual scheme made available to all Commonwealth countries by the Commonwealth Scholarships Commission. In India, this is jointly managed by:

  • Commonwealth Scholarships Commission
  • The British Council
  • Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU)
  • Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Government of India

Level of Courses

  • One year Taught Master’s courses or equivalent degree
  • Doctoral degree of up to three/four years’ duration.

Scholarship Value

  • Economy return international travel
  • Tuition fee
  • Adequate maintenance and other allowances.


  • Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend a personal interview in New Delhi
  • Applicant:
  • must be residing in India at the time of application
  • must have completed tertiary education in English medium
  • should not be more than 40 years of age as on 16.09.2016
  • should hold or expect to hold the certificate of Bachelor’s degree by October 2017 in the subject field concerned securing 60% or above marks in Humanities and Social Science group and 65% or above marks in Engineering and Technology, Science and Agriculture group

Subjects Covered

  • Engineering and Technology
  • Science (Pure and Applied)
  • Agriculture
  • Humanities and Social Sciences


The preliminary selection of candidates for scholarships is carried out in India by the Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD), Department of Education, and the Government of India.

The preliminary selection is done through a process of shortlisting of applications, followed by personal interviews in New Delhi.

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