There is a new platform which helps students find money for their education: www.european-funding-guide.euThis is the largest portal in Europe encompassing more than 12,000 scholarships, grants, awards and prizes worth 27 billion Euros. 4,000 of these financial aid option are specifically targeted at UK students. The platform was created in a collaboration between the non-profit initiative for transparent funding and the European Commission.

European Funding Guide works with a matching algorithm displaying only those scholarships, grants, awards and prizes that really match the individual student’s profile. The 12,000 support programmes cover a wide range of areas where students may require (financial) assistance - from daily living costs, tuition fees and internships to extra costs for semesters abroad, language courses and costs associated with scientific projects.

Most students in the UK still believe that scholarships are only granted based on merit and need. Most also believe that there are only few scholarship providers. The truth is that there are more than 4,000 scholarship programmes in the UK alone and more than 25 selection criteria according to which scholarships are granted. There's such a great variety of scholarships that a significant number scholarship providers cannot allocate their budgeted funds because they receive too few applications.

3 Myths about funding your education:

1st myth: Scholarships, grants and loans are awarded based on merit, needs and civic 9engagement

Truth: There is a vide variety of selection criteria. These can be anything from the job of your parents to your hometown.

2nd myth: There are only few funds available 

Truth: There are >15,000 scholarships and other funding opportunities within the EU with a total value of more than 27 billion Euros; > 4,000 scholarships and other funding options in the UK alone.

3rd myth: Too many people apply for funds

Truth: Most people never apply for funds...

Where to search?

  • School website: Latest announcements can  often be found on your school/university website. Speak to your careers service/adviser if you're not sure where to find these.

How to apply?

  • Start early: many institutions only have 1 deadline per year 
  • Send out as many applications as possible: several applications increase your chances of succeeding significantly
  • Send out personalised applications