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ECB Scholarship for Women

We are offering grants of €10,000 each, to 15 women pursuing postgraduate studies in the fields of economics, statistics, engineering and computing.

The funding is intended to help you finance your studies. If your application is successful, you will also have the opportunity to gain insights into the ECB’s central banking and banking supervision work and to learn about the career opportunities we offer.

Is this for me?

Are you a woman currently enrolled, or about to enrol, on a master’s degree in one of the above-mentioned fields of study at a university or business school in Europe, and you are facing a funding gap? If so, our ECB Scholarship for Women could be for you!

Why are we offering this scholarship?

We want to change the lives of the women selected for this scholarship. Our goal is to support their education and boost their careers, both in general and in the areas of central banking and banking supervision.

The scholarship is specifically designed to help women from low-income backgrounds, who are EU nationals, to pursue postgraduate studies in the fields of economics, statistics, engineering and computing.

Eligibility criteria

  • You are a woman

  • You are a national of an EU country

  • You are currently enrolled, or about to enroll, on a master’s course in economics, statistics, engineering or computing at a European university or business school (please see the list of examples of relevant fields of study).

  • You are facing a funding gap that may prevent you from pursuing your studies
  • You obtained excellent grades in your undergraduate studies (i.e. for your bachelor’s degree) (please refer to this overview of corresponding grades for a range of countries)

The ECB is an inclusive employer and we strive to represent the diversity of the population we serve. We aim to reflect the same inclusivity with this scholarship and the diversity of women in the EU. We encourage women to apply irrespective of age, disability, ethnicity, race, religious beliefs, sexual orientation or other characteristics.

What you get

  • A grant of €10,000
  • A one-week study visit to the ECB
  • Insights into the ECB’s central banking and banking supervision work
  • The opportunity to meet your fellow scholars and members of the ECB’s “Women in Leadership” network
  • Advice and mentoring from an ECB economist or an expert in the field of banking supervision, statistics, engineering or computing

The application process

How it works

The application window for the ECB Scholarship for Women 2024/2025 closed.

In the application form you will need to:

  • explain the motivation behind your studies and indicate your career aspirations;
  • outline your current funding situation.

You will also need to submit the following supporting documentation:

  • proof of acceptance, or preliminary acceptance, on a master’s course in one of the relevant fields of study for the 2024-25 academic year;
  • official transcripts of your undergraduate qualifications, your academic record and, if applicable, evidence of your highest level of completed studies;
  • an official academic letter of recommendation from a professor, guidance counsellor, administrator, coach or mentor. This letter of recommendation will have to be submitted only when you are called for an interview.

Please be informed that incomplete applications can not be taken into consideration.

Timing and selection process

The application process for the 2024-25 academic year is open until 17 May 2024.

We expect to hold online interviews in June 2024 and to inform the successful candidates by July 2024.

Any questions?

You’re not sure whether you’re eligible? You don’t know if your master’s programme qualifies? Send an email to ECBWomenScholarship@ecb.europa.eu

Please check the terms and conditions of the scholarship and the relevant Privacy Statement.

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