Welcome to the European Scholarship Scheme for Young Belarusians (ESSYB)

The purpose of ESSYB is to contribute to a democratic and prosperous development in Belarus by giving young Belarusians access to higher education without ideological bias and according to internationally accepted academic standards.

By providing quality higher education for a generation of young Belarusians the EU hopes to establish a foundation for future democratic development of the Belarusian society. The aim of the programme is to aspire scholarship holders to return to Belarus after graduation and to become leaders and engaged citizens, contributing to the modernization of Belarus.

From 2013-2016, the scholarship program was open to all young Belarusians, who met the necessary academic, linguistic and personal requirements. Through ESSYB, 216 young Belarusians were able to study at Universities across Europe.

The last call for applications to ESSYB was announced in 2016, and the programme will end in November 2018. There will be no more calls for applications under this scheme.

The Programme is financed by the European Union and implemented by the Nordic Council of Ministers.

Please read more by choosing the appropriate heading in the Main Menu, or read more about scholarship holders from the previous programme the Open Europe Scholarship Scheme, which was operative from 2011-2016.