Erasmus Mundus is a social support and mobility programme for higher education that aims to improve the quality of European education and promote understanding between the people and culture of Europe through interaction with third countries -- states which are not part of the European Union.
The higher education programme is implemented through various Erasmus Mundus Consortiums (ECM) and awards Erasmus Mundus Scholarships to both non-EU and EU country students, enabling thousands to attend one of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Programmes at the masters or doctorate level. The consortium style of programme means that students complete a degree by studying in two different universities across Europe. The Erasmus programme offers full-time scholarships and fellowships that cover the living costs, tuition fees, travelling, and insurance costs of the students. Compensation varies depending upon duration and level of studies plus the nationality of the students. Scholarship amount for non-EU students is higher as compared to EU students.Disciplines covered under Erasmus Mundus are Veterinary and Agriculture, Construction and Manufacturing, Engineering, Welfare and Health, Computing and Mathematics, Science, Business, Law, and Social Sciences.
There are two categories of this scholarship, Action 1 and Action 2. Action 1 is for Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degrees (EMJMD) and Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorates (EMJD) whereas Action 2 includes only Erasmus Mundus partnerships programs. Students in higher education can receive scholarships for undergraduate studies (Action 2) as well as masters studies (Actions 1 and 2). Doctoral candidates can receive fellowships for doctoral studies (Actions 1 and 2) and also for post-doctoral studies (Action 2). Teachers and researchers can receive fellowships for teaching and research periods (Actions 1 and 2). Besides, other academic staff can receive scholarships / fellowships under action 1 and 2. There are more than 130 Master programmes in a variety of fields of study (Agriculture and Veterinary, Engineering, Manufacture and Construction, Health and Welfare, Humanities and Arts, Science, Mathematics and Computing, Social Sciences, Business and Law). Action 1 provides highest number of scholarship every year. But it is to mention that, students at master level can apply to a maximum of three different programs. This year total 40 scholarships are awarded to Bangladeshi students under Action 1 out of 973 applications received!
Details about Action 1 can be found in this link:
Details about Action 2 can be found in this link:
Another attraction of this scholarship is its amount. Scholarship amounts also can vary according to the level of studies/teaching/research, their duration (3 months to 3 years) and the grantee's nationality. But normally every Action 1 master degree awardee gets 1000 euro per month and 4000 euro per year for the travel allowances as well as covered by 2 years free health insurance facilities. Action 2 scholarship holder gets the same amount at the master level but the duration is 1 year. Again EU individuals get less than the non-EU individuals.
The entire Erasmus Mundus master and PhD programs are really up to the mark and enriched in high quality education and research facilities provided by the top-ranked universities of Europe. Ever year hundreds of students are going to Europe under this scholarship from Bangladesh. It’s a great opportunities for the students from the developing country like us to fulfill our dream for higher studies. But still there are students in Bangladesh who don’t know much about this scholarship. So this is high time to know and grab it until the project closes!
Most consortia will require applications to be submitted between October and January, for courses starting the following academic year.
How to apply:
The application process is solely online based and out of charge. What students have to do is to scan all of the academic documents, upload it and send it within deadline. All the information is available in the website of the specific program. The students need to create an account for uploading the necessary documents required for the application when the application starts and then submit it. The documents which are generally required are (an updated CV, recent photographs, copy of passport, all academic certificates and transcripts, English language proficiency certificate, Letter of motivation and at least 2 letters of recommendation from the University professor. The PDF format is better of documents uploading. But it is always wise to have all the documents ready before applying. No job or research experience is required for this scholarship but if any student has it then it’s a plus. Also there is no interview in this scholarship.
Some advice for the applicants:
1. Students have to hold at least a bachelor degree to be eligible for this scholarship at the master level. Although they also consider students who are appeared in the final semester and able to prove that he/she will get the results soon. So try it!
2. The CV must be written in a specific format called EUROPASS format. If any student submits the CV in another format he/she will lose some score. The EUROPASS CV format can be found here: http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/en/home
3. For English language certificate, students who don’t have any IELTS or TOEFL score can also apply by showing the Medium of Instruction Certificate (MOI) if the University supports this system. The students can get this certificate for the register building of the university saying that the four years bachelor study was conducted in English.
4. There is a miss perception among the students that publication is mandatory for this scholarship. But they are wrong. No research publication is required for this scholarship at the master level. Normally they don’t expect publication from the students from the undergrad level. The only thing is needed is a good result nothing else. Again if students have any publication then it will enrich the CV.
5. Motivation letter is very much important for this scholarship. The name of this document can vary from scholarship to scholarship like Statement of Interest (SOI), Statement of Purpose (SOP), Motivation and Future Plans etc. All are same thing but the document should be replaced according to this name. The body of this document should include the academic and professional background of the applicant, job or research experience, interested in this program, expectation from this program, contribution back to the home etc. So it is better to write it personally with time not by the others. And it should not be more than 2 pages.
6. Recommendation letters are another vital document for this application. At least two academic and one non-academic or professional recommendation letters are required. For the academic letters it is not wise to have the letters from the professors who have lots of experience in the field of research and have quality journals.
(The different sources of information from internet are acknowledged with gratitude)
The writer is a freelance contributor