Introduction to ERASMUS+ SCHOLARSHIP

Erasmus+ scholarship, formerly known as Erasmus Mundus scholarships can be considered as Fulbright equivalent scholarships but for studies in Europe. This guide offers answers to general questions regarding the scholarship for students who want to pursue Masters of PhD by availing Erasmus+ scholarship.

What is Erasmus+ Scholarship?

Erasmus Mundus is a cooperation and mobility Programme for higher education. It aims at enhancing the quality of European higher education and promoting dialogue and understanding between people and cultures through cooperation with developing countries. In addition, the programme contributes to the development of human resources and the international cooperation capacity of higher education institutions in developing countries by increasing mobility between the European Union and other countries.

Why Erasmus+ scholarship?

Erasmus+ scholarships offer masters in more than 100 programmes, where students get to study every semester in a new university and in a new country. Cool, right?

Multiple universities with specialisations in various programmes form the consortium for the scholarship. They devise the curriculum for the programme and decided who gets the scholarship. Students spend each semester at a different university and get an option to do thesis work at the university of their choice.

This means students get to move around Europe, learn new languages and cultures and make new friends with people from around the world. This makes Erasmus scholarships extremely attractive and competitive.

Let’s look at an hypotheical example to understand further.

EWEM (European Wind Energy Master) programme.

FUN FACT: All Erasmus+ master programmes have different and innovative names, like EWEM for masters in renewable energy, SpaceMaster for masters in space sciences and EMMA for Masters in Journalism, Media and Globalization

Host university = TuDelft, The Netherlands (This is where you send your application)

First semester= DTU, Denmark

Second semester= Tu Delft

Third semester= DTU or NTNU (Depends on which track of study you take)

Fourth semester= DTU, NTNU, the University of Oldenburg and Tu delft

This concept applies for every programme being offered under Erasmus+ scholarship. Masters courses are offered in following fields

  • Agriculture and Veterinary sciences.

  • Engineering, Manufacture and Construction

  • Health and Welfare.

  • Humanities and Arts.

  • Science, Mathematics and Computing.

  • Social Sciences, Business and Law.

What does scholarship cover?

Scholarships cover following things

  • Health Insurance and Books

  • Tuition fees

  • University fees

  • Mobility grant

  • Monthly stipend of 700 euros per month

Who can apply?

Everyone from around the globe with a bachelor’s and master’s degree can apply for the scholarship. Students in final years of their respective degree can also apply.

When to apply?

Applications usually open from 1st Oct, every year and close during the first week of January the following year. This varies from programme to programme, so make sure you check the deadlines for your programme beforehand.

You can inquire more about your programmes of interest at the following link

http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus_mundus/results_compendia/selected_projects_action_1_master_courses_en.php

Where to apply?

 Every programme has its own website, you can select see more details on following official link

http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus_mundus/results_compendia/selected_projects_action_1_master_courses_en.php

FUN FACT: You can apply for three Erasmus programmes in a year. Applying to more than three can affect your credibility in the eyes of the admissions committee.

What documents are required?

  • English proficiency certificate (It’s a must IELTS or TOEFL).

  • Bachelor’s degree and/or Master’s degrees Transcript(s).

  • Bachelor’s degree (at the time of joining).

  • Two good reference letters. (Education and Job, depending on the programme)

  • CV (Follow euro pass standard)

  • Motivation letter

  • ID Document (SNIC or Passport-preferred)

  • Research proposal (Optional)

  • GRE/GMAT (Optional, not compulsory)

Results

Scholarship results are announced in following year March/ April. Usually, there are 8-10 scholarships. A student can be on a waiting list, for which results will be announced in May. The programmes start in Sept.

FUN FACT: Looking at your motivation, if you’re not selected for E+ scholarship, you may be awarded consortium or industrial scholarship, these scholarships usually waive of partial or full tuition fee. But they depend on your profile and the consortium.

Conclusion

For selection the overall application package matters. But considering our experience this is the priority that they follow: GPA, CV, Motivation letter, Reference letters, English score. Higher GPA usually increases your chances many folds.

GPA does matter!

To read more about Erasmus+ Scholarships, please check “Erasmus Mundus Exchange Program” & “Erasmus Mundas Joint Masters Degree

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