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Erasmus Mundus full scholarships: Eligibility

The Erasmus+ Programme offers two categories of scholarships for participating in an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree programme (EMJMD):

A) Scholarships for scholarship holders from Erasmus+ PARTNER countries (scholarships of "category A") can be awarded to applicants who

  • are nationals of a country other than an Erasmus+ PROGRAMME country (see definition below) AND
  • who are not residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, training or work) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in one of the Erasmus+ PROGRAMME countries. The "last five years" are defined as the five years preceding the last day of February in the desired year of student intake. For applicants applying for student intake in 2019, this is the period 01 March 2014 to 28 February 2019. 

Erasmus+ PROGRAMME countries are defined as the 28 member states of the European Union (EU) plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) and Turkey.

B) Scholarships for scholarship holders from Erasmus+ PROGRAMME countries (scholarships of "category B") can be awarded to applicants who

  • do not fulfil the criteria for scholarship holders from Erasmus+ PARTNER countries defined above. 

Students fulfilling the eligibility criteria for both categories – e.g. students with a double nationality – must select the category of their choice. As a result, they are entitled to apply only to one of the two categories of scholarship at a time.

For both categories, the further eligibility criteria apply:

  • Students who have already obtained a EMJMD scholarship or an Erasmus Mundus Master Course/Joint Doctorate scholarship are not eligible to apply for an additional scholarship under the EMJMD action.
  • EMJMD scholarship holders cannot benefit from another EU funded scholarship scheme to follow the same EMJMD course and this for the entire period of the course.
  • Students can apply for an EMJMD scholarship to any of the Erasmus+ Erasmus Mundus courses of their choice (EMJMD catalogue: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/library/emjmd-catalogue_en), but are limited to a maximum of three different joint programmes per academic year.

Amount of Scholarships

MARIHE is a four-semester (two-year) Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree programme (EMJMD). Its mobility scheme includes a mandatory mobility period to a third country full partner, as all MARIHE students spend a lecture period (in the 3rd semester) either at consortium partner Beijing Normal University in China or Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology in India. Therefore, the scholarship scheme for MARIHE is the following:

1) Contribution to participation costs

  • for a scholarship holder from Erasmus+ PARTNER countries ("category A"): 6 000 € per year
  • for a scholarship holder from Erasmus+ PROGRAMME countries ("category B"): 4 500 € per year. In addition to that, MARIHE consortium will apply a fee waiver for the remaining participation costs.

This means that, for both types of scholarship holders, the Erasmus Mundus scholarship covers all participation costs in MARIHE (12 000 € for the whole programme/two years).

2) Contribution to travel and installation costs

The contribution to travel and installation costs takes into account the country of residence of the scholarship holder at the time of application to the EMJMD. (As a proof of residence, MARIHE Consortium may ask from applicants residence certificates and/or certificates regarding the applicant's occupational or educational situation.)

  • for a scholarship holder who is resident of an Erasmus+ PROGRAMME Country: 1 000 € travel costs per year
  • for a scholarship holder who is resident of an Erasmus+ PARTNER Country whose location is less than 4 000 km away from the Higher Education Institution (HEI) coordinating the EMJMD (in the case of MARIHE, this is Danube University Krems, Austria): 2 000 € travel costs per year plus a one-time payment of 1 000 € installation costs at the beginning of the EMJMD
  • for a scholarship holder who is resident of an Erasmus+ PARTNER Country whose location is more than 4 000 km away from the Higher Education Institution (HEI) coordinating the EMJMD (in the case of MARIHE, this is Danube University Krems, Austria): 3 000 € travel costs per year plus a one-time payment of 1 000 € installation costs at the beginning of the EMJMD

3) Contribution to subsistence costs ("monthly allowance")

  • for all scholarship holders: 1 000 € per month for the entire duration of the EMJMD study programme (for MARIHE: at least until graduation; 24 months maximum)
  • Notice: Contribution to subsistence costs will not be given to scholarship holders for the EMJMD periods (study/research/internship placement/thesis preparation) spent in their country of residence, nor to scholarship holders from a Erasmus+ Partner Country for the EMJMD periods exceeding 3 months spent in any Erasmus+ Partner country.

All scholarship holders will receive an insurance meeting the minimum insurance requirements of the Erasmus+ programme for EMJMD.

Following these regulations, special cases in MARIHE are:

  • Students with a country of residency in Austria, Finland, China, India, Hungary or Germany
    Subsistence costs (monthly allowances) will not be paid for the periods (months) of the EMJMD periods (study/research/internship placement/thesis preparation) spent in the respective country of residence.
    Example: A MARIHE student with Finland as country of residency at the time of application to MARIHE programme will not receive monthly allowances during the 2nd semester at University of Tampere. If the student choses the specialisation "Research and Innovation" (offered by University of Tampere), he/she will also not receive monthly allowances during the specialzation part of the 3rd semester and during the 4th semester, cf. section on mobility & specialisations.
  • Students with a last university degree from Austria or Finland
    All Erasmus Mundus scholarship holders must spend their study period in at least two of the full partner institutions located in different European countries. These countries must be different from the country in which the scholarship holder has obtained his/her last university degree. Last university degree is defined as the last degree that was obtained before starting MARIHE programme in the respective student intake (this may be different to the "last degree" at the time of application deadline). For MARIHE this means that scholarship holders having obtained their last degree in Austria or Finland will spend their 4th semester either at University of Applied Sciences Osnabrück in Germany or ELTE in Hungary (cf. section on mobility).

For more information on eligibility and scholarships, cf. Erasmus+ Programme Guide in its most recent version, sections on EMJMD.


(Last update of this page: September 2018)