Erasmus Mundus Scholarships

In this section, we would like to provide you with more information about the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship and some of its regulations.

Applications for the 2018-2020 competition are NOW CLOSED. Applications for entry in September 2019 will open later in the year.

PLEASE NOTE: applying for the programme does not automatically mean you will have applied to the scholarship competition. You should ensure that you complete the appropriate Scholarship Application Form and attach it to your programme application which you submit online. More information on how to apply to the programme is available here: Applying for the Programme
IMSISS student scholarships can be offered to students from any region of the world – however no more than 3 from the same country or with the same nationality will be awarded in the same intake.

‌If you apply for Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Scholarship, you should specify you student category (depending on your nationality and residency status during the previous 5 years):

  • Programme Country (EU/EU candidate/EEA and applicants who have lived in a Programme country for more than 12 months over the last 5 years)
  • Partner Country (all other applicants)

For full details please check the Definition of Erasmus Programme and Partner Countries document. You should also carefully read the Nationality, Residency and 12 Month Rule tab to confirm your category.

All applicants planning to apply for a scholarship must submit a Scholarship Application Form (linked below) with their online programme application.

In the event that your scholarship application is not successful you can still be considered for a place on the programme as a self-funding student (subject to available spaces). If you would like to be considered for this please indicate this on your application form.

We encourage all applicants to submit as early as possible and no later than 26th January 2018, when applications will close.

All applications must be received by 26th January 2018.

  • EMJMD student scholarships cover the entire duration of the Master course and are awarded exclusively for full-time enrolment in the course.  Scholarship candidates must have already obtained a first higher education degree or demonstrate a recognised equivalent level of learning according to national rules and legislation in place. Candidates who will only obtain their first higher education degree at the end of the academic year preceding the EMJMD intake can nevertheless apply for a scholarship and can be selected by the consortium, under the condition that the student obtains the required degree prior to the beginning of the Master course.
  • Students who are former Action 1 Erasmus Mundus Master/Doctoral Course scholarship holders are not eligible for an additional EMJMD scholarship. Successful applicants cannot benefit from another EU grant while pursuing the EMJMD scholarship studies.
  • EMJMD scholarship holders must spend at least two complete mobility periods in at least two of the consortium’s full HEI partners which are located in different Programme Countries. Each of these mandatory mobility periods must include a volume of study/research or equivalent corresponding to at least 30 ECTS.
  • The mandatory mobility periods cannot be replaced by virtual mobility neither can they take place in institutions outside the consortium
    Additional study/research/thesis preparation/placement periods can take place in other participating organisations in the consortium (partner and associated partner) under the condition that the activities concerned are implemented under the direct supervision of the consortium partner.
  • Contribution to subsistence costs will not be given to scholarship holders from a Partner country for periods exceeding three months of the EMJMD spent in any Partner country.
  • Contribution to subsistence costs will not be given to scholarship holders for periods of the EMJMD spent in their country of residence.

Scholarships are dependent on both nationality and residency.

Students with a double nationality (of a Partner and of a Programme Country) must specify the nationality under which they submit their scholarship application.

When determining the contribution to participation costs, the consortium defines the student category – either Programme country or Partner country. The definition of the student category depends on his/her nationality and on whether the student resided in a Programme country for more than 12 months over the last five years before applying (applicable only to students with Partner country nationality). Therefore:

  • Students whose nationality is one of the Erasmus+ Programme countries count as Programme country students and should apply using the Programme country application form.
  • Students whose nationality is one of the Erasmus+ Partner countries 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 a Programme country are considered as Partner country students. The five year reference period for this 12 month rule is calculated backwards from the submission deadline (ie the 5 year period from 26 January 2013 to 26 January 2018). Apply using the Partner country application form.
  • Students whose nationality is one of the Erasmus+ Partner countries who do NOT fulfil the Partner country criteria defined above (12 month rule) count as Programme country students and should apply using the Programme country application form.
  • Example: a Serbian student who lived in Germany for 13 months, 3 years before 26 January 2018 should apply as a Programme country student; a Mexican student who has been living in Spain for 11 months at 26 January 2018 (and never before in the 5 year period) should apply as a Partner country student.

The contribution to travel and installation costs takes into account only the residence (as determined above, at 26 January 2018) of the scholarship holder regardless of the category under which the student has applied.

Students offered a scholarship will be required to provide proof of residency

  • a residence certificate issued in accordance with the candidate’s municipality normal registration rules
  • a certificate form the candidate’s place of work, study or training issued by the employer or institution in question.

Both documents must have been issued within 12 months before the scholarship submission deadline.

Selection timetable:

Selection timetable will be available soon.

Eligibility check:

All applications are subject to an eligibility check which covers all aspects of the application: respect of the application deadline, completeness of the application file, eligibility of the candidate in relation to the Erasmus Mundus criteria. Applicants who fail to provide necessary documentation by the appropriate deadline will be excluded from the application procedure and will be informed of the specific reason for ineligibility.

Scholarship competition:

To be eligible to be considered for scholarship, students must first have secured a place on the degree programme (unconditional or conditional). The University of Glasgow postgraduate admissions office assesses all applications and will reply directly to the applicant to let them know if they have been offered a place. Applicants who receive an offer of a place on the degree programme, and who have submitted the scholarship application on time, will be put forward to the scholarship competition.

Selection criteria:

The IMSISS consortium selection committee assesses each application according to the following criteria:

  • Academic merit – 20%
  • Relevance of academic qualifications to programme – 20%
  • Supporting personal statement – 30%
  • Quality of (academic) references – 10%
  • Other (e.g. relevant research/professional experiences/interests) – 20%


When a main list scholarship student withdraws, he/she is replaced by the first eligible candidate on the reserve list. In this particular case, the eligibility criterion concerns the nationality of the reserve list candidate and the rule concerning the presence of a maximum of three nationals from the same country among the scholarship holders in each intake. If there are already three other students with the same nationality on the main list, the consortium will have to take the next eligible candidate respecting its own ranking list (European Commission’s regulations).

Appeal procedure for candidates who fail to secure a scholarship:

All candidates will be notified of the decision of the Scholarship Selection Committee by email only in April. Candidates who do not secure a scholarship and who wish to appeal the decision of the scholarship selection committee must do so in writing by email within 2 weeks (14 days) from the point of notification by the IMSISS Consortium of their failure to win a scholarship.

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