Wednesday, December 17, 2008


Journalism is undergoing a fundamental transformation. Developments in technology, politics and society are increasingly putting the media industries and the profession of journalism at the centre of people’s attempt to make sense of what is happening in the world around them.

The Erasmus Mundus Masters degree explores the practice and performance of journalism and the media in the context of a new environment brought about by globalisation, modernisation, commercialisation and professional developments. The scheme offers a unique educational experience: You will study in three European countries. You will be able to specialise in one of three distinct areas of journalism: war and conflict, business and finance, and citizenship. You will be part of a group of 40 students selected from a pool of candidates from around the world. You will be part of a network of classmates that draw on a variety of experience and knowledge and meet the global ambitions of the degree.

The Erasmus Mundus Masters Journalism and Media seeks to produce alumni who will shape the future of global journalism.The degree scheme brings together five leading European institutions in the journalism and media education, combining the best academic research and teaching from the different national educational cultures. The program aims to prepare students for the challenge of working in the new global information society.

Globalisation is penetrating cultural and social borders around the world and simultaneously reinvigorating smaller regions and feelings of local identity. Political and social power is taking on new dimensions. Cultural awareness is growing. Journalism is at the centre of these changes.

Politically, states in Europe are coming together and falling apart at the same time. Journalists need new tools to understand and to interpret the processes of integration and disintegration.

Economically, a global world market is creating growth and havoc at the same time. Journalists need tools to be able to describe it in clear language.

Socially, people are getting connected in new ways through modern technologies. Journalism is the crucial field in a network society.

Culturally, there is increasing onus on the media and journalism to explain differences and similarities between peoples and societies. The focus of the Erasmus Mundus Masters Journalism and Media is to give participants the intellectual tools for a new and better understanding of reporting global change.

Scholarships for Faculty
Erasmus Mundus Scholars: Journalism and Mass Communication

Invitations are made for scholars outside of the EU member states in the field of journalism and mass communication to apply to spend time at one or more of the partner institutions of the Erasmus Mundus programme, Journalism and Media within Globalisation: The European Perspective.

Funding of up to 13,000 euros for a stay of three months is available for visiting the Danish School of Journalism, Aarhus; the Departments of Media Studies and Social Science at Aarhus University; the Department of Journalism and Publishing at City University, London; Institute for Media and Communication, University of Amsterdam; Institute for Journalism and Mass Communication, University of Hamburg; and the Department of Media and Communication Studies at Swansea University, Wales.

Applications are invited from scholars whose research interests relate to the core values of the programme and who can contribute to the teaching of the courses offered. The consortia members are particularly interested in building further links with partner institutions outside the European Union, especially in the Global South, and scholars who can contribute to such developments are particularly encouraged to apply. Scholars coming from consortium partner institutions, and following the lines of the consortium policy for scholarships have first priority.

The ability to make a contribution to the research culture of the partner institutions is sought and the opportunity to further research is provided. Applicants are asked to submit a study plan outlining their research and teaching interests and how they will pursue them at the partner institutions.

This programme is expected to be granted four scholarships for 2008-10.
The grant agreement for scholarships breaks down as follows: 3 month x 4,000 euro plus 1,000 euro as a fixed amount. If the period is more than three months no more than 13,000 euro will be paid.

Further information is available from Inger Munk:

For application for a scholarship, please send a letter of motivation, a CV and the study plan including which partner institutions you would like to visit during your stay in Europe (please make arrangements with these institutions before sending the application). The length of a scholarship is normally 3 months, but can be more or less and can be taken together or spread over the two year period. Please indicate the period/s of your intended stay during the 2008-10 academic period.

To be sent to: Danish School of Journalism, Olof Palmes alle 11, DK-8200 Aarhus N. att. Inger Munk. Email by 20 January 2009

Your application for admission to the Erasmus Mundus Masters will only be processed once we have received all required documents.

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Monday, December 15, 2008


Erasmus Mundus scholarships for students

Erasmus Mundus scholarships are available for 'third country nationals' (defined below) selected by the Mundus MAPP Consortium. The scholarships are provided by the European Commission and total 21,000 Euros per academic year, i.e. 42,000 Euros for the two years of the program, less the Mundus MAPP tuition fees. The participating universities select candidates in a competitive process from among eligible Mundus MAPP applicants, and forward the names to the European Commission for approval under the Erasmus Mundus Programme. Please note that candidates are NOT required to apply directly to the Commission for funding (indeed this is not possible).

Candidates who are awarded an Erasmus Mundus scholarship are required to complete the entire 2-year long Mundus MAPP program, and will receive their double degrees only upon completion of the full program.

Eligibility for Erasmus Mundus Scholarships
There are two types of scholarship offered by the European Commission:
I) Erasmus Mundus scholarship - general category (18 scholarships):
In this category Mundus MAPP applicants from 'third countries' may request to be considered for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship. The European Commission defines "third-country national" as follows:

Nationals coming from all countries other than the 27 EU Member States, the EEA-EFTA states (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway), who are not residents of any of the above countries, and who have not carried out their main activities (studies, work, living etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in any of the above countries.

Nationals of the following countries are consequently not eligible to apply for the general category:- the 27 EU member states (Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, the UK, Sweden, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Romania)
- the EEA-EFTA states (Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway)

Recipients of the Erasmus Mundus scholarships must have already obtained a first higher education degree; and have been accepted to register or is registered in an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course (in this case Mundus MAPP).

II) Erasmus Mundus scholarship - Western Balkans Window (to be confirmed for 2009-2011):
Applicants from the following countries will be considered for this type of scholarship: Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey. Applications from eligible applicants from Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia will be automatically considered for both the general category and the Western Balkans Window of the Erasmus Mundus scholarship.

Candidates who wish to be considered for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship will need to indicate this in the on-line application form. No separate funding application will be necessary.
Please note that as of the 2008-2009 academic year the number of applications by third country students must be limited to three Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses maximum. In the eventual case that a student applies to more than three EM Courses he/she will be excluded from the selection for an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship

Admissions requirements

Mundus MAPP is open to both European and overseas (third country national) students. Erasmus Mundus scholarships are provided for the latter group by the European Commission.

Minimum requirements are BA degree (normally at least Second Class);
Fluency in English, for non-native speakers evidenced by:
TOEFL (Computer-based; taken on/after March 14, 2007) 237 or above; OR TOEFL (Paper version; taken on/after March 14, 2007) 580 or above; OR TOEFL (Internet version; taken on/after March 14, 2006) 92 or above; ORInternational English Language Test (IELTS; taken on/after March 14, 2006) 6.5 or above; ORCambridge Proficiency Examination (taken on/after March 1, 2003) C or above; OR Cambridge Advanced English Test (taken on/after March 1, 2003) B or above.

Mundus MAPP does not require a language test certificate from native English speakers of the following countries: Australia, Botswana, Canada, Gambia, Ghana, Ireland, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Philippines, Rwanda (English-speaking region), South Africa, Uganda, UK, USA and Zambia. Applicants holding a preliminary degree from any of the countries of the European Union where the language of instruction was English, and applicants holding a preliminary degree from a university in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK or USA may also request a waiver from the English language admissions requirement.High motivation and interest in European and international public policy.

Although Spanish is no longer a requirement for mobility tracks involving IBEI, basic knowledge of Spanish is recommended as some electives will only be available in Spanish.Preference will be given to candidates with relevant work experience.

How to apply
Admissions to Mundus MAPP are centrally administered by the Central European University in Budapest. Qualitative assessment of the candidates is performed jointly by the four consortium universities. Please note that as of the 2008-2009 academic year the number of applications by third country students must be limited to three Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses maximum. In the eventual case that a student applies to more than three EM Courses he/she will be excluded from the selection for an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship.

Candidates are required to fill in an on-line application form.
Besides submitting the on-line application form candidates will be required to upload supporting documentation. The list of these documents and the relevant forms are available here. Until the new online application form is launched candidates are advised to obtain/prepare these documents as soon as possible to speed up submission.Further information on formal requirements regarding the official documents is available on CEU's admission's pages, with the applicable requirements as outlined here.

For queries please write to

Application deadlines
Students applying for Erasmus Mundus scholarships must send their complete applications (submit the on-line application form and supporting documentation) to Central European University by January 9, 2009. By this date the applications must reach the CEU Admissions Office.
Since scholarships need to be approved by the European Commission an extension of the deadline is not possible. Preliminary information regarding the admissions decision will be communicated in March/April in order to enable selected candidates to start visa applications as soon as possible. Erasmus Mundus scholarship candidates will be informed about the final decision as soon as the European Commission informs the participating universities, likely in May.

The new online application form will be available on December 1, 2008 on the CEU website. This application facility will enable the online submission of the application form itself as well as all other relevant documentation, including academic records, CV’s and resumes, letters of recommendation, and application essays (such as statements of purpose, research proposals, etc.), eliminating all paper mailing to the Admissions Office. Until the facility is launched, please review the list of the documents you will need to prepare or arrange for submission:

1. Completed online CEU Application Form (to be launched December 1, 2008)2. Letters of recommendation
3. Academic records
4. A full curriculum vitae or resume, including a list of publications, if any
5. Department- and program-specific requirements (statement of purpose, research proposal, additional test scores, etc.)
6. Proof of English proficiency
Students applying to Mundus MAPP who do not wish to be considered for Erasmus Mundus Scholarships should send their complete application to Central European University by April 17, 2009.

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Guest Scholarship Program for Master’s level studies in Sweden

The objective of the scholarship program is to promote democratic, economic and social development through supporting know-how and transfer of knowledge to advanced students within areas in which Sweden is at the forefront of academic research.

The program is targeted at candidates from the following countries: Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Burkina Faso, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Macedonia (FYROM), Georgia, Ghana, India, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Mali, Moldova, Rwanda, Senegal, Serbia, Syria, Tanzania, Turkey and Uganda.

Eligible master's programs
A list of master's programs eligible for SI scholarships will be published on the website on December 15.

Important dates
The online application service for Swedish master's degree programs opens on December 1 at Deadline for applications for most master's degree programs is January 15.

Application for SI scholarships can only be made after you have been accepted on a Swedish master's program on the list above and must be followed by an admission confirmation from

Instructions concerning the scholarship application procedure and an online application form will be published on the website in April 2009.

The result of the application procedure will be announced at the SI website and at the beginning of June.

Visa and residence permits
SI scholarship holders are given priority in the visa and residence permit procedures at the Swedish Migration Board. Visas are free of charge for SI scholarship holders.

Scholarship benefits and period
The scholarship amounts to SEK 8,000 per month and is only awarded for programs starting in the autumn semester 2009. The scholarships are usually granted for one academic year, i.e. for two semesters at a time, but will be extended providing the study results are satisfying.

Scholarship holders enrolled for:
• One year master's level studies will receive funding for 10 months starting from the autumn semester 2009.
• One and a half year master's level studies will receive funding for 17 months starting from the autumn semester 2009.
• Two year master's level studies will receive funding for 22 months starting from the autumn semester 2009.

How to apply
Application instructions for SI scholarships for the academic year 2009/2010 will be available on in April 2009.

Who is eligible?
The scholarships are intended for guest students belonging to the above-mentioned target group for full time temporary studies in Sweden. There is no age limit for scholarship holders.

You are not eligible for this scholarship if any of the following is true:
• You have already lived in Sweden for two years or more when the scholarship period is due to begin.
• You have a Swedish permanent residence permit or a work permit.
• You have a previously been awarded a scholarship from the SI for studies at master's level or research at a Swedish university.

Students who have attended a Swedish Institute summer course in the Swedish language or the Swedish Institute Summer University are welcome to apply.

Travel grants
Scholarship holders from ODA countries will receive travel support in connection with the scholarship. The travel grant is a lump sum, given only once. Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia (FYROM), Kosovo, Moldova, Serbia, Turkey and receive SEK 4,000. Citizens from remaining prioritized ODA countries receive SEK 10,000.

Scholarship holders are insured by the Swedish State Group Insurance against illness and accident during the scholarship period.

Scholarship limitations
The scholarship is designed to cover the living costs for the scholarship holder. There are no grants for family members.

Kindly observe that scholarship holders following a two year master's degree program are only permitted to go abroad within their studies, for at the most one semester with retained SI scholarship. The granted scholarship period cannot be altered or extended.

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