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 mundusmapp@ceu.hu

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.

SOURCE http://www.mundusmapp.org/ and http://www.mundusmapp.org/admiss/app.htm

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