4. What is the difference between Category A and Category B scholarships within Action 1?
1. What is the structure of Erasmus Mundus programme?
This programme consists of three actions, but only the first two are intended for individuals – student/doctoral candidates and offer them scholarships.
EM Action 2 includes Erasmus Mundus Partnerships between European and Third Country higher education institutions and scholarships for mobility at all academic levels. You can check selected projects for this Action by countries and years.
Under Action 1, you may apply to a maximum of 3 different Joint Programmes (Masters Courses and/or Joint Doctorates combined) per selection year. Therefore, you are usually requested to specify on the application form if you have applied to more than one programme.
Under Action 2 (former External Cooperation Window) there is no limit on the number of applications by an individual per selection year, i.e you can apply to as many projects as you are qualified for. However, if you have already benefited from one mobility activity within one selection year, you are no longer eligible for mobility within that project during that selection year.
Of course, if selected, you can participate only in one exchange, as you can receive only one grant.
3. Is it obligatory for a student/doctoral candidate applying for an EM scholarship/fellowship to have completed his/her previous degree before submitting his/her application?
Students/doctoral candidates can apply for an EM scholarship/fellowship even if they have not yet completed the studies required by the consortium responsible for the joint programme. They must however have completed the relevant degree before the enrolment deadline in the joint programme concerned.
However, it is the individual consortium responsibility to decide if it accepts applications from students/doctoral candidates falling under this category and, in this case, to assess the candidate’s credentials and competences in order to ensure he/she presents sufficient guarantees for completing his/her current study cycle before the beginning of the joint programme’s activities. If this assessment is positive, the student/doctoral candidate may be selected for a scholarship/fellowship on a conditional basis, provided he/she completes the degree concerned prior to the beginning of the joint programme.
Category A scholarships can be awarded to third-country students/doctoral candidates selected by EMMC/EMJD consortia who come from a country other than a European country (a country which is a Member State of the European Union or any other country which participates in the programme according to Article 9 of the Programme Decision) 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 these countries.
Category B scholarships can be awarded to European Master students/doctoral candidates selected by EMMC/EMJD consortia as well as to any Master students/doctoral candidates selected by EMMC/EMJD consortia who do not fulfil the Category A criteria defined above.
Serbian citizens belong to category A.