Types of fellowships
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Types of fellowships
There are two different types of fellowships that can be awarded to the doctoral candidate.Category A fellowships can be awarded to third-country doctoral candidates who come from a country other than a European country (you find below the link to the Programme Guide for the list of "European countries" on page 14) and who are not residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, work, etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in these countries. The five-year reference period for this 12-month rule is calculated backwards as from the submission deadline for Category A applications by the EM consortia to the Agency (i.e. end of next February). The only exception to this rule applies to third-country doctoral candidates who have previously received an Erasmus Mundus masters scholarship in order to follow an EMMC.
Category B fellowships can be awarded to European doctoral candidates (which include all 28 Members State of the European Union, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Croatia, Turkey and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) as well as to any doctoral candidates who do not fulfil the Category A criteria defined above.
In order to ensure geographical diversity among the doctoral candidates, no more than two doctoral candidates with the same nationality can be awarded a fellowship per year.
Fellowship candidates fulfilling the eligibility criteria for both Category A and B – e.g. students with 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 fellowship at a time.
Note that candidates holding an Erasmus Mundus fellowship must perform their training/research periods in at least two European countries represented in the consortium; for Category B fellowship holders, two of the countries visited during the EMJD activities must be different from the country in which the doctoral candidate has obtained his/her last university degree. For example, a person with a Master's degree from a UK University can only apply to topics given by any combination of Maastricht and Gothenburg.
Both fellowships will cover a fully funded three year programme (including all fees) and guarantees the candidates a net salary of at least € 1.400 per month including social security and a pension plan.
A lump sum mobility contingency of € 7.500 is awarded to non-EU candidates.
Candidates not specifically selected for Erasmus Mundus fellowships might still be able to participate and follow the programme at The House as well, but on an individual basis. These candidates will be required to pay fees and participation costs that apply.
Note that the fellowships are awarded exclusively for full-time enrolment in one of the doctoral programmes. Individuals who have already benefited from an EMJD fellowship are not eligible for a second grant. Note also that doctoral candidates benefiting from an EMJD fellowship cannot benefit from other EU grants while carrying out their Erasmus Mundus doctoral activities.
Only candidates who have applied to and have been accepted by The House in accordance with its specific doctoral candidate’s application and selection criteria are eligible for a fellowship. Doctoral candidates can apply for an Erasmus Mundus fellowship to the Erasmus Mundus Action 1 joint programme (EMJD) of their choice but the number of applications must be limited to maximum three different joint programmes.
It is also the candidate’s responsibility to take these eligibility criterions into account.
For more information about eligibility criteria for Fellowships funded by the European Union, see the latest version of the Erasmus Mundus Programme Guide