Applications are invited for Erasmus Mundus masters scholarships in Journalism, Media and Globalisation available for EU and Non-EU students. This year, the scholarships are divided into category A (for third country (non-EU) students) and B scholarships (for European (EU/EEA) students and others).
All Mundus Journalism students can apply for Erasmus+ stipends for the second year of their Master’s studies, if they have not been granted an Erasmus Mundus scholarship or received Erasmus+ funding within their BA studies. The first year is spent in Denmark at Aarhus University and the Danish School of Media and Journalism and a second specialism year at one of the programme’s other four European partners. Some students also have the option of spending a semester abroad at one of the programme’s non-European partner universities during the second semester of the first year. The application deadline is January 10, 2015.
What is Erasmus Mundus?
Erasmus Mundus was set up as a co-operation and mobility programme in the field of higher education in Europe with the first phase operating between 2004 and 2008, followed by the second phase from 2009 to 2013. Its third phase, beginning in 2014, has been rechristened Erasmus+. Aspirants from all over the world can apply to the programme.
However, an offer of admission from one of the member universities is required to apply for the scholarship. Under this scheme, students can choose to pursue Master’s and doctoral programmes at any of the partner universities. Master’s candidates spend two years at two universities. For some programmes, students can undertake their final research programme at a third university. The courses are designed in such a way that they can tap the specialised academic resources of two European universities. The Erasmus scheme covers tuition, accommodation and airfare apart from a monthly living allowance of 1,000 euros.
Last year, 71 students have been selected from India as a part of the Erasmus+ programme. While 52 stu dents are going for Master’s programmes, 19 are going for doctoral programmes.
Study Subject(s): Scholarship is awarded for studying Journalism, Media and Globalisation.
Course Level: Scholarship is available for pursuing master program at partner’s universities (first year is spent in Denmark at Aarhus University and the Danish School of Media and Journalism and a second specialism year at one of the programme’s other four European partners i.e. University of Amsterdam , the Netherlands, City University, London, UK, University of Hamburg, Germany and Swansea University, UK). Some students also have the option of spending a semester abroad at one of the programme’s non-European partner universities during the second semester of the first year: University of California at Berkeley; University of Technology Sydney; and Pontifical Catholic University of Chile) in USA, Australia and Chile.
Scholarship Provider: European Commission
Scholarship can be taken at: Denmark, Netherlands, UK and Germany, USA, Australia and Chile
-Erasmus Mundus Category A scholarships for third country (non-EU) students: Category A scholarships can be awarded to students from countries other than the 28 EU member states (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Nederland, Portugal, the UK, Sweden, Cyprus, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain) and the EEA-EFTA states (Norway, Lichtenstein, Iceland). Furthermore, you must comply with the 12 months rule: you are not a resident nor have carried out your main activity (studies, training or work) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in the above mentioned countries. The five-year reference period for this rule is calculated backwards as from the application submission deadline. Additional Category A scholarships are expected to be available for a limited number of students from: Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, DPR Korea, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam; Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan); Middle East (Iran, Iraq, Yemen); Latin America (For Latin America at least 25% of the students must come from Lower Middle Income Countries: Bolivia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Paraguay; a maximum of 35% of students from Brazil and Mexico together and 40% come from the following countries: Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela); South Africa; ENI-South (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia); ENI-East (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Territory of Ukraine as recognised by international law) and Gulf countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates).
-Erasmus Mundus Category B scholarships for European (EU/EEA) students and others: Category B scholarships can be awarded to any student who does not fulfil the criteria for a category A scholarship. The Category B scholarships are connected to the ‘Study Abroad’ programme at our non-European partners.
-Erasmus+ stipends (all students can apply): All Mundus Journalism students can apply for Erasmus+ stipends for the second year of their Master’s studies, if they have not been granted an Erasmus Mundus scholarship or received Erasmus+ funding within their BA studies.
-Students must have obtained a first higher education degree before the course start of the Mundus Journalism.
-Individuals who have already benefited from an Erasmus Mundus scholarship for a Master’s programme are not eligible for a second scholarship for another Erasmus Mundus Master’s programme.
-Students benefiting from an Erasmus Mundus scholarship cannot benefit from another Community grant while pursuing their Erasmus Mundus Master’s studies.
What does it cover? : Category A scholarships are expected to be worth €48,000 for the 2015-2017 programme. The fee is subtracted from the scholarship. There is free insurance for Mundus stipend holders. Category B scholarships are expected to be worth €23,000 for the 2015-2017 programme. Information and assistance on the Erasmus+ stipends will be provided at Aarhus University after the start of the course. The stipend is about 230 Euros per month for 10 months. So far all eligible students have received this stipend.
Scholarship Description: The Mundus Journalism Master’s is a two-year, truly transnational degree providing a solid foundation for analysing and reporting global changes. Building on journalistic skills, the degree offers a unique combination of journalism, media studies and the social sciences. An international consortium of universities and media outlets work closely together to run the Mundus Journalism programme.
What specialisms are available during year 2?
After the first year, all students transfer to one of the consortium partners in Germany, the Netherlands, or the UK to specialise in the subfield of journalism studies of their choice.
The fourth semester (30 ECTS) concentrates on the writing of the Master´s thesis, involving the conduct and writing-up of an academic-level research project in one of the four areas of specialization:
1.University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands: Media and Politics
2.City University, London, UK: Business and Financial Journalism
3.University of Hamburg, Germany: Journalism and Media Across Cultures
4.Swansea University, UK: War and Conflict
The Consortium aims to admit highly qualified students from a wide range of countries and with an equal representation of both genders. The admission process for students is highly selective and is based upon a variety of factors. To ensure that the selection is as objective and fair as possible, the procedure is as follows:
As the university where students spend their first year, Aarhus University coordinates the selection and admissions process. Due to the increased numbers of applications in the last few years, the results of the first screening of the applications on the basis of the categories outlined given below is done by and sent from Aarhus to the applicant’s first choice of specialism university. The results are then sent to Aarhus University for a second ranking. EU applications are also sent to the non-EU partners.
To ensure that the best candidates are admitted, the consortium has decided to give priority to academic merit; candidates will only be admitted if they have an above-average Bachelor’s degree (a minimum of an above-average class mark is expected). Consequently, an estimate of the applicant in terms of their ability to successfully finish the degree and enter the job market is made through the criteria of “journalism experience, motivation and life experience”.
During the admission process, all applications are assessed and graded in each of the categories below:
Academic background: The applicant’s academic ability, previous academic record and academic references.
Journalism experience: Based on the applicant’s examples of journalistic work and references.
Motivation; Based on the applicant’s personal statement – strong, clear statement that demonstrates the applicant’s motivation, commitment and relevant skills. The motivation must include an explicit argument for the first choice specialism.
Life experience: Based on the applicant’s personal statement, CV and reference letters – cultural awareness, organisational skills, language ability, international experience, etc.
Language skills: In addition, applicants are expected to have a minimum Academic IELTS band score of 7.0 if they are not native English speakers (we only accept IELTS tests). Applicants who want to study at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chili are expected to submit a certified copy of their DELE results or other documentation of their Spanish skills if they are not native Spanish speakers.
Last date to apply
Please note that both the application form and ALL supporting documents must be sent in before the deadline – 10 January: otherwise your application cannot be considered.