Description of the project

 

The Erasmus Mundus Programme

The Erasmus Mundus 2009-2013 Programme is a cooperation and mobility programme in the area of Higher Education, implemented by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). In case of the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 – Strand 1 (EMA2 – STRAND 1), under which the EBW+ Project is being developed, the management is carried out under the supervision of the Directorate General EuropeAid (DG Aidco).
EMA2 – STRAND 1 main goals are:

  • to promote the European Higher Education;
  • to encourage the reinforcement and improvement of students’ career perspectives;
  • to favour the intercultural understanding through the cooperation with third countries, in harmony with the EU external policy objectives, in order to contribute to the sustainable development of the third countries’ Higher Education.

This strand includes partnerships between European and third countries’ Higher Education Institutions, mobility in several Higher Education levels, and also a scholarship system.

 

The EBW+ Project

The project comprises 20 partner European and Brazilian Higher Education Institutions and 12 associate institutions, and is implemented within the framework of the Erasmus Mundus, Action 2 – STRAND 1, Lot 9, Brazil.
Among this initiative’s main goals, one can point out:

  • the mutual enrichment and a better understanding between Europe and Brazil, through the exchange of people, knowledge and skills at Higher Education level;
  • the increase of international cooperation between European and Brazilian Higher Education Institutions, thus contributing to foster the socio-economical development of this country;
  • the promotion of transparency and recognition of studies and qualifications at an international level.

As a way of reaching these goals, this project foresees 151 mobility flows from Brazil to European Union. With these scholarships, students, researchers and staff members may undertake a period of studies, research or work, respectively, in one of the European partner institutions of this consortium of Universities.

 

Scholarships

There are specific flows for members of partner universities, but also of non-partner universities and students in a particularly vulnerable situation, generally corresponding to one of the three Target Groups defined by the European Commission for the Erasmus Mundus Programme (see Apply – Who can apply?).
According to your specific case, you may have different scholarships available.

The EBW+ Project will have four Calls for Applications, the first one took place in 2014, the second one in 2015, the third one in 2016 and the last one in 2017. The total number of scholarships was divided by the four Calls and some types of mobility or durations may be available only in one of the Calls.

Broadly speaking, students may do an exchange period (non-degree seeking) at the host institution and they will be granted full academic recognition by the home institution (see General Information – Recognition of studies).
Researchers and staff members may undertake a research or working period at the host institution.

PLEASE NOTICE that the project’s mobility scheme determines that Brazilian applicants may only apply to European partner institutions. The main objective of this mobility flow scheme is to reinforce regional cooperation between the Higher Education Institutions of Brazil and Europe.

Target Group Types of mobility available Durations available
6 months
Target Group 1 Doctorate (mobility) X
Target Group 2 Doctorate (mobility) X

 

Eligible areas of study

According to the guidelines of the European Commission, the eligible fields of study for this project are:

  • Education, Teacher Training » only for undergraduate students. Not available in the 4th Call!
  • Engineering, Technology
  • Creative arts (music, design, dance and cinema)

 

Financial support

Every selected applicant will receive a monthly allowance to cover subsistence costs at the host country, one two-way flight ticket, and a health, accident and travel insurance valid during the entire mobility period in Europe. Students are also exempted from the payment of tuition fees at the host institution, as the tuition fees (when applicable) will be covered by the project.
The amount of the monthly allowance is as follows:

Doctorate students 1500 EUR/month

 

FAQs - Frequently Asked Questions

LINK FAQs - EBW+
PDF FAQs - EACEA

 

Evaluation Criteria

According to the type of scholarship, the evaluation of applications will comply with the following criteria and weighting factors (WF):

  • Doctorate students: Academic merit (WF 3); Research project (WF 2); Motivation (WF 1); Language skills (WF 1))

During the final selection meeting, and apart from the final grade awarded by the host institution and based on the abovementioned criteria, other factors will also be taken into account in case of similar grades so as to better answer to the project and Erasmus Mundus programme goals. For example: balance between partner institutions, gender balance, economically disadvantaged applicants, disabled applicants and other cross-cutting issues.

In the 4th Call, and even though all partner institutions may participate, clear preference will be given to applicants from and to the following:

  • From the Brazilian side: all except UFRGS.
  • From the European side:ULille, URouen, UMalta, UUppsala, TUDresden, RigaTU

This seeks to ensure a final balance between all partner institutions of the Consortium. 

Therefore, all applicants are advised to choose one of the abovementioned institutions as possible host institution.


Recognition of Studies

All exchange students at undergraduate and doctorate levels (non-degree seeking at the host institution) will have full academic recognition of the activities undertaken in the foreign country and concluded with a passing grade. This means that the time spent abroad will be formally considered by the home institution as part of the course in which the student is enrolled at the home institution. Academic recognition is mandatory within the scope of the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 programme and all partner and associate institutions have committed to accept it.

Tools have been developed by the partnership to assure that recognition is done in a fair and transparent way. Before the start of the mobility period, every student will need to agree with the academic coordinators at home and host institution the plan of activities to be undertaken, and formally establish that plan as well as the way recognition will be done. In order to do so, an Academic Recognition Agreement will be signed by all parts.
At the end of the mobility period, the host institution will issue a Transcript of Records with information on all the courses taken and grades achieved by the student. Through the ECTS system or a compatible system for credits and grades transfer, the activities will be officially recognised by the home institution.