About 15 Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree scholarships per year are available on a competitive basis. The scholarships will be available for four intakes over a period of four years (in total about 60 scholarships for the intakes with start in the period 2024-2027). Scholarships are available for partner and programme countries. Depending on your nationality you belong to one of these categories. If you scroll down you will see, which category you belong to.
What do EMJMD Scholarships include?
The scholarships all include the following amounts:
the students' participation costs (including the tuition fee, library and laboratory costs, full insurance coverage and any other mandatory costs related to the students' participation in the Master);
an allowance of EURO 1,400 per month for subsistence, student travel and installation costs for the entire 2 years duration of the EMJM study programme.
Students with disabilities may receive a contribution to individual needs up to a certain maximum if they fulfil the general eligibility conditions set in the grant agreement.
Besides the EMJMD scholarships, there is a limited number of scholarships with reduced tuition fee available.
What do the scholarships with reduced tuition fee include?
These include a reduced tuition fee of EURO 3,000 (excl. VAT) instead of EURO 18,000 (excl. VAT)
Only available for private/natural persons (to whom we send an invoice for the tuition fee), not for employers, government, other scholarship providers.
All other cost for insurance, visa, travel and 24 months cost of living and accommodation are not included and confirmation is needed that funding for these costs is available to be proved by bank statements.
Application procedure for EMJMD scholarships
Apply for admission and Erasmus Mundus scholarship for the Groundwatch programme by completing and submitting the online application form available at this website.
Make sure that before you start to apply online, you have collected the documents you need to upload. There is no separate application procedure for Erasmus Mundus scholarship.
At the question in the application form, where you have to indicate how you are going to finance your study, you have to select: Erasmus Mundus scholarship. If you have double nationality, the nationality which you fill in in your online application, together with the passport you have uploaded will be leading to categorize you under either partner or programme country scholarship (see below what is partner or programme country)
Application procedure for scholarships with reduced tuition fee
Apply for admission and scholarship with reduced tuition fee by completing and submitting the online application form available at this website.
Make sure that before you start to apply online, you have collected the documents you need to upload. There is no separate application procedure for the scholarship with reduced tuition fee.
At the question in the application form, where you have to indicate how you are going to finance your study, you have to select: “Scholarship with reduced tuition fee”.
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, North Macedonia (Republic of), Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia (Republic of), Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Turkey (Republic of)
All other countries
Students whose nationality is one of the Partner Countries count as Partner Country students.
Students whose nationality is one of the Programme Countries count as Programme Country students.
Students with a double nationality (of a Partner and of a Programme Country) must specify the nationality under which they submit their scholarship application in their application form. Please upload both passports as 1 pdf.
Students who have benefitted from an EMJM scholarship before are not eligible to apply for an additional scholarship.
Application deadline for both an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship and Scholarship with reduced tuition fee is 8 January 2024, 23.59 hrs Dutch time (partner countries) / 15 February 2024, 23.59 hrs Dutch time (programme countries)
If you have indicated in your application form that you wish to be considered for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship, you will be informed about the outcome of your application for admission and scholarship in in the 3rd week of April 2024.
Applications received after 8 January (partner countries) or 15 February 2024 (programme countries) will be taken into consideration for academic admission, but not for an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship. If there are still places available, the option of scholarship with reduced tuition fee will be considered. If you wish to come with other funding, you have to submit your application and confirm funding by 15 May 2024 at the latest.
In case you meet the academic admission requirements, ultimate financial confirmation is needed before 15 May 2024 at the latest. However, with regard to long visa procedures for Portugal you are strongly advised to send your financial confirmation well in advance of that date. If you do not need a visa for Portugal the deadline of application is 31 July 2024.
You can follow the status of your application via the online application system. There you will find the explanation of the different statuses as well.
Note that this is the provisional status. The final decision on your application for admission and scholarship will be made by the JMC meeting at its selection meeting in April.
Admission and Evaluation Procedure
A first control of eligibility for admission is performed by the student admission office of IHE Delft, as the coordinator of the master programme.
Legalised documents accepted by the coordinating institution will be automatically recognised by the other HEIs within their competences. The minimum GPA (Grade Point Average) depends on the country of study, as defined by IHE Delft (based on a thorough comparative assessment done at a higher level in the Netherlands). In case of doubt, the programme coordinator is contacted.
Following the eligibility check, a shortlist of around 100 applicants eligible for a scholarship is built by the coordinator of the programme in close collaboration with the student admission office, based on the relevance and grade of the obtained Bachelor degree and followed disciplines, the ranking of the university, the number of applicants per country and the letter of motivation.
The shortlist of 100 applicants is then distributed over the three full partners of the consortium, and each partner evaluates all applicants, so that each applicant receives three evaluations:
A maximum of 25 points for the overall grade of the previous degree (Bachelor or equivalent) and ranking of the university in the country.
A maximum of 40 points for the marks of relevant study subjects during the previous degree, previously obtained Master degree, number of years since last graduation, additional relevant academic or work experience outside Europe, relevant extra-academic qualifications, and added value of a fellowship for the applicant and her/his career.
A maximum of 25 points for the letter of motivation.
A maximum of 10 points for the two letters of recommendation.
The scores for BSc mark, university ranking and years since completion of the study are calculated objectively and integrated into the matrix on beforehand. The three HEIs provide an individual rating and send it to the JOMC chairperson, who combines them based on the absolute scores and relative rankings given by each partner. Importance is further given to rankings by each of the referees involved, to overcome biases due to subjectivity.
The results are then discussed and finalised among the three partners during a video-conference meeting. In case of doubts, the added value of a fellowship for the applicant and his career is also considered, or the candidate can be interviewed.
A memo is prepared of the selection procedure, including day and place of final decision, and signed by the three country coordinators within the JOMC. The list is combined with the number of available EC grants for Partner and Programme Countries, to obtain two final lists: one of applicants with approved grants, and one with applicants placed on a reserve list, who may be entitled to a scholarship when one of the applicants with an approved scholarship decides to withdraw.
For the applicants with approved grants, the general Admission Office of IHE sends an invitation letter admitting the awarded applicants to the programme, and once they have accepted, the Admission Offices of the other HEIs also admit the awarded students. All students are informed regarding the outcome of the selection procedure. Applicants are informed about the possibility of, and procedure for, submitting and appeal.
Those applicants who meet the academic admission criteria, but have not received a scholarship, will be academically accepted to the programme and motivated to search for alternative funding. Self-funded students are admitted to the programme if they satisfy the admission requirements.
The language of instruction is English, and all students must possess adequate English language skills as a requirement for admission. Notwithstanding, additional language course are be provided at IHE for improvement of English speaking, understanding and writing skills. A dedicated English teacher tests all students upon arrival on their English proficiency and, for those who need it, additional courses are organised. Other than the English language, students have the opportunity of learning Dutch, German and Portuguese during their stay in the respective countries.
Upon the successful completion of all the components of the master course, the student will be awarded a multiple degree from the three partner universities, all accredited by the respective authorities in each country, existent in their respective national degree catalogues and mutually recognised.
IHE Delft awards the degree "Master of Science in Water and Sustainable Development", with “specialisation in Groundwater and Global Change - Impacts and Adaptation”, TU Dresden awards the degree "Master of Science in Hydro Science and Engineering", and ULisboa IST awards the degree "Master of Science in Environmental Engineering". All issued degrees cover the entire period of the course (120 ECTS).
Applicants for and Erasmus Mundus scholarship will be notified regarding academic admission after the scholarship selection has taken place. If you do not agree with the decision of the Committee on academic admission and scholarship selection and feel that the consortium/partnership has not handled your application in line with the application and selection procedures as described on the website, you have the possibility to appeal.
You will need to do this within seven days following notification, stating in a letter addressed to the Committee why you disagree with the decision made, providing clear justifications. You need to send the letter by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your appeal will be analysed by the Selection Committee and if justified, your application will be re-evaluated.
You will be informed about the final decision within 14 days.