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Study-In-Europe: 2022 Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree for International Students

The European Union has opened applications for the Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree for International Students in Astrophysics and Space Science –MASS.

Aside from the €1400 monthly stipends, the scholarship is a fully-funded award covering tuition, accommodation and travel costs for selected candidates.

Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters are offered by multiple higher education institutions and run across various countries in Europe. They are distinguished by their academic excellence and by their high-level of integration. Students at master’s level from all over the world can apply.

Scholarship Details:

The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master program in Astrophysics and Space Science-MASS is jointly delivered by a Consortium of four Universities: Rome “Tor Vergata”, Belgrade, Bremen, and Côte d’Azur. MASS is an intersectoral, research-oriented Master program, covering state-of-the-art research in six main pillars: Gravitation and Cosmology, Stellar Astrophysics, Exoplanets, Astrophysical Techniques, Astrostatistics and Big Data, and Space Science. MASS will give students an excellent education in the field of Astrophysics and Space Science. It will expose them to the theoretical aspects of modern astrophysics, to the knowledge/use of observational facilities and/or to the data reduction and science exploitation of big data sets coming from current/forthcoming ground-based or space-borne experiments.

The goal of the programme is to provide students with knowledge and skills tuned to continue their career in PhD programmes, but also desirable to the private sector. They currently invite applications from top-ranked students of any nationality that either hold or are expected to obtain by 31st May 2022 a Bachelor’s Degree (or a recognized equivalent Degree that certifies a period of studies of at least 3 years, corresponding to 180 credits in the European Credit Transfer System) in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics, Mathematics, Computing Science, Space Engineering, or closely related fields. A certified good knowledge of the English language is required.

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Scholarship Requirements:

To be considered for the MASS, you must:

  • Hold either a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics, Mathematics, Computing Science, Space Engineering or related fields;

  • Or another recognized degree from accredited higher education institutions that certifies an equivalent amount of learning in the same fields, quantified as 3 years of university studies corresponding to at least 180 credits in the European Credit Transfer System, and that allows access to second-cycle programmes at the Master level in the higher education system within which the degree was obtained.

  • Or to be expected to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in the above-mentioned fields at latest by end of May of the starting year of the Masters Course.

  • Possess an academic transcript of records that demonstrates the fulfilment of the following minimum requirements concerning the acquired knowledge in Mathematics and Physics:

  • Mathematical Knowledge: Linear Algebra, Mathematical Analysis in one or several variables, Linear operators;

  • Physics Knowledge: Basic knowledge of classic and modern Physics, Mechanics, Thermodynamics and Electromagnetism; Elements of Quantum Mechanics, Special Relativity and Nuclear Physics; basic knowledge of geometrical and wave Optics.

  • Skills in lab. activities, experimental physics data analysis, and programming.

  • Supply one of the following proofs of English proficiency:

    • Cambridge B2 First (previously known as Cambridge English: First, FCE) or higher level Cambridge certificates;

    • “International English Language Testing System” (IELTS) Academic test, minimum “Band 6” and not more than 2 years old;

    • Internet-based (iBT) TOEFL with minimum score 72 points and not more than 2 years old;

    • TOEFL Essentials with minimum overall band score 8 and not more than 2 years old;

    • UNIcert level “II”;

    • B2 according to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR);

    Native English speakers are exempted from providing such a proof.

Scholarship Duration and Reward

An EMJM scholarship covers:

  • the participation costs and tuition fees;
  • a comprehensive insurance package for the entire period of participation in the programme;
  • a monthly allowance of 1,400 € paid directly to the student for the whole duration of the participation in the Master course (up to a maximum of 24 months). This is intended to cover travel and subsistence costs.
  • The programme has a duration of 2 years (120 ECTS credits) and is entirely taught in English.

The Masters course is open to students of all nationalities and is jointly offered by a Consortium of 4 Universities:

  • the University of Rome “Tor Vergata” (Italy),

  • the University of Belgrade (Serbia),

  • the University of Bremen (Germany),

  • the Université Côte d’Azur (France)

with the participation of several associated partners, including public research institutions, national Space Agencies, small and medium enterprises and space industries that contribute actively to the programme.

The programme begins on September 15th, 2022.

Required Documents

To apply, candidates must be ready to submit the following documents;

  • The completed and signed application form;
  • A copy of the Bachelor’s degree or an official statement specifying the expected date of the same, if not yet obtained;
  • The academic transcripts of records including an explanation of the grade scale;
  • A description of relevant attended course modules that reports for each module the title, the syllabus, the grade obtained, and the number of ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits or the number of hours;
  • An up-to-date CV (curriculum vitæ, resume), which includes a list of publications (if any), the title and short summary of the Bachelor’s thesis (if applicable), a description of extra-curricular activities that are related to astrophysics and space science (if any), and skills acquired (e.g. computer/ programming skills).
  • A cover/motivation letter (max. 1000 words) demonstrating the consistency between the Programme objectives and the applicant’s motivation, academic/professional background and professional project(s).
  • A scan of the passport (a scan of the national ID will be accepted conditionally if the applicant does not have a passport at the time of the application);
  • One of the certificates of English language proficiency (if applicable) that are listed in the language prerequisites.
  • Two recommendation letters. The applicants should provide the email addresses of two university professors, who are willing to submit recommendation letters in support of their application. The MASS Project Office will contact these professors and ask for their recommendation letters. Recommendation letters that are submitted directly by the applicants will not be considered.

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Method of Application

No separate application for scholarships is necessary.

By submitting their application for admission to the MASS EMJM programme, candidates participate at the same time in the selection for the award of an EMJM scholarship.

Candidates are not eligible for an EMJM scholarship, if they already received an Erasmus Mundus scholarship in the past. If this is the case, candidates must state so in the application form and can still apply for admission to the course as self-funded students. 

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Deadline: June 6, 2022

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