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Erasmus+ EMJMD scholarships are funded by the European Union, to help Joint Master Degree such as COSI attract the best European and international students. Those are very generous scholarships grants, which can virtually cover all expenses, including travel and subsistence costs associated with joining COSI programme during 2 years.

Grant awarded

The actual amount of the scholarships will vary if you are considered from (nationality or residence) a Programme country (i.e. member states of the EU and former Yugoslav, Republic of Macedonia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey) or Partner country (the rest of the world) and if your country of residence is situated at less or more of 4000 km from the city of Saint Etienne, France (campus of COSI coordinating institution). Please refer to this page to know if you come from a Programme of Partner country, and this online distance calculator to know distance between your place of residence and Saint Etienne.

Type of costs covered by the Erasmus+ JMD  scholarship

Amount granted to a scholarship holder from a Programme country

Amount granted to a scholarship holder from a Partner country situated at less than 4000 km from Saint Etienne

Amount granted to a scholarship holder from a Partner country situated at 4000 km or more from Saint Etienne

Participation costs

4,500 € per year

9,000 € per year

9,000 € per year

Travel costs

1,000 € per year

2,000 € per year

3,000 € per year

Installation costs


1,000 €

1,000 €

Subsistence costs

1,000 € per month

1,000 € per month

1,000 € per month

Indicative TOTAL for the entire duration (24 months) of COSI programme

35,000 €

47,000 €

49,000 €

# scholarship/s available for 2016-2018
> 4 scholarships for students from a Programme country
> 10 scholarships for students from a Partner country

Eligibility criteria

  • No restriction in terms of nationality, Erasmus+ EMJMD  scholarships can be offered to students from any country of the world.
  • E+ EMJMD scholarships are linked to a specific programme. To benefit from this scholarship, you must have applied, been selected as a scholarship holder and then have administratively enrolled in the COSI programme. Therefore, administrative and academic eligibility criteria for COSI selection apply.
  • Applicants should apply to COSI programme before the first deadline to allow selection committee to consider them for an E+EMJMD attribution.
  • In addition, applicants wishing to be considered for an E+EMJMD scholarship along with their application should make sure that they cannot at the same time be beneficiaries of a grant for student or staff mobility in the framework of other higher education programmes funded by the European Union budget, and vice versa. Please note as well that scholarships holders are awarded for a student’s participation in the complete Erasmus+ Joint master Degree programme and cannot transfer university credits from course taken prior to their enrollment […] for the purpose of reducing their mandatory activities in the joint programme. (Erasmus+ programme guide 2015)
  • One individual may apply for an E+EMJMD scholarship to any of the Erasmus+ Erasmus Mundus courses of their choice (see the EMJMD catalogue website), but for a given academic year the number of applications must be limited to maximum three different joint programmes. Applicants who do not comply with this rule may have their applications cancelled by the European Union.
  • The Erasmus+ EMJMD scholarship cannot be held concurrently with other scholarships mention in this website.

Selection criteria

  • This scholarship is awarded to best-ranked applicants during the selection committee following the first application deadline.
  • Same selection criteria used to assess application to the programme itself are therefore use. These criteria are based on the overall academic achievements and motivation of the applicants.
  • However, scholarship attribution policy respect, for applicants with similar academic level, European Union recommendations at intake level to achieve geographic balance:
  • No more than 3 candidates from the same country (or with the same nationality) should be awarded a Erasmus+ Joint Degree scholarship during the same intake;
  • A minimum of 75 % of scholarships will be earmarked for candidates from Partner countries.

How to apply

  • There is no specific / separate application process to be considered for this scholarship, providing the applicant apply before the first deadline.
  • When the selection outcomes (/results) are notified, applicants are informed by email if they are on the main list (i.e. successful applicants to COSI programme with an E+EMJMD scholarship) or on the reserve list (i.e. successful applicants to COSI programme with or without COSI scholarship and/or a fee-waiver).
  • Re-allocation of E+EMJMD:
  • Successful applicants on the reserve list are notified of their absolute rank by order of merit in the reserve list. COSI scholarships and Fee-waivers are attributed to best applicants on this list. Applicants on the reserve list without scholarships may decided to join the programme as self-financed students (no scholarship from the Consortium).
  • However, in case a successful applicant on the main list decide not to join the programme before the induction week, the E+ EMJMD scholarship can be re-allocated to best-ranked students on the reserve list, providing the geographical criteria are respected (i.e. if 3 Chinese applicants are on the main list, the scholarship can not be re-allocated to an additional Chinese applicants who were on the reserve list). Similarly, the Consortium may decide to re-allocate in priority E+EMJMD scholarship to applicants from Programme or Partner country considering current balance between this two categories.
  • Applicants who have applied after the first deadline cannot be considered for E+EMJMD scholarship reallocation, but they can be selected to the Programme if they applied before the deadline for self-financed students.
  • Successful applicants in both lists should confirm to the Consortium their acceptance of the E+EMJMD scholarship or willingness to join the Programme without scholarship in due time.
  • Non-successful applicants or successful student without scholarships attributed can appeal of the selection committee decisions.
  • Pursuant to article IV.3.1.5. of the COSI student agreement, the Consortium put in place during the first month of the Programme a specific evaluation test that will allow to assess the student’s actual capacity, skills and/or levels of competence in some crucial areas (linguistic, academic, etc.) to efficiently follow the Programme with serious chances of graduation at the end of it. This evaluation test will be the final written exam of the course module Introduction to MathLab, considering that acquisition or validation of this core competence is crucial in determining student future success. Details regarding course content and performance assessment criteria (including previous intake exams) are available on the Programme’s website and on the course module syllabus. If, after having been given a chance to re-sit, the student’s performance is still far below the consortium’s minimal performance requirements, the scholarship offer will be withdrawn. No prior knowledge on MatLab is expected from applicants.

Scholarship disbursement

  • The E+EMJMD scholarships are directly managed by the Consortium. Scholarships grants will be paid in several installments in a French bank account which administrative staff will help you to open upon arrival in France.
  • Scholarship disbursement is subject to the conclusion and satisfactory fulfillment of the student agreement between the student and the COSI consortium.
  • First installment, including contribution to travel and installation cost and the first month of contribution to subsistence cost (a total of 2,000 € or 4,000 € or 5,000 €  depending on your country of residence) is typically made the first month of the programme, end of September.
  • A scholarship disbursement calendar is made available and kept up to date.
  • Upon formal agreement with the student at the time of signature of the student agreement, the Coordinating Institution will deduct the Participation Costs directly from the contribution to participation costs at the beginning of each academic year. This scholarship component won’t be therefore paid to the student.
  • Contribution to subsistence costs must:
  • neither be given to scholarship holders for the EMJMD periods (study /research /placement /thesis preparation) spent in their country of residence. For instance, a French student can join the programme and be awarded a Erasmus+ JMD scholarship but won’t receive contribution to subsistence costs during the first semester of the COSI programme, which take place in France. Similarly, a scholarship holder from China won’t receive contribution to subsistence costs during the semester 4 if s/he decides to undergo her master thesis in China. Restrictions apply as well for students;
  • nor to Partner Country scholarship holders for the EMJMD periods exceeding three months (indicatively the equivalent of 15 ECTS credits) spent in any Partner Country.

Additional information on E+EMJMD scholarship are available on the COSI student agreement.

Please note that the legal basis and documentation that prevails for determining scholarships amount is the English version and latest version of the Erasmus programme guide, pages 101 (valid as of 10/10/2014). You can find additional information on calculation of scholarships on the EACEA website as well.

[last update = 20/11/2015]