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Key Action 1 - Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees 2018 - EAC/A05/2017
Deadline: Feb 15, 2018  

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The information on this page concerns Higher Education Institutions only. If you are a student or scholar looking for individual scholarships, please visit our scholarshipspage.

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMDs) are international study programmes delivered by a consortium of higher education institutions (HEIs) from different countries and where relevant other partners with specific expertise and interest in the study programme.   

EMJMDs aim to:

  • Foster excellence, innovation, and internationalisation in HEIs
  • Boost the attractiveness of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and support the EU's external action in the field of higher education
  • Improve the level of competences and skills of Master graduates and their employability

All participating HEIs established in a Programme Country must be institutions that award the corresponding EMJMD Master degree, either joint or multiple/double. The degrees must be accredited, where applicable, by the competent national authorities in the countries where the HEIs are established.

If national legislation allows, joint degrees are encouraged, as they represent a full integration of the learning and teaching process. An overview of the legal framework in the Erasmus+ Programme Countries relating to the award of joint or multiple/double master degree(s) can be found here.

For further information please refer to the Erasmus+ Programme Guide. 

Two e-tutorials that focus on the international dimension of the Erasmus+ are also available. They provide information about EMJMDs and other international actions of the programme, and on how to prepare a competitive proposal.


What does it support: 

The action supports the following:

  • the delivery of an EMJMD study programme corresponding to 60, 90 or 120 ECTS credits, organised through an international consortium of HEIs including the participation of invited scholars (guest lecturers) for teaching, training and/or research purposes
  • a study period in at least two of the HEIs of the consortium located in Programme Countries
  • additional study periods, research activities, placement, thesis preparation that may take place in other participating organisations from Programme or Partner countries,
  • the award of scholarships to excellent students worldwide for their participation in one of these EMJMD programmes

For detailed information on activities supported by Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees please refer to the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.

For the list of previously funded Erasmus Mundus Joint programmes (Masters and Doctorates) please consult the Erasmus Mundus Back Catalogue.



Who can benefit from it: 

Eligible participating organisations:

A participating organisation can be any public or private organisation established in a Programme Country or in a Partner Country that contributes directly and actively to the delivery of the EMJMD.

Such an organisation can be:

  • a higher education institution (HEI);
  • a public or private, a small, medium or large enterprise (including social enterprises);
  • a public body at local, regional or national level;
  • a non-profit organisation, association, NGO;
  • a research institute.

This list includes the organisations that can take part in an EMJMD. Please note however that not all these organisations can submit an application. For the list of organisations that can apply, please refer to the tab 'who can apply'.  

Eligible participating individuals:

Students at Master level, staff in the participating organisations, invited scholars /guest lecturers from Programme and Partner Countries.

Please note that students apply for a scholarship directly to the EMJMD consortium of their choice and go through a competitive selection process organised by the consortium of HEIs. For more information please visit the scholarships page.  

The selection, recruitment and monitoring of individual scholarship holders fall under the responsibility of the EMJMD consortium.




Publication of the call for proposals
25 October 2017

Deadline for submission
15 February 2018 (12:00 CET Midday Brussels time)

Evaluation period
4 months

Information to applicants
June 2018

Signing of grant agreement
July 2018

Start date of the action
August – October 2018


What support is available: 

The maximum grant amount awarded for selected projects will depend on a number of elements:

  • the EMJMD length (60, 90 or 120 ECTS credits)
  • the EMJMD participation costs defined by the consortia
  • the implementation of the optional preparatory year
  • the number of Programme/Partner country scholarships

EMJMDs receive funding for four intakes of students (starting from the selection 2018) to allow them to increase their worldwide visibility.


Who can apply: 

Any higher education institution established in one of the Programme Countries may submit an application on behalf of the consortium that delivers the EMJMD. Branches of Partner Country HEIs established in a Programme Country or branches of Programme Country HEIs established in a Partner Country are not eligible to apply.

HEIs established in a Programme Country must hold a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE). An ECHE is not required for participating HEIs in Partner Countries.

Each consortium must include HEIs from at least three different Programme Countries. HEIs from Programme Countries must be in a position to host EMJMD students and deliver at least the minimum number of ECTS credits for the study period.

Other organisations such as enterprises, public bodies, NGOs and research institutes may also participate in an EMJMD as partners or associated partners. For the list of organisations that can participate, please refer to the tab 'who can benefit'.  


How are applications selected: 

All project proposals are assessed on the basis of the eligibility, exclusion, selection and award criteria described in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.

Assessments are carried out with the support of external evaluators. For more information on the contribution of experts, please consult the Guide for Experts.



What happens if your application is selected: 

All applicants will receive a written notification of the outcome of the selection procedure as well as feedback on the evaluation of their application.

If need be, successful applicants may be contacted to provide supporting documents or clarifications.

A grant agreement/decision detailing all conditions with regard to the awarded grant will then be signed.

 For more information please refer to the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.



Key Action 1 Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees is managed by the EACEA in Brussels.

If you do not find what you are looking for in the Programme Guide or on our website, please contact us at the following email address mentioning the action concerned (Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees)

If you are based in a Programme Country and have a country-specific question on this action, you can also contact the International Erasmus+ Contact Point (ICP) in your National Agency. For the list of these offices, please click here.

If you are based in a Partner Country, you can also contact the National Erasmus+ Office (NEO) which exists in certain Partner Countries (former Tempus Partner Countries). For the list of these offices, please click here.

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