How to Apply for Erasmus Mundus Scholarship

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Students from third-country nations and EU/EEA students who already have applied to and have been admitted by the Human Rights Policy and Practice master’s programme are eligible for scholarships financed by the EU through the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship Program. About 15 scholarships are available through the programme each year.

How to apply for the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship

If you want to apply for the Erasmus Mundus scholarship, you must submit your scholarship application form on the School Admissions website along with your programme application. We will consider your application as self-funding if the application form is not uploaded.

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Applications sent via email to teaching members of staff will not be considered. You can choose to have your scholarship application handled as a self-funding applicant if you are not awarded the scholarship.

What is covered by the Erasmus Mundus scholarship?

The student stipend covers the fees associated with participation, as well as a monthly living expense allowance and a contribution toward travel and installation expenses. For the program’s 24-month run, each recipient will get EUR 1,000 per month to cover living expenses. The scholarship also covers participation fees for the Human Rights Policy and Practice, including health insurance for 24 months, as well as a contribution toward travel, installation, and any other charges that must be paid in two instalments.

Eligibility requirements for the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship 

By the application deadline, scholarship applicants must have obtained their first degree in higher education or be able to demonstrate a recognised comparable level of learning in accordance with the applicable national laws and regulations. By the programme applications deadline in mid-January, scholarship candidates must have earned a degree from an institution of higher education.

The Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses (EMMC) action does not offer extra scholarships to students who have already received an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD) scholarship or who previously had an Erasmus Mundus Master/Doctoral Course scholarship. While pursuing their EMMC studies, students receiving an EMMC scholarship are not eligible for another EU award.

The list of nations whose citizens qualify for scholarships is provided here. Students from partner countries and students from programme countries are treated differently. A maximum of 25% of all available scholarships will be given to students from programme countries.

Scholarship recipients who complete some of their EMMC coursework in their home country are not eligible to receive the monthly living allowance during this time. For EMMC durations longer than 3 months (the equivalent of 15 ECTS credits), scholarship recipients from partner countries are not eligible for the monthly living-cost stipend.

Students from partner nations who have engaged in their primary activity (studying, working, etc.) in any of the countries of the programme  (EU + Turkey, Macedonia, Norway, Lichtenstein, and Iceland) for more than a total of 12 months over the past five years will be regarded as programme country applicants under the 12-months rule.

Please be aware that student candidates may only submit one application for each of the three combined programmes offered by the Erasmus Mundus scholarships for any given academic year (see the EMJMD catalogue).

To apply, a complete application must be submitted on time.

The Erasmus Mundus Master’s Programme in Human Rights Policy and Practice

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A group of four partner institutions put together the Erasmus Mundus master’s programme in Human Rights Policy and Practice.

  • Lead partner is the University of Gothenburg in Sweden;
  • Spain’s University of Deusto in Bilbao/San Sebastian;
  • Roehampton University, London, UK;
  • Troms, Norway’s Arctic University of Norway (UIT).

The University of Gothenburg hosts the first semester of study, the University of Deusto the second, and the University of Roehampton the third. For those students whose master’s theses were under UIT’s supervision, travel to Norway will be provided. Field trips, a Professional Seminar Series, and a third-semester internship with a human rights group in London will supplement the teaching modules. You must complete a dissertation during the 4th semester under the guidance of academic personnel from any one of the 4 partner institutions.

Joint teaching with immersed learning

The programme provides a very thorough and intensive method of teaching and learning, enabling one to develop their abilities, knowledge, and real-world experience as they get ready to become self-assured professionals in the human rights industry.

One will gain knowledge about these key topics through lectures, group discussions, seminars, and field trips:

  • law of human rights
  • Regarding  human rights politics as well as market economy
  • Research techniques and procedures
  • Human rights activism
  • Nongovernmental Organisations and social movements
  • Getting one ready for a career in human rights

The curriculum offers a stronger emphasis on professionalisation and employability. Your acquisition of a variety of essential job-related skills, including writing reports, project management, campaign development, and public speaking, is given special consideration in the various modules.

The Professional Conference Series will also provide you more chances to put what you learn into practice. The planning and delivery of the seminars, as well as the planning of study tours, are handled by Associate Partners from academia,  and the corporate,  public, and third sectors during the course of the programme. Last but not least, a possible third semester internship with a London-based human rights group.

You will be ready for the challenges of establishing and advancing your profession in the area of human rights after graduation thanks to these numerous kinds of integrated collaboration. 

Organisation and content

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In Sweden, the first semester provides the groundwork for the curriculum by presenting civil rights like an interdisciplinary area and starting to look at who should be responsible for protecting human rights.

Your preparation for producing and accessing high-quality human rights information and proof during your 2nd semester in Spain includes an examination of a relativistic approach to human rights in view of racial and cultural diversity.

You have the chance to put your knowledge into practice in the 3rd semester in the UK by participating in an internship with a London-based human rights organisation, the Professional Seminar Program, and courses on conceptualising social change and human rights.

Writing your master’s thesis in the field of Human Rights Practice and Policy with a focus on any of the four partners, takes place in the fourth semester.

Who ought to apply for the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship?

If you wish to study international studies and want to learn about human rights critically, apply for the programme. The curriculum provides a distinctive multidisciplinary perspective on human rights and broadens your skill set via in-depth academic research and real-world application.

Graduates obtain a dual Master of Arts in Human Rights Policy and Practice degree from the University of Gothenburg after graduating.

Following graduation, you’ll be equipped to:

  • work competently and successfully on the defence, promotion, and enforcement of human rights in an environment that is evolving globally;
  • Employ analytical abilities and knowledge of views, situations, organisations, policy-making, and practise related to human rights;
  • Analyse and put these abilities to good use in various situations and settings;
  • And competently create initiatives, programmes, and policies based on human rights.
  • Graduates hold positions in law, research, and education in addition to working for nongovernmental groups like Amnesty International, Doctors Without Borders, and Save the Children.

Application Process 


The University of Gothenburg’s services are responsible for managing the application process as well as admission requirement compliance (eligibility) exams.

The Joint Admission Committee of the EMHRPP, which is made up of the conveners and the administrative coordinator in Gothenburg, oversees the admission process on the basis of predetermined criteria.

Three categories make up the ranking:

  • Ademic ability (maximum 40 pts);
  • Motivation letter (20 points maximum);
  • Job history and letters of recommendation (up to 40 points).
  • A maximum of hundred points can be obtained by summing the three components. The ultimate score awarded to each contender is taken into consideration for ranking (from the highest score to the lowest).
  • Equal opportunity policies that encourage the involvement of students from underrepresented groups must be carefully considered.

Entry prerequisites

You need to meet the following requirements to be eligible to apply:

  • A first degree of 180 credits, or 180 ECTS, from a college or institution that is renowned globally.
  • A minimum of 2 years of practical experience working in the human rights sector Activities experience for practitioners can come from paid jobs, internships, and volunteer work. Find more details about this in the FAQ.
  • English B/English 6 at the upper secondary level or the corresponding level on an internationally recognised test, such as the TOEFL, IELTS, or similar alternatives, as specified in the University of Gothenburg’s annual call for applicants. Find more details about this in the FAQ.

Selection standards

Additionally, you must provide the following paperwork, since it will be utilised by the Joint Admission Committee of the EMHRPP to rank applicants:

  • Official English-language transcripts of documents;
  • Please use the designated form shown below to submit a well-structured, English-language motivation letter;
  • CV (curriculum vitae)
  • Plus two letters of support

See the application checklist for further information on this.

Template for Motivation Letter


Setlinn had a Twitter space where the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship was discussed with Nduta Wambura, the Kenya Country Rep for Erasmus Mundus. She answered lots of disturbing questions and shared insights on how to apply. You can listen to the recording if you want.

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