Saturday, October 16, 2010

Erasmus Mundus AFEPA Scholarships


The European Master in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Policy Analysis aims at providing a high quality education in designing and assessing public policies targeted to the agricultural and food sector as well as the rural environment. This European Master responds to the increasing need to better understand and anticipate the various and often complex socio-economic and environmental effects of these policies either in a functioning market economy as in the European Union or in economies in a development or transition phase. The European Master offers a two-year academic curriculum with integrated and advanced theoretical, methodological and empirical courses in economics and quantitative methods as well as in agricultural, food and environmental sciences, agricultural and trade policy, environmental and natural resource policy, rural development policy and agribusiness management and market analysis. To connect theory and methodology to practice, a problem solving project is developed and presented as a master thesis at the end of the two-year curriculum.

The European Master is jointly organised by five leading European educational and research institutions: the Corvinius University of Budapest (CUB) in Hungary, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Sweden, the Rheinische-Friedrich-Wilhelms Universität Bonn (UBonn) in Germany, the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Belgium and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) in Spain. These five partner universities are recognised worldwide for the quality of their educational programme and scientific achievements in agricultural, environmental and economic sciences. The required 120 ECTS credit points are structured into three blocks: a minimum of two semesters of studies (55 ECTS) at a first partner university, as well as two semesters of studies (60 ECTS) at a second partner university, and two joint summer schools (5 ECTS) at partner universities. The language of instruction and examination is English for most of the courses in three partner universities while it is either French at UCL or Spanish at UPC for most of the courses. The Master degree is awarded as a double degree from the two home and host universities.

For a non-European applicant, the scholarship amounts to:

a total contribution to travel, installation and any other type of costs € 8,000
a contribution to cover the tuiton fees of the European Master € 3,000 per semester
a monthly allowance € 1,000 per month

For a European applicant, the scholarship amounts to:

a contribution to the tuiton fees of the European Master € 1,500 per semester
a monthly allowance € 500 per month

Admission procedure

To submit an application for the AFEPA programme, please observe the following steps:

1. Fill out the on-line application form (located here), then lock it (please note that after locking the form it cannot be modified anymore) and print the completed form. An example of this on-line application form shows what information and data need to be filled in.

2. Download the reference form (located here) and ask two academic referees to fill it out in English. The referees then have to sign the reference form and save it under the file name ‘RF_CandidateLastName_RefereeLastName.doc’ or ‘RF_CandidateLastName_RefereeLastName.pdf’. They then have to either send it as a scanned version of the original to, or send the original form by regular mail to the address provided below. Make sure that your referees understand what they have to do and provide them with addressed envelopes and postage if necessary. Alternatively, if they chose not to send the form directly, they can hand the envelope back to you, in order to include it with your complete application package (see point 3)

3. Sign the application form (filled out and printed under point 1) and post it together with the following necessary documents:

a certified copy of your passport or identification card
the officially certified copies of the following academic certificates received by you:

school-leaving certificate giving the right of entry to higher education in the candidate’s home country (with individual grades)
all university end-of-year exam certificates (with individual grades)
University diploma or degree certificate indicating the final grade(s) and ranking if available

NB: All certificates must be accompanied by an explanation of the grading system in English. Copies of certificates must be officially certified and submitted preferably on DIN A4 or A5 paper. Copies of documents may be certified as true copies of the originals with a stamp and signature by the university which conferred the degree. Original certificates will not be needed until registration with the AFEPA partner universities.

language certificates as evidence of English proficiency (TOEFL, IELTS, First certificate of English or equivalent, or letter from the university stating that the language of instruction is English)

language certificates as evidence of French (e.g., DELF) and Spanish (e.g., DELE) knowledge if you plan to study at UCL and UPC, respectively, and if French and Spanish are neither your mother tongue nor the language of your past study
a recent photo attached to the paper version of your application form (if you have an electronic version of a photo you can also attach it to the application form on the website before printing)

proofs of work, training or research experience, if related to the AFEPA domain.
the two reference forms in the AFEPA preformatted version from their university from which they received their Bachelor or, eventually, Master degree (see point 2)
To be accepted, the application form and the reference forms have to be written in English in the AFEPA preformatted version. Any incomplete application file will be rejected. Any official document in language different from English, French or Spanish has to be accompanied by a translated version in one of these three languages certified by an official authority.

Please send the signed paper version of the application form with all required documents (thus the results of points 1, 2 and 3) before the specific deadline to the following postal address of the consortium office located at the coordinating institution:

AFEPA European Master Programme
Unité d’économie rurale
Université catholique de Louvain
Place de la Croix du Sud, 2/15
B-1348 Louvain-la-Neuve Belgium

Admission criteria

To be admitted to the European Master in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Policy Analysis candidates need to have a Bachelor degree or an equivalent academic degree of minimum three years of undergraduate study corresponding to 180 ECTS. Students in their final year of their Bachelor degree may be admitted in the Master programme on the condition that their Bachelor degree is awarded before they enrol the programme. All candidates also need to have followed courses in mathematics, statistics and economics as well as agricultural, food and environmental sciences at least at an introductory level. Candidates must agree to complete the academic curriculum in two consecutive academic years and to the terms in the study contract as specified by the AFEPA consortium.

Candidates from English speaking countries must provide an official letter from their university from which they graduated attesting that English is the media of instruction. All other candidates need to provide evidence that they master English at a level corresponding to a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper version), 213 (computer version) or 79 (internet version) or a minimum overall band IELTS score of 6 or with a signal deemed equivalent by the AFEPA consortium. Candidates who choose to study at UCL and UPC also need to prove that their command of French and Spanish, respectively, is sufficient for them to participate in courses at these two institutions. If French and Spanish are neither their mother tongue nor the language of their past study, it is advised that these candidates obtain the B1 threshold level of the Common European Framework of Reference, i.e., they can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. For French, it corresponds to the DELF B level and for Spanish to the DELE “intermedio” level.

Candidates can apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship except those who have already benfited from an Erasmus Mundus Master Course scholarship or are benefiting from another European Community grant while pursuing their Erasmus Mundus master studies.

Selection process

The selection for admission to the European Master in Agricultural, Food and Environmental Policy Analysis and for scholarships of the Erasmus Mundus Programme is based on academic merit, language skills, professional and volunteer experience, expression of motivation, recommendations, and other credentials (reputation of the school of origin, the referees, etc.) to guarantee the selection of high-quality students. Country of origin and gender are additional criteria that could be used to orient the recruitment towards diversity in geographical cover and balance in gender representation.

It is expected that the successful candidates have succeeded their Bachelor degree with an average equivalence of a A score in the ECTS grading scale and be ranked within the ten top percent of their class. Successful candidates also have to have demonstrated a strong interest in agricultural, environmental and economic sciences. Their letter of motivation, the letters of their referees and their extra-curriculum activities will be thoroughly examined for that purpose.


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