Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Erasmus Mundus (SELECT) Scholarships for International Students


The master's programme in Environomical Pathways for Sustainable Energy Systems (SELECT) offers advanced education in the field of sustainable energy systems for the future. SELECT aims at delivering education for high competency and quality engineering skills in the field, including industrial interaction throughout the programme.

Sustainable energy services are one of the key issues for humanity, considering the complete environmental footprint for the services delivered. The SELECT Masters programme starts from the concept basic renewable energy sources (sun, geothermal and moon driven tides) to establish the environomical pathways towards a future sustainable energy system. The SELECT curriculum emphasises the thermodynamic tools of exergy and thermoeconomic analysis for training the future energy engineers in advanced well-to-wheel analysis. Sustainability analysis and problem solving, as well as effective knowledge-driven decision making in complex energy systems, are integrated in the curriculum.

Students graduating from the SELECT programme will have gained experience in the following topics:

- Training in multidisciplinary problem analysis and solving.
- Advanced team building in a multinational setting, along with stimulating international experience.
- A novel and multidimensional way of learning involving real and virtual classrooms
- Close collaboration with industry during thesis work.
- A unique network of fellow students, SELECT alumni and industry specialists in the field of sustainable energy.

Partner universities

The SELECT master's programme is, as of September 2011, an enlarged cooperation between:

  • the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden (KTH),
  • Politecnico di Torino (PoliTo),
  • Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands (TUE),
  • Technical University of Catalonian Spain (UPC),
  • Aalto University School of Science and Technology in Finland (Aalto),
  • AGH University of Science and Technology in Poland (AGH)
  • Instituto Superior Técnico in Portugal (IST)

SELECT is also recognized as an InnoEnergy in Sustainable Energy Engineering. It is a two-year Master's programme including compulsory mobility for the students.

SELECT is powered by scholarships opportunities from Erasmus Mundus, as well as the EIT KIC InnoEnergy. Students from all over the world are welcome to apply.

Admission requirements for SELECT

To qualify for the SELECT programme applicants need to fulfill the admission requirements based on previous studies, English proficiency and documentation. Please note that the admission requirements can vary for each Erasmus Mundus Master’s Programme.

1. Previous studies: A completed Bachelor's degree

Applicants must have completed a Bachelor’s degree in Physics, Chemistry or Engineering (e.g. Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering or Electrical Engineering) encompassing a minimum of 180 ECTS credits or equivalent academic qualifications from an internationally recognized university. Applicants must furthermore have taken at least 10 ECTS credits in the area of thermal science (e.g. fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, heat transfer). The average grade must be at least 75% of the scale maximum.

Conditional acceptance
Students in their final year of undergraduate education may also apply and if qualified, receive a conditional offer. If you have not completed your studies, please include a written statement from the degree administration office (or equivalent department), confirming that you are enrolled on the final year of your education and giving your expected completion date. If you receive a conditional offer, you should present your degree certificate to the Admissions Office before enrollment at the latest. Applicants following longer technical programmes and who have completed courses equivalent to an amount of 180 ECTS, will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

2. Language requirements: Proof of English proficiency

Applicants must provide proof of their English language proficiency, which is most commonly established through an internationally recognized test.

A minimum overall mark of 6.5 is required, with no section lower than 5.5 (only Academic Training accepted). IELTS-tests are verified online by KTH admissions office, sending a photocopy of your test together with your application documents is therefore sufficient.

English test results from TOEFL should be sent directly from the ETS test centre to KTH Admissions Office (institution code 7966, department code 99). Examinee score reports or photocopies are not accepted. Please also note that neither TOEIC nor institutional TOEFL are accepted as sufficient proof of English proficiency.

The following TOEFL test scores are accepted as a minimum:
Paper-based test: total result of 580 (written test, grade 4,5)
Internet-based test: total result of 92 (written test, grade 22)

University of Cambridge/ University of Oxford Certificates
Certificate in Advanced English (minimum grade C).
Certificate of Proficiency (minimum grade C).
Diploma of English Studies (minimum grade C).

English proficiency tests are waived for the following:

  • Applicants who have completed a higher education degree instructed in English at a university or a university of applied sciences in an EU/EEA country. The official language of the degree programme has to be stated in the degree certificate or its supplement, or in the transcript of records. Other documentation regarding language of instruction will not be accepted.
  • Applicants who have completed a degree instructed in English at a university that is physically located in one of the following countries: USA, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand.

3. Documentation

Note that all applicants - regardless of prior applications - need to submit a complete application package consisting of the following documents before the application deadline. Please read the admission requirements and application instructions before sending your documents.

  1. A signed cover sheet (generated from the web-based application)
  2. A correctly certified copy of your Bachelor’s degree in original language and translated into English. (Read more about conditional acceptance in case of ongoing studies).
  3. A correctly certified copy of your transcript of records in original language and translated into English. All courses taken must be included.
  4. Proof of English proficiency.
  5. A Curriculum vitae including details on your academic career.
  6. A letter of motivation.
  7. A copy of your passport or some other kind of identification in English.
  8. Two letters of recommendation from professors of the most recently attended higher institution or from recent employers if relevant.

For directions on how to prepare your Curriculum vitae, motivation letter and letters of recommendation please read the document instructions for SELECT (pdf 89 kB) .

Erasmus Mundus Scholarships

The EACEA (the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency) awards 7 to 9 category A scholarships and 7 to 9 category B scholarships per Erasmus Mundus Master's programme. Candidates who apply for an Erasmus Mundus Master Programme are considered for a scholarship nomination for this specific programme.

Category A scholarships can be awarded to applicants from non-EU member states (with exception of Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland) that have not resided in a EU member state or in Norway, Liechtenstein or Iceland, for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years (by 28 February of the year of enrollment).

The category A scholarship includes:

  • Participation costs (including insurance coverage): € 8000 per year
  • Monthly allowance: € 1000 per month
  • Travel and installation costs: € 8000 for a 2 year programme

Category B scholarships can be awarded to applicants from EU-member states and to applicants from Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland.

The category B scholarship includes:

  • Participation costs (including insurance coverage): € 4000 per year
  • Monthly allowance: € 500 per month
  • Travel and installation costs - only if the Erasmus Mundus Master's programme includes a mobility period to a Third-Country partner: € 3000

Application instructions

An application consists of five steps. Please read the admission requirements and application instructions before sending your documents.

Step 1. Create a user account

Create a user account at the webpage of University studies in Sweden. A user account can be created in advance, before making your actual application. If you already have a user account, please use the existing one and do not create a new one.

Step 2. Make a web-based application

Once you have created a user account you can apply to the Erasmus Mundus programmes coordinated by KTH in accordance with the application deadlines.

Click Add courses to add the programme of your interest. Then click To application to create an application in your name. In case you have selected more than one programme (you can apply to maximum two Erasmus Mundus Master’s programmes coordinated by KTH in this application round), the next step will be to rank the selected programmes in order of preference. Then mark the box for supporting documents and submit your application.

Note that the Erasmus Mundus Master’s programmes are exempted from charging an application fee.

Step 3. Print the cover sheet

After submitting the web-based application form you will be able to access the cover sheet which should be sent with your supporting documents. This cover sheet should be printed and signed. If you cannot do this straight away, you will be able to access and print it later on by logging on to your account . The cover sheet contains your personal data and is essential for matching the actual documents with your online application. Applicants with a Swedish civic registration number do not have access to a cover sheet. Instead they should write their civic registration number on any documentation they submit to University Studies in Sweden.

Step 4. Send your application documents

Your application should consist of the signed cover sheet along with all the required documents (correctly certified) regardless of prior applications. Documents required may vary from programme to programme, it is therefore important that you read the document descriptions carefully. Send your application package to the address given on the cover sheet:

University Studies in Sweden
FE 1
SE-833 83Stroemsund

Once your documents have been received by University Studies in Sweden you will be notified by email when your documents have been scanned and matched with your application.

Step 5. Fill out the complementary information form

As a final step we will ask you to fill out the online Erasmus Mundus Complementary Information form. You will receive an e-mail with a link to the online form when you have sent in your documents. Note that your application will not be complete without the complementary form, so look out for this message.

Throughout the process you will be able to follow your application and receive messages by logging on to your account .

Application deadline: 30 November


Torsten Fransson
Royal Institute of Technology
Brinellvagen 68
10044 STOCKHOLM - Sweden

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