Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Erasmus Mundus (DOC NOMADS) Scholarships


The DOC NOMADS European Master Course is a 2-year-long (120 ECTS) documentary film making course taught in English and delivered by three European Universities: Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias of Lisbon, Hogeschool Sint-Lukas of Brussels and the consortium leader University of Theatre and Film of Budapest.

The Consortium enjoys the backing of 17 associated members: national and European TV and production companies, professional associations, documentary umbrella organizations, European, African, Far-Eastern, Russian, North- and South-American Universities are there to improve the quality of the DOC NOMADS EMMC.

DOC NOMADS aims at developing students’ basic skills in technics, fieldwork and writing, as well as their creative filmmaking and managing skills in an international production environment within the framework of a truly integrated training that marry traditional European art education and modern studies based on the film, media and new media industry’s requirements.

The basic underlying idea is that the students are immersed into different cultures and social environments which makes them more sensitive to different documentary practices, ways of communication enhancing their capabilities to work outside their own cultural contexts, therefore mobility from Lisbon to Brussels via Budapest is compulsory for all students.

The students of this itinerant school explore, via the best Portuguese, Hungarian, Belgian, European and international masterpieces, the history and the new forms of documentary, as well as its outstanding representantives, most of whom are involved in the Master Course. It is a practice-based training: a particular attention is given to fieldwork and practical courses that deepen the students’ theoretical knowledge and encourage them to define their own style. Building on the cultural diversity, DOC NOMADS offers students an excellent opportunity for establishing international cooperation and networks that helps them to achieve personal success. It is also likely to develop the documentary genre and improve the quality of European contents.

DOC NOMADS is open to European and Third Country students with a BA degree in Motion Picture or Media Studies; other degrees are accepted for applicants with a convincing portfolio. In order to guarantee a high-quality individual training, small group tuition is offered. The tuition fee, including full medical cover, is 4,000 € per semester both for European and Third Country students.

The upcoming NOMADS are awarded with a multiple degree and a diploma supplement. Their nationally and internationally distributed diplomaworks enable them to explore the boundaries of documentary while taking up an academic career at PhD/DLA level or making a successful debut in the profession inside or outside Europe.

Partner Universities

University of Drama and Theatre, Hungary (Co-ordinating institution)
Sint-Lukas Brussels University College, Belgium
Lusophone University of Humanities and Technology, Portugal

Admission Requirements


CV (according to the downloadable Europass model), a motivation letter, certified copies of previous degrees and English language certificate, two references (according to the downloadable form), copy of passport or ID card and a passport-size photo. Detailed information on language and academic requirements will be provided on the website. On top of the above mentioned documents, two films recorded on a DVD must be submitted in the application package. One of them has to be a film (or part of it) that was previously made by the applicant. The other one must be a short (3 to 5 minutes-long) film entitled „My world”.


DOC NOMADS Academic Board will have the decision on who will be awarded with a scholarship, based on applicants curriculum and academic background, not on their social condition (in accordance with the requirements of Erasmus Mundus Program).

Only applications received throught the online platform will be taken in account, on wich the candidate must indicate if he wishes to apply for a scholarship and/or if they wish to participate on the course by paying their studies on their own (in case they will not receive a scholarship).
The Academic Board of the DOC NOMADS Consortium will decide on admissions and scholarships by 28th February. The rejected applicants will be informed by 10th March. The accepted applicants will be informed after confirmation with EACEA, by no later than 15th May.
DOC NOMADS EMMC provides scholarships for the students of the first edition (2012-2014) in different categories as follows:

  • 9 scholarships for the students Category A
  • 7 scholarships for the students Category B
  • 3 additional scholarships should be made available for:
  • Students from the "Western Balkans and Turkey"
  • Students from "Tunisia and Egypt"
  • 3 Students from the "Eastern Neighbourhood Countries" (i.e. Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine)


– Only candidates who have applied to and have been accepted by an EMMC consortium in accordance with its specific students' application and selection criteria, are eligible for a scholarship.

– Students can apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship to the Erasmus Mundus Action 1 joint programme (EMMC) of their choice but the number of applications must be limited to maximum three different joint programmes (EMMC and EMJD together).
– Each project may give rise to the award of only one EU grant to any student for the same joint course over the length of the course concerned.
– In order to make the programme more attractive for third-country nationals, the amount of the full-study scholarship will be higher for third-country masters students (Category A scholarships) than for European masters students (Category B scholarships). More specifically:
Category A scholarships can be awarded to third-country masters students selected by EMMC consortia who come from a country other than a European country and who are not residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, training or work) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in one of these countries.
Category B scholarships can be awarded to European masters students selected by EMMC consortia as well as to any masters students selected by EMMC consortia who do not fulfil the Category A criteria defined above.

Students fulfilling the eligibility criteria for both Category A and B – e.g. students with a double nationality – must select the Category of their choice. As a result, they are entitled to apply only to one of the two categories of scholarship at a time.
– Scholarship candidates must have already obtained a first higher education degree or demonstrate a recognised equivalent level of learning according to national legislation and practices.
– Individuals who have already benefited from an EMMC scholarship are not eligible for a second scholarship in order to follow the same or another EMMC.
– Students benefiting from an EMMC scholarship cannot benefit from another EU grant while pursuing their Erasmus Mundus masters studies.
– EMMC students scholarships are awarded exclusively for a full-time enrolment in one of the course editions.

Scholarships TableCategory A (non EU)Category B (EU)
Contribution to travel, installation and any other type of costs€ 4 000 for a one-year EMMCs;
€ 8 000 for courses longer than one year
€ 3 000 - only if the EMMC includes a mobility period to a third country full/associated partner
Maximum contribution to the EMMC participation costs (including insurance coverage)€ 4 000 / semester€ 2 000 / semester
Monthly allowance€ 1 000 / month€ 500 / month

Online Application

DOC NOMADS Erasmus Mundus Master Course - First Edition 2012-2014

DEADLINE : 15/01/2012

Submit application form

Candidates must fill the online Application Form provided bellow.

Some requirements are needed as:

  1. Application e-form (including CV, motivation letter and expectation form) Here you can upload a photo of yourself and insert the links of your two films. Motivation letter/Expectation form.
  2. Certified copies of any previous BA-degree
    (OR in case of on-going studies: an official school certificate that your BA Degree is due in the summer of 2012)
Diploma requirements

Authorised, stamped or certified copies of your previous degree(s):

Depending on the country of origin of the awarded diploma or certificates, there are various methods of authorisation. The attached document "list of authorisation procedures by country" describes how the authorisation should be carried out.

The applicant can certify their BA-degree in the Belgian or Portuguese or Hungarian Embassy in their country.

  1. Certified copies of English language certificate (requirement: good spoken and written English)
English proficiency certificates

the minimum required level is B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference.

Students can prove their proficiency by the following means:

  • Obtaining the minimum required level in one of the following internationally recognized certificates:
    • IELTS 6.5
    • TOEFL iBT 79 or CBT 213 or PBT 550
    • TOEIC Listening 490 + Reading 455 + Speaking 200 + Writing 200
    • SAT Reasoning Test Critical Reading 500 + Writing 500
    • ACT English 20 + Reading 20
    • Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) grade A, B or C
    • Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) grade A, B or C
  • Obtaining an English-language higher educational diploma at an institute of higher education in one of the Inner Circle countries: United Kingdom, United States of America, New Zealand, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), Ireland, Caribbean Islands and South Africa,
  • Obtaining an English-language diploma at an institute of higher education and a presenting a convincing application to allow for an exception to be made.
  • The assessment board, which carries out admission interviews can exempt applicants from the above-mentioned language conditions, provided that at least one member of the assessment board is a native English speaker.
  1. One good quality digital photo,
  2. Copy of passport or ID with validity end date (DOC NOMADS consortium highly recommends that the validity end date be 31 August 2014 or later.)
  3. A 9 -minute part from a film which was made previously by the applicant, with English subtitles.
  4. "My personal vision about my – external or internal - world"- a new film made by the applicant with English subtitles, with a maximum of 3 minutes. (Do not use any additional music or special effects. Only original sound will be accepted. The film-maker must appear in their own movie for at least one minute!)

The first selection of applications will take place by 30th January.

The best applicants will be invited to personal interviews via Skype video system between 15-16-17 February 2012. They will be informed about the exact time of their appointment by 5th February via e-mail.

The Academic Board of the DOC NOMADS Consortium will decide on admissions and scholarships by 28th February. The rejected applicants will be informed by 10th March. The accepted applicants will be informed after confirmation with EACEA, no later than 15th May.


Ms. Erika Winkler
Film and Television Department
Vas utca , 2/C
HU - H-1088 Budapest

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