Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Erasmus Mundus (MEDfOR) Scholarships


MEDfOR - Mediterranean Forestry and Natural Resources Management is a two-year world-class Erasmus Mundus Master Course Programme that answers a call for a coordinated approach throughout the Mediterranean basin to develop reliable information and tools - based on sound science and a multidisciplinary approach, in order to improve Mediterranean forestry and natural resources management and policy-making.

The MEDfOR emphasis is on educating the leaders of the future generation of engineers, managers, researchers, and teachers involved in Mediterranean forestry and natural resources management. MEDfOR equips students with a solid scientific habilitation and the competences for careers in innovative fields of work within the Mediterranean forestry supply chain. It will both provide the basis needed for students to pursue academic opportunities (e.g. PhD program) and the qualifications needed to fill positions in all Mediterranean forestry supply chain segments (e.g. forestry and natural resources organizations, either public or private, either national or international).

The MEDfOR Consortium and Consultation panel

MEDfOR is organized by a Consortium that includes seven globally top ranked universities with complementary expertise to address the Mediterranean forestry supply chain key challenges:

- Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal
- University of Padova, Italy
- University of Lleida, Spain
- University of Valladolid, Spain
- Karadeniz Technical University, Turkey
- University of Tuscia, Italy
- Catholic University of Portugal, Portugal

The MEDfOR Consortium is supported by a consultation panel that includes leading international research and outreach organizations in all scientific areas of interest to Mediterranean forestry and natural resources management. The six associated partners are: European Forest Institute Mediterranean regional office (EFIMED), Spain, Ecole Nationale Forestière d'Ingénieur (ENFI), Morocco, Institut National de Recherche en Génie Rural, Eaux et Forets (INRGREF), Tunisia, Forest Technology Center of Catalonia (CTFC), Spain, Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) - Unité de Recherche Ecologie des Forêts Méditerranéennes, France, and the International Centre of Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) - Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Chania (Greece).

The consultation panel is coordinated by EFIMED and in order to enhance and strengthen the interaction of MEDfOR with stakeholders and the Mediterranean forest community it further includes key stakeholders such as the Mediterranean Forest Owners Association (arcMED), the World Wildlife Fund Mediterranean Office (WWFMed), the Association Internationale Forêt Méditerranéenne (AIFM) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

How to apply

The MEDfOR Masters Course is open to non-EU and EU students.

Admission criteria

The MEDfOR Consortium has developed a common set of admission criteria as well as joint application procedures. The MEDfOR Commission carries out the selection of students, where all partner universities are represented.

Admission requires:

- A good first university degree
- High proficiency in English ( all students will have to document English proficiency. We accept either IELTS (6.0) or TOEFL tests (min. 560 in paper-based test or IBT 83). If you are a native speaker of English or have completed your BSc degree in English, no formal test is required.
- Strong personal statement of motivation
- Good recommendations from two references, of which at least one is academic
- CV

Student Scholarships

Every year approx. 17-20 Erasmus Mundus scholarships are available.

Category A Scholarships for Third-country nationals - TOTAL € 48,000

These scholarships can be awarded to masters students from all countries other than the 27 EU member states and EEA/EFTA states: Iceland, Lichtenstein and Norway. Furthermore, you must comply with the 12 months rule: You must not be a resident nor have carried out main activity (studies, work etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in one of these countries.

Category B Scholarships for European nationals: TOTAL € 20,000

These scholarships can be awarded to any masters students who do not fullfil the criteria A defined above, i.e nationality requirement and 12 months rule.

Application form for category A and B scholarships

For both categories please note:
1. You must spend your stud period in at least two of the consortium partner countries.
2. If you hold an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship, these two countries must be different from the country in which you obtained your last university degree.
3. The mandatory mobility periods cannot be replaced by virtual mobility, neither can they take place in institutions outside the consortium;

Download application form

Application deadline: 31 Dec 2011

Contact detail

MEDfOR Erasmus Mundus Secretariat
For information on i.e. application procedure, admission, and Erasmus Mundus scholarships please contact the MEDfOR Erasmus Mundus Secretariat at

Postal Address:
MEDfOR Erasmus Mundus Secretariat
School of Agriculture
Technical University of Lisbon
Tapada da Ajuda
1347 - 017 Lisboa

Please quote on your application when applying for this scholarship

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