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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Erasmus Mundus (AREAS) Scholarships

Overview

AREAS is an institution-based mobility and scholarship project organized by a Consortium of some the most prestigious universities in Europe and Asia. AREAS allows you to live an invaluable experience by undertaking a study or research period in Europe. It is open to undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and post-doctoral students and scholars and to academic staff. The project and the scholarships are financed by the European Commission through the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 – Strand 1 programme.

The project is open to students and scholars from the Asian Countries targeted (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, The Philippines, Vietnam) willing to spend a mobility period abroad in Europe for the purpose of studying, teaching, training and research.

You can apply to study and participate in this programme for an enriching experience on both a personal and a professional point of view.

Students and scholars can choose from a wide variety of academic fields at different levels of study (Undergraduate, Master, Doctorate, Post-Doctorate and Staff) at one of the European partner Universities. Scholarships will be given to applicants selected by the Consortium.
The programme finances the expenses engendered by the mobility, including travel costs, subsistence allowances, tuition/registration fees and insurance costs.


AREAS (Academic Relations between Europe and ASia) is an EMA2 project managed by a Consortium of partner Universities including 10 European Universities and 10 Asian Universities and it is coordinated by Politecnico di Torino (Italy).

The project gives students, researchers and staff from the Asian Countries targeted by the project (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, The Philippines, Vietnam) the opportunity to study, do research, training or teaching in Europe for periods of different duration. 98 individuals will be given the chance to broaden their perspective by participating in academic mobility. The project does not provide support for mobility from Europe to Asia, nor among the Asian Countries.
Individuals may apply for mobility of different duration depending on the length of the course or programme offered by the host university. The academic offer  includes exchange as well as full degree programmes.
Detailed information on available courses and their duration is given in the application form for each specific course and university.
Please check the available scholarships before choosing a specific program.
IMPORTANT: All mobilities must begin before 31st December 2012 with the exeption of:
  • 34 months Undergraduate and Doctorate mobilities that must start before the 1st September 2012;
  • Staff mobilities that can start in any time within the project duration and must end within the project eligibility period.  
Target Groups
Target Group
Target Beneficiaries
Types of mobility
TARGET GROUP 1
Students registered in one of the Partner Universities with a minimum of 1 year previous university studies and staff currently enrolled in or employed by one of the Partner Universities. Applicants must be nationals of one of the Asian Countries targeted by the project (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, The Philippines and Vietnam).
undergraduate,
master,
doctorate,
post-doctorate,
staff
TARGET GROUP 2
Nationals of the Asian Countries targeted by the project (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, The Philippines and Vietnam), who are registered in a higher education institution of these countries not included in the Partnership, or who have obtained a university degree or equivalent by an institution of these countries.
master,
doctorate,
post-doctorate
TARGET GROUP 3
Nationals of the Asian Countries targeted by the project (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, The Philippines and Vietnam), who are in particularly vulnerable situations, for political or economic reasons or because of physical disabilities as specified by the EMA 2 Call. The AREAS Consortium identifies the following specific conditions as belonging to vulnerable groups:
- Candidates having a refugee status or asylum beneficiaries (international or according to the national legislation of one of the European recipient countries);
- Candidates belonging to an indigenous population targeted by a specific national policy or IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons)
undergraduate,
master,
doctorate

Scholarships

All applicants having completed the online application form will be evaluated by an academic commission at each host University and the best candidates will be selected for receiving a scholarship. The list of nominated candidates will be approved by the Education Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Commission.
Successful applicants will be awarded a scholarship which will cover a monthly subsistence allowance, travel costs and insurance. Participants will not be required to pay any tuition fees at the host university.
Once candidates have been selected for the program, before they start receiving their scholarship, they will be asked to subscribe a specific agreement concerning their duties and responsibilities.
Payments will be transferred to their bank account in Europe.
Number and duration of available scholarships
Scholarships of different duration are available depending on the applicant's Target Group and level of studies:
Mobilities from Asia to EU

TG1
TG2
TG3
N. mobilities
Duration
(months)
N. mobilities
Duration
(months)
N. mobilities
Duration
(months)
TOTAL
Undergraduates
20
10
2
34
22
Masters
20
6-10
4
22
2
22
26
Doctorate
10
10-18
4
34
2
34
16
Post-Doctorate
10
6-10
4
6
14
Staff
20
1
 20
Total
80
12
6
 98
Subsistence allowance
For the duration of your mobility period you will receive the following monthly subsistence allowance:
Undergraduate
1,000 euro
Master
1,000 euro
PhD
1,500 euro
Post-doc
1,800 euro
Staff
2,500 euro
Travel costs and insurance
Your travel costs will be covered within the total limit of 2,000 – 2,500 euro. These rates are established by the European Commission on the basis of the linear distance between your location of origin and the hosting university premises.
The AREAS Consortium provide a full insurance coverage (health, travel, accident) to all the grant holders participating in the individual mobility activities.
Participation costs
Participants at any level will not be required to pay any fees or compensation (such as tuition and registration fees, additional library, students unions, laboratory consumable costs and language courses costs) to the host universities. Exchange students will continue paying their registration fees at their university of origin.
The tuition fees for students applying for a full degree program will be covered by the project.
The EU financing provides funds for participation costs that will be used by the Consortium to partly compensate the host universities for fees and other costs. 

Partners

  • Politecnico di Torino

    Italy
    Contact Person: Bianca Buttiglione
    e-mail: areas@polito.it
  • City University London

    England
    Contact Person: Ivan Hutchins
    e-mail: Ivan.Hutchins.1@city.ac.uk
  • Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble

    France
    Contact Person: Christelle Grandvallet
    e-mail: christelle.grandvallet@grenoble-inp.fr
  • Royal Institute of Technology

    Sweden
    Contact Person: Jenny Schwerdt
    e-mail: Schwerdt@kth.se
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

    Belgium
    Contact Person: Vicky Wandels
    e-mail: vicky.wandels@int.kuleuven.be
  • Masaryk University

    Czech Republic
    Contact Person: Amal Al Khatib ; Violeta Osouchova
    e-mail: amal@czs.muni.cz; osouchova@czs.muni.cz
  • Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

    Germany
    Contact Person: Netra Bhandari
    e-mail: Netra.bhandari@zvw.uni-goettingen.de
  • Universidade do Minho

    Portugal
    Contact Person: Adriana Lago de Carvalho
    e-mail: adriana@gri.uminho.pt
  • University of Trento

    Italy
    Contact Person: Claudia Tarzariol/Flavia Evandri
    e-mail: programmieuropei@unitn.it
  • Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya

    Spain
    Contact Person: Jacqueline Glarner
    e-mail: Jacqueline.Glarner@upc.edu
  • Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology

    Vietnam
    Contact Person: Dr. Nguyen Danh Thao
    e-mail: ndthao@hcmut.edu.vn
  • Hanoi University of Science and Technology

    Vietnam
    Contact Person: Thai Linh Thu
    e-mail: tlthu@mail.hut.edu.vn
  • National University of Mongolia

    Mongolia
    Contact Person: T.Khishigdulam
    e-mail: int_rel@num.edu.mn
  • National University of Laos

    Laos
    Contact Person: Phouvong PHIMMAKONG
    e-mail: phoovongphim@yahoo.com
  • The Pannasastra University of Cambodia

    Cambodia
    Contact person: Eng Kimsan
    e-mail: engkimsan@puc.edu.kh
  • University of Peradeniya

    Sri Lanka
    Contact Person: Prof. Anoma Abhayaratne
    e-mail: aspa@pdn.ac.lk
  • Thammasat University

    Thailand
    Contact Person: Issara Somdunsatien
    e-mail: usa@tu.ac.th
  • Gadjah Mada University

    Indonesia
    Contact Person: Dr. Rahman Sudiyo
    e-mail: rsudiyo@chemeng.ugm.ac.id
  • Univeristi Kuala Lumpur

    Malaysia
    Contact Person: Jamel Othman
    e-mail: jamel@unikl.edu.my
  • Visayas State University

    The Philippines
    Contact Person: Prof. Victor Asio
    e-mail: vbasio_ph@yahoo.com

Eligibility

In order to be considered for a scholarship, applicants need to meet a set of minimum eligibility criteria. Please verify your eligibility before applying. In case of doubt you can ask for clarifications to your Home University's AREAS coordinator or to the project Coordinator.
Your eligibility will be checked on the basis of the documents that you will provide with your application, such as your CV, a motivation letter, transcripts of records, Degree certificates or other documents to certify the study level needed for the course or programme at the host university. Proficiency in the language of instruction and other documents will be required. For detailed requirements, please see the programme information at the host university you are interested in.
The eligibility status refers to the time when the mobility starts.
Before you apply, you have to identify the target group you belong to and support this with proof of your status.
Mobility flows for students and staff from Europe and between the Asian Countries are not eligible. 
In order to be eligible for applying for the AREAS scholarships:
  1. You must have the nationality of the Asian Countries targeted (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, The Philippines, Vietnam).
  2. You must not have resided nor have carried out your main activity (studies, work, etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in one of the European countries at the moment of the submission of the application.
  3. You must not have already benefited from a scholarship for the same type of mobility under another project under the EMA2-Strand1.
  4. You need to comply with the Target group requirements, please refer to the table on the AREAS section.
Concerning the academic qualifications, you must meet the minimum requirements specified below. You must also have additional academic qualifications if required for the specific course or program you are applying for.
Undergraduate
You are eligible to apply if you hold a Secondary School Diploma. For Target Group 1 students it is also necessary to have completed at least 1 year of undergraduate university studies. Please note that specific courses or programs may have additional requirements.
Master
You are eligible to apply if you have finished your Undergraduate studies or have completed three years of university education. Please study each partner university website concerning the master programmes special requirements
Doctorate
You are eligible to apply if you have completed a Master program or have started your PhD studies already.
Please check the partner universities website concerning the Doctorate programmes special requirements.
Post-Doctorate
Your post-doctorate activity abroad can consist in research, training and/or following highly specialized courses.
You are eligible if you hold a Doctorate degree.
Staff
Staff mobility is open to both academic and administrative Staff of partner universities. The staff exchange constitutes a one-way visitor flow from the Asian Countries targeted (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, The Philippines, Vietnam).
Staff undertaking a period of teaching, training or research in a partner University must:
1. work in or be associated to one of the participating institutions;
2. be fully integrated into the Department or Faculty of the home institution.

Fields of Study

The project offers mobility opportunities in the following study areas grouped according to the standard European Commission codes:
01. Agriculture science
02. Architecture, urban and regional planning
04. Business Studies, Management Sciences
05. Education, Teacher Training
06. Engineering, Technology
07. Geography, Geology
10. Law
12. Medical Sciences
13. Natural Sciences
14. Social Sciences
16. Other Areas of Study

Application

The call for application for the 2011/12 Academic Year will be open November 1st 2011 to January 31st, 2012
Before applying, please read through each section in the menu on the left. Here you can:
- check whether you are eligible for a mobility scholarship;
- browse the available fields of study;
- read detailed instructions for applying;
- check the conditions of candidate selection.
Please note that all communication concerning your application will take place via e-mail. Make sure to have an active and working e-mail address before you proceed.
When you're ready to apply, click the "Apply here" button.

Contacts

Study, research or visiting staff related questions
Please contact the university you are interested in applying to. You can find contact information on the websites of the partner universities.

Application procedure, selection and scholarship related questions
For questions concerning the application procedure, selection, scholarships and issues related to the coordination of the project, please contact:

Bianca Buttiglione (Ms)
E-mail: areas@polito.it
http://www.areas.polito.it



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