Thursday, December 29, 2011

Erasmus Mundus (ICE PhD) Scholarships


The Joint Doctoral Programme in Interactive and Cognitive Environments offers PhD candidates an education programme in the field of research related to computer science, electronic and telecommunication engineering and industrial design.

Eligible Candidates

Candidates must hold a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree or equivalent title and in-depth knowledge and understanding of the principles of ICT engineering. ICE aims at developing and enhancing master students’ knowledge and skills in order to shape a new generation of professionals able to exploit (and further enhance) cutting-edge ICT technologies to design and implement - in multi-disciplinary work teams - innovative solutions in the ever more pervasive fields of application.

The programme has three major focuses, that will be iteratively pursued during the whole progress of the candidate’s track. The former concerns the acquisition and the formalization of knowledge in specific advanced domains, achieved through lectures and seminars. The second aims at keeping PhD students in strict touch with leading research groups that have proven experiences in research activities in basic disciplines necessary for the PhD course in the five partner universities. The latter involves actual industry/academy joint research activities on projects in cooperation with leading ICT companies, typically under international institutional umbrellas, such as the European Research Frameworks.

The Programme lasts three years. During this period a mobility scheme ensures that students will spend training / research periods in at least two different higher education institutions.

The language of instruction is English. Local language learning and integration in the society will be promoted through ad-hoc courses and university staff support.

Partner Universities

Università degli Studi di Genova – UNIGE
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven – TU/e
Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya – UPC
Universitaet Klagenfurt – UNI-KLU
Queen Mary, University of London – QMUL

8 PhD positions - Erasmus Mundus Doctorate in Interactive and Cognitive Environments (ICE)
Research areas of interest:
  • Assistive technologies: Human-Computer Interaction, Pervasive Computing, Multimedia systems & simulation environments;
  • Network-embedded systems: Pervasive Computing, Distributed Mobile systems, Multimedia Networks;
  • People-inspired technologies: Human Computer Interaction, Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Systems, Data Mining;
  • Design for social interaction: Adaptive systems, Autonomous systems, Aware environments;
  • Multi-sensor surveillance: Cognitive Data Fusion, Machine Learning, Digital Signal Processing.

Gross salary as employment contract
x month
Laboratory-based activity contribution
x month
Travel subsistence
x grant
Category A2.800 €600 €7.500 €
Category B2.800 €600 €-

Doctoral Candidate Agreement (a model is available here) will be signed with Erasmus Mundus granted Students in which monthly payments are specified (12 installments of € 2.800 each as employment contract (gross salary) and of € 600 as fixed contribution for laboratory-based course) together with the lump sum (€ 7.500) for traveling expenses (only to Category A students).
The gross amount is not intended as an employee gross but as an employer gross. Therefore, each university, according to each national legislation,will deduct from the monthly amount both the employer's taxes and the employee's taxes. In average, an equivalent net salary will be guaranteed to all PhD candidates.
The expected average net salary will be around € 1.500 per month.
Each year a variable number of fellowships will be offered according to the grants provided by Erasmus Mundus.

Application Form

The ICE PhD Application Form is now available on-line.
Applicants have to register here. After successfully registering, login and start your application following the link in the block "Application form" in upper-left side of the page.
Please read carefully the call for application and in particular Article 2 and Article 3 concerning conditions and requirements for application to EMJD ICE PhD.
All the information and personal data provided will be sent to the Agency (EACEA) and may be used by other bodies involved in the management of Erasmus Mundus (i.e. European Commission, Erasmus Mundus National Structures, EU Delegations, Erasmus Mundus Student and Alumni Association) for facilitating the doctoral candidate access to the joint programme.
A brief outline of application rules in provided in the following.
Instructions for applicants:
A maximum of 3 (three) applications to different EMJDS is allowed.
The Application Form has to be filled in all sections.
Please write in indicated boxes and provide all the requested documents.
Application forms not properly filled or missing one or more file in attachment will not be considered for evaluation by ICE Consortium.
A 2nd Cycle academic degree, for an overall duration of at least 5 years, must have been completed at the expiry time of this call for application or must be achieved by at least July 31st, 2012.
Non-native English speaker candidates not entitled with a recognized international English test Certificate (e.g. ELTS min: 6.5; TOEFL min: 220 CBT, 550 PBT, 80 iBT; TOEIC min: 780) will be directly excluded.
EMJD ICE consortium considers the countries listed here as countries of native speakers. The candidates coming from these countries are not required to attach any other evidence of English proficiency.
In addition, candidates coming from any other country may be considered as native English speakers, if they have completed a Master's program in a native English speaking country listed here (attachment of Thesis is required).
Also, candidates who have followed a degree programme fully taught in English in any other country, will be considered as native English speakers in case of submission of two mandatory documents: (1) an official certificate of the awarding university duly signed by a university representative stating that the official teaching language is English, and (2) the Master thesis written in English.
All other candidates are required to attach English test certificate.
Each applicants must attach a self-certifying statement concerning the truthfulness of the statements given and the authenticity of the documents attached to the application. This statement must be submitted using the form available here, which must be printed out, filled in and signed by the person concerned and attached by means of the online procedure.
All attached files must be either in pdf or jpeg format.
ICE Consortium rejects any responsibility in case of submission of applications attaching files with different formats.
The deadline for applicants is 15 January 2012.

Applicants who will express their intention of participating also or only to additional granted places selection will be informed via e-mail of the result of their application twice.
After the successful completion of the application procedure, applicants will receive a confirmation e-mail, in which there is a link for confirming definitively the application form. In case the applicant will not receive any communication concerning the receipt of the application within 7 days he/she is asked to contact ICE coordinating team at
Warning: applicant must confirm application form by clicking the  link in the confirmation e-mail!

  • EACEA Erasmus Mundus Grants call for application expiry date:
15 January 2012 at 12 AM CET
  • Additional Erasmus Mundus Grants call for application expiry date:
21 September 2012 at 12 AM CET


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