Saturday, January 14, 2012

Erasmus Mundus (NanoFar) Scholarships


The Erasmus Mundus (NanoFar) programme is a three-year PhD thesis, co-supervised by partners in two different countries and including a one-year mobility period, constitutes the core of the research activities and aims to provide each student with the highest level scientific curriculum, complementary skills and culture.

The training activities of NanoFar will allow the students to benefit fully from the complementarity leading-edge science specialisations of each partner :

- Design of nanomedicine devices,
- Applications of nanomedicine for imaging and radiotherapy,
- Interaction between biological systems and artificial nanostructures,
- Nanomedicine in therapy and regenerative medicine,
- Moving nanomedicine from the laboratory to the clinic.

These topics will be explored at every NanoFar summer school held annually in the partners' countries and completed by top-level thematic courses at each university.

Multidisciplinary core skills acquired during the curriculum will enable the young scientists to master, throughout the programme, the translational and bench-to-bedside approaches relevant to nanomedicine.

Transferable skills, including academic language and writing, career management, communication, research environment and context, are a central component of this PhD.
NanoFar accomodates 10 to 15 new PhD students per year (from EU and third countries). Fair selection and employment opportunities are a priority for the NanoFar consortium.

Partner Universities

University of Angers, France (Co-ordinating institution)
University of Liège, Belgium
Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium
University of Nantes, France
University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
University of Santiago De Compostela, Spain

Nanofar PhD training

NanoFar PhD projects 2012 

Doctoral projects, approved by the Supervisory Board, are proposed by two institutes (named Home and Host institute) representing two different countries of the NanoFar consortium. Each project is supervised by two principal investigators (each one coming from the home and host institutes).

The list below (Projects 1 to 9) describes the PhD projects proposed for the call 2012 (application deadline 4th February 2012, projects starting in September 2012). These projects will be awarded with funding by the Erasmus Mundus Agency. Project 10 will be locally funded.
Candidates are requested to select between one and three projects in their application form (Click on the description link to know the details of each project).

Home Institution/
Principal investigator
Host Institution/
Principal investigator
(link to a PDF file)
New delivery systems for siRNA targeting in glioma
Angers (FR) /
Dr. F. Lagarce
Louvain (BE) /
Pr. V. Préat
3D Biomimetic Matrices to Design In Vitro Stem Cell Niches
Nantes (FR) / Pr. P. Weiss
Nottingham (UK) /
Pr. K. Shakesheff
Lymphonanocarriers for the treatment of metastatic cancer
Santiago de Compostella (SP) / Dr. D. Torres
Angers (FR) /
Pr. J.P. Benoit
New oral nanomedicines: transporting therapeutic macromolecules across the intestinal barrier
Santiago de Compostella (SP) / M.J. Alonso
Louvain (BE) /
Pr. V. Préat
Development of miRNA-mimics nanoparticles for the treatment of brain tumours
Nottingham (UK) /
Dr Martin Garnett
Angers (FR) /
Dr. E. Garcion
Bioresponsive drug delivery systems
Nottingham (UK) /
Pr. C. Alexander
Liège (BE)/
Pr. C. Jérôme
Design of nanosized and/or structured biopolymers via the supercritical carbon dioxide technology for use in regenerative medicine
Liège (BE)/ Pr. C. Jérôme
Angers (FR) /
Pr. F. Boury
Pulmonary delivery of novel paclitaxel formulations for improved therapy of lung cancer
Louvain (BE) /
Dr. R. Vanbever
Nottingham (UK) /
C. Bosquillon
Multifunctional Dendrimers as Modular Platforms for the Development of New Generation Microbicides
Santiago de Compostela (SP) / Eduardo Fernández Meglia
Nottingham (UK) Francisco Fernández-Trillo and Jonathan Aylott
Alpha and beta emitters nanomedicines for vectorised radiotherapy in the treatment of cancer (glioma, hepatocarcinoma)
Angers and Nantes (FR) / Pr. O. Couturier
Liège (BE) / Pr. R. Huxtin

1. Admission criteria
-       Candidates must hold a 2nd Level Master Degree (300 ECTS credits) or a Single-Cycle Degree (minimum 300 ECTS credits) in Nanomedecine, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Medical Sciences, Physico-Chemistry, Applied Biology, Chemical Engineering or Bio-Engineering, or a equivalent degree in a pertinent field, awarded by a College, University or Technical School with recognized standing.
-       Candidates are required to provide all appropriate information supporting their ability to apply and complete a doctoral programme: academic record, professional experience and qualification, motivation letter and letters of recommendation.
-       Candidates are required to demonstrate their proficiency in English, either by proving that some of their previous studies were successfully completed in English, or by submitting the results of a recognized language proficiency test (IELTS with minimum score of 6 with no less than 5.5 in any element (i.e. reading, writing, listening and speaking), or equivalent tests to level B2 or higher).
2. Application procedure
Students interested in applying have to complete the NanoFar Application Form including all required documents listed below:
-       Detailed Curriculum Vitae in English, specifying scientific and professional experiences, academic degrees, publications and special skills. Europass CV template is preferred.
Maximum 3 pages.
-       Copy of international passport (preferably) or identification card.
-       Certified copy of academic degree(s) in original languages and translated in English, stating the transcript of records, final classification obtained or the intermediate results for on-going courses. Certified copies of official transcripts (mark sheets) of academic courses attended to obtain each degree (Bachelor, Master or equivalent) with translation in English, and correspondent Grade Point Average.
-       Signed Letter of Motivation in English, covering the following aspects: what made the candidate decide to apply to NanoFar Doctorate, which skills and abilities make the applicant a good candidate for NanoFar, motivations to carry out research abroad, professional interests in coming to Europe for education (statement of purpose) must be included in this letter. Maximum 1 page.
-       2 reference letters signed by a university lecturer or an expert in the area of Nanomedicine. Letters must be printed on letterhead and duly signed to be sent in a separate envelope by the persons recommending the candidate, to the following address:
                   NanoFar Consortium
           C/o Frank Boury
           Presidence - University of Angers 
           International Relation Office
          40 rue de Rennes - BP 73532
          49035 Angers cedex 01
       and also send by email to, with as object of the message,  "Name of the Candidate_Name of the Referee" (please follow exactly this template), 
-       Letter of Research Statement, relating the research experience in relation with the project(s) the candidates apply for (Max 1500 words). It will be mentioned the master research project description of the candidate.
-       Official proof of English language proficiency (language test certification or written confirmation from institution that the degree was conducted in English).
-       Any other qualifications relative to the areas of the research dealt with in the course.
-        Applicants with disabilities or special needs may apply, if they wish, for special aids.
-       Applicants who wish to make use of this facility must enclose a medical certificate substantiating the validity of their request with their application form.

3. Selection
The selection committee representing the partner institutes is in charge of the applicant selection. For each Category A and B, a ranked list of candidates will be prepared. The following criteria will be used to rank the candidates:
·         Academic records & training in Nanomedicine (40%)
·         Research experience related to the specific project (30%)
·         Letters of recommendation (20 %)
·         Motivation letter (10%)
·         Reserve criteria: nationality (max. of 2 students with the same nationality)

Erasmus Mundus Scholarships

The Erasmus Mundus programme awardstwo different Erasmus Mundus Doctorate fellowships to doctoral candidates:
-     Category A fellowships can be awarded to doctoral candidates from all countries other than the 27 EU member states, the EEA-EFTA states (Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein).
The doctoral candidate must not be resident nor have carried out her/his main activity (studies, work, etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in one of these countries.
The only exception to this rule applies to third-country candidates who have previously received an Erasmus Mundus masters scholarship in order to follow an EMMC.
-     Category B fellowships can be awarded to any doctorate candidate who do not fulfil the Category A criteria defined above.
The financial conditions are:
Fixed contribution to travel, installation and any other type of costs
€ 7,500
Fixed contribution to doctoral candidate participation costs (education/research related costs, attendance at meetings, conferences etc, insurance, etc.)
€ 600/month
(total: € 21,600 for 36 months)
€ 600/month
(total: € 21,600 for 36 months)
Fixed living allowance (paid on a monthly basis - employment contract for 36 months)
gross salary € 2,800/month
(total: € 100,800 for 36 months)
gross salary € 2,800/month
(total: € 100,800 for 36 months)
What does the Erasmus Mundus scholarship cover?
-         Tuition fees, participation costs (including insurance coverage),
-         Travel cost contribution,
-         Installation cost contribution,
-         Monthly allowance.

1- Please read carefully through the GENERAL AND SPECIFIC CRITERIAS 
Make sure that you have on your possession all the documents requested and listed on the Application procedure. If a document is missing, the consortium will make every effort to contact you and give you a chance to amend your application, but we can only do so prior to the deadline of application. So the earlier you apply the better your chances are of having the application completed on time.
2- Please complete the APPLICATION FORM.
You first have to download the application form.
To open it, you have to used the software Acrobat Reader.
Fill in all the required fields, download your signature at the end of it, and save it.
Please note that you could only complete this document electronically.
3- Please send the application form and the needed documents with the filenames required by e-mail
Please ensure that you use only the following formats: .txt, .doc, .docx, .pdf
4Applicants selection
Based on the selection criteria, the applicants at the top of the selection list are informed by email and then invited to an interview.

Please click here to download the Application form

Important Dates
The deadline for all applications in the Fellowship round is 4th February 2012. No applications for Fellowships will be accepted after this date. Incomplete applications will not be examined.
Selection timetable:
-         Before 15th th February 2012: Notification of ineligible applicants.
-         10th February 2012: Short-listing of candidates complete. All applicants will be notified by email whether they have been selected for interview or not, within two days of this date.
-         Between 10th and 20th February 2012 :  interview of the preselected candidates.
-         Candidates will need to ensure their availability for a skype or equivalent interview on this period. Time slots for interviews will be agreed in advance.
-         After these interviews, successful applicants and reserve applicants will be notified and asked to confirm that they are willing to accept a place on the NanoFar programme. At the same time applicants placed on the reserve list will be notified and asked to confirm that  they are willing to remain on the reserve list. 
-         28th February 2012: Main and reserve lists of candidates submitted to EACEA for approval. Offers of Fellowships cannot be made by the consortium until the list of candidates has been fully approved by the EACEA.
second deadline for non-EM Fellowship applicants may be set after the selection process, should there still be places available on the programme.


Prof. Frank BOURY
Institut de Biologie en Santé PBH-IRIS
Rue Larrey, 4
FR - 49933 ANGERS Cedex 9

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