Erasmus Mundus AgTraIn PhD Fellowships for International Students, 2015 

Erasmus Mundus AgTraIn PhD Fellowships for International Students , and applications are submitted till 1 November, 2014. Applications are invited for AgTraIn PhD fellowships available to doctoral candidates from all countries for research on agricultural transformation within the scientific fields of the programme. Every year approximately 8-10 fellowships will be available for a period of three years. There are two types of fellowships: Category A and Category B. Eligible candidates should hold a M.Sc. degree in a relevant field and have relevant professional experience within his/her area of expertise. Full details:

School(Institutions/ Country): |  Denmark, Italy, Ireland, Spain, France and Netherlands (If the topic involves an associated partner in a third country and the fellow must go there for training/research/fieldwork, for Category A fellows this country must be different from their country of origin. Note that if you are a Category B fellowship holder the two universities you are enrolled at must be located in countries different from the country in which you obtained your last university degree).

Level: Fellowships are available to pursue PhD Programme at two of the six European university partners in AGTRAIN (University of Copenhagen, Denmark, University of Catania, Italy, University of Cork, Ireland, Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain, Monpellier SupAgro, France, and Wageningen University, The Netherlands).

Field(s): Fellowships are awarded for AgTraIn (Agricultural Transformation by Innovation) programme i.e. for research on agricultural transformation within the scientific fields of the programme.

Deadline: 1 November, 2014.

Funded By: Erasmus Mundus (European Commission)

Beneficiaries(Target Groups): Erasmus Mundus AgTraIn PhD Fellowships aretargeted for Students of all nationalities

Benefits(Value/ Inclusions):

Award No: Every year approximately 8-10 fellowships will be available.

Scholarship Duration: Fellowships are awarded for duration of three year.

Scholarship covers: Category A and B fellowships are identical except that the first are eligible to receive 7500 EUR to cover travel and installation costs (received in two installments), whereas Category B fellowships include 3000 EUR to cover travel and installation costs when the fellowship holder visits an associate partner outside Europe. Both fellowships also include operational funds (participation costs,insurance coverage, etc.) of 21600. Fellows will get salary of 100800.


‣ The main objective of the AgTraIn programme is to develop an elite European school within the topic of successful development and transformation of farming systems in the developing world. 

‣ Thematically, the AgTraIn programme deals with agricultural production chains, the natural resource base and the involved communities.

‣ The scope of AgTraIn will range from the technical aspects of agricultural production, over post-harvest management, processing and value-addition, to market access and commercialisation.

A key feature of the Erasmus Mundus AgTraIn PhD Fellowships programme is the involvement of key stakeholders in identifying research questions and participating in project formulation. The emphasis is on applied research.


Requirements for Erasmus Mundus AgTraIn PhD Fellowships ...

Category A fellowships can be awarded to doctoral candidates from all countries other than the 28 EU member states and the EEA-EFTA states (Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Lichtenstein). Please note that a special geographical window fellowship for Western Balkan and Turkey (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey), may be offered. However, candidates eligible for such a fellowship should initially apply as a category A applicant.

‣ A geographical window fellowship will follow the same terms as a category A fellowship. 12 month rule: In order to be eligible for a category A fellowship, the doctoral candidate must not be a 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 the 28 EU member states or EEA-EFTA countries (Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Lichtenstein). 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 fulfill the Category A criteria defined above. Please note:

‣ The fellowships are awarded exclusively for full-time enrollment

‣ Third-Country doctoral candidates, who have previously received an Erasmus Mundus masters scholarship, can be awarded a Category A fellowship

‣ Doctoral candidates benefiting for an EMJD fellowship cannot benefit from other Community grants while carrying out their Erasmus Mundus doctoral activities

‣ For Category B fellowship holders, the AgTraIn universities in the mobility track must not be located in the country in which the doctoral candidate has obtained his/her last university degree

Selection Criteria for Erasmus Mundus AgTraIn PhD Fellowships

‣ Eligible applications are evaluated by the AgTraIn Assessment Committee according to the following criteria: Academic potential as indicated by:

  • a very good second university degree (Msc degree)
  • a research synopsis that closely relates to one of the research topics announced in the call
  • insight and interest in the subject
  • documented research achievements, e.g. publications in international journals with peer review.
  • English proficiency (min. score: IELTS: 7.0, TOEFL: PBT: 600/iBT: 100, or documentation that MA/MSc was completed with English as only medium of instruction)
-Academic references


‣ You will be informed by email in December if you are shortlisted. After this, you will be put in direct contact with your potential supervisors, who will assist you in developing a full project proposal.

Scholarship Application Method

‣ Applications must be submitted through the online application platform.

‣ Scholarship Applications are due on 1 November, 2014

‣ Application forms and guidelines can be download from the official website

‣ It is important to read the application procedure, and visit the official websites (link found below) for detailed information on how to apply for this scholarship.

For more Information about Erasmus Mundus AgTraIn PhD Fellowships


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