Erasmus Mundus Scholarships in Astrophysics for International Students , 2017 


Erasmus Mundus Scholarships in Astrophysics for International Students , and applications are submitted till November 30th, 2016 .Applications are open for AstroMundus masters scholarships in Astronomy and Astrophysics at 5 partner universities; University of Innsbruck, University of Padova, University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, University of Goettingen and University of Belgrade in 4 different countries: Austria, Italy, Germany and Serbia. The programme lasts for two years. Successful students will be awarded a Joint Master Degree by all partner universities they have visited during the Master studies. In addition they will obtain a Diploma Supplement to facilitate the recognition of their degree in other universities/countries. Full details:

School(Institutions/ Country): | Austria, Italy, Germany and Serbia

Level: Master's (Erasmus Mundus Scholarships in Astrophysics are available for pursuing masters study in at least 2 and up to 4 of the partner Universities (University of Innsbruck, Austria, University of Padova and University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Italy, University of Goettingen, Germany and University of Belgrade, Serbia).Upon successful completion of studies, students will be awarded a Joint Master Degree by all partner universities where they studied during the Masters Course.)

Field(s):  AstroMundus offers an excellent educational level in all branches of Astrophysics, as insured by the wide variety of expertise in the field covered by this international partnership. The main topics covered by the Master programme are: Galactic Astrophysics (the Sun and the Solar system, the Milky Way, stellar evolution, the interstellar medium), Extrasolar planets, Extragalactic Astrophysics (galaxies, galaxy evolution, galaxy clusters, intra-cluster medium, star formation), Active Galactic Nuclei (including accretion theory, relativistic jets, modelling), Cosmology (including observational cosmology, galaxy surveys, gravitational lensing, very early universe), Particle Cosmology, Astroparticle Physics, Gravitational waves, Observational astrophysics from the ground and from space and Computational astrophysics (N-body simulations, magneto-hydrodynamic simulations).

Deadline:  November 30th, 2016 .

Funded By: This Erasmus Mundus Scholarships in Astrophysics project has been funded by the European Commission through the Erasmus Mundus Programme

Beneficiaries(Target Groups): Erasmus Mundus Scholarships in Astrophysics aretargeted for students of all nationalities.

Benefits(Value/ Inclusions):

Award No: A number of Erasmus Mundus scholarships are available both for non-European and European students.

Scholarship Duration: The programme lasts for two years.

Scholarship covers:  There are two categories of scholarships:
Category A: They are intended as full scholarships and are reserved to Third Country students. Category A scholarships cover the registration fees (including the insurance), include a contribution to travel, installation and any other type of costs of 8000 €, and a monthly allowance of 1000 €/month for the whole duration of the Masters Course (24 months).
Category B: They are intended as a financial contribution for European students or for students that have carried out their main activity in one of the European or associated countries for more than 12 months during the last 5 years. Category B scholarships cover the registration fees (including the insurance), include a contribution to travel, installation and any other type of costs of 3000 € (this contribution is provided only to students that will have a mobility period at the university of Belgrade), and a monthly allowance of 500 €/month for the whole duration of the Masters Course (24 months).

Description

AstroMundus is a 2-years Erasmus Mundus Masters Course (120 ECTS) in Astronomy and Astrophysics offered by a consortium of 5 partner universities in 4 different countries: Austria, Italy, Germany, and Serbia.

Its main objective is to provide top-ranked students with an excellent background in Astrophysics, to introduce them to the world of modern astrophysical research, and foster their future career in this field.

At the same time, in the spirit of the Erasmus Mundus programmes, we promote cultural exchanges between Third Country and European students and academics.

AstroMundus students carry out their master studies in at least 2 and up to four of these countries, in a stimulating and scientifically excellent international environment.

The official language of the course is English, but students are given the possibility to learn the languages of the host countries by attending language courses at the partner universities.

Successful students will be awarded a Joint Master Degree by all partner universities they have visited during the Master studies.

In addition they will obtain a Diploma Supplement to facilitate the recognition of their degree in other universities/countries.

At the end of each 2-years cycle of the Master Programme the best master thesis of the cycle will be awarded a prize.

Eligibility





Erasmus Mundus Scholarships in Astrophysics is open to students of all nationalities that fulfill these minimum requirements:

‣ Hold a Bachelor degree in Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, or Mathematics (or a recognized Degree that certifies an equivalent amount of learning in the same field, quantified as 3 years of previous studies corresponding to at least 180 credits in the European Credit Transfer System) or

‣ expect to obtain it latest by August of the starting year of the Masters Course (i.e. by August 2014 for the course starting in September 2014);

‣ Have a good and certified knowledge of the English language (the certification is not necessary for native speakers).

‣ All students that come from a country of the European Union or an EEA-EFTA State (Iceland, Norway, and Liechtenstein) or students that either are residents or have carried out their main activity (study, work, etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last 5 years (as of Feb 28th, 2014) in one of these countries can apply for a scholarship in the category “European students” (Category B).

‣ All other students, including students coming from Switzerland, Turkey, and Western Balkan Countries (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo under UNSC Resolution 1244-99, and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia) can apply for a scholarship in the category “Third Country students” (Category A).

‣ Students who fulfill the requirements of both categories (e.g. students with a double nationality) must select one of the two categories!

Selection Criteria for Erasmus Mundus Scholarships in Astrophysics

‣ The admission to the Masters Course and assignment of scholarships are based on excellence.

‣ In particular during the selection process the following points will be carefully considered by the nominated Selection Committee:

  • full academic background incorporating the list of courses followed
  •  testified examination marks/obtained grades
  • language skills
  • individual content in the letter of motivation
  • relevant (astronomy/astrophysics related) extracurricular activities
  • content of the reference letters

Scholarship Application Method

In order to apply, students must submit in electronic form all documents listed below. These documents should be combined together with a hand-signed copy of the application form in a single pdf file, named with applicant´s last and first name and uploaded in the section "Forms". Hand-signed referee forms must be uploaded separately by the referees, in pdf format.

List of required documents

Eligible applicants (see: Who can apply) must provide in electronic form the following documents in English language. For all documents whose originals are not in English language, we require a certified English translation. Scanned copies of the documents are accepted. 

  • Completed and signed Application Form in all its parts, together with a list of all attended courses with credits and brief summary of the course contents, and a letter of motivation (max 1 page). Handwritten application forms cannot be accepted. Please, do not delete any part of the Application Form.
  • Scanned copy of passport.
  • Proof of proficiency in English language. Accepted tests and scores are the following:Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English, minimum "Grade B";Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English;"International English Language Testing System" (IELTS), minimum "Band 6";Paper-based "Test of English as a Foreign Language" (TOEFL) with minimum score 550 points;Computer-based TOEFL with minimum score 220 points;Internet-based TOEFL with minimum score 83 points;UNIcert level "III";C1 according to the Common European Framework (CEF);Test of English as a Foreign Language - Institutional Testing Program (TOEFL – itp), minimum score 550 points.Native English speakers are exempted from providing such a proof. Transcript of TOEFL / IELTS scores or equivalent should have been obtained not more than 2 years before application time. For application purposes students can submit scanned copies of their transcripts. Students that have been selected for admission must ask ETS for sending the TOEFL transcripts directly to the AstroMundus coordinating institution (University of Innsbruck, see full address under "contact" - no institute code is available).
  • Electronic copy of the Bachelor's Degree (with a certified English translation, if the original is not in English language) or a certification with the expected date of the degree.
    Bachelor's Degrees are accepted in either Astronomy, Astrophysics, Physics, or Mathematics or recognized equivalent level of learning in the same field, quantified as 3 years of studies corresponding to 180 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). 
    Since the course will start in Oct. 2017, we request that the students either hold already their Bachelor or they expect to obtain it latest by August 2017 (or by mid-July 2017, if they need a Visa to enter Austria). In the latter case students should provide a certification stating the expected date for the Bachelor's degree and the list of courses that are still in progress. The Bachelor's certificate and the grades obtained in the courses currently in progress must be uploaded to this site as soon as they are available. 
    Important note for Chinese students: Chinese students need to obtain a certification through the "Akademische Prüfstelle" in Peking. The relevant information is available at the APS web site.
  • Up-to-date CV (curriculum vitæ, resume), which contains a list of publications (if any), the title and short summary of theBachelor's thesis (if applicable), a description of extra-curricular activities that are related to astronomy or astrophysics(if any), and skills acquired (e.g. computer/ programming skills).
  • Electronic copy of academic records (accompanied by a certified translation into English, when relevant).
  • Two letters of recommendation. These must be uploaded directly by the referees and should address the questions provided in the online referee form.
  • Partner-Country candidates who wish to apply for an Erasmus+: EMJMD scholarship, need to present a valid proof of their place of residence, issued within 12 months before the application deadline, for the purposes of calculation of the scholarship amount (see the section "finance"), should a scholarship be assigned to them.

In order to be admitted, selected students will be requested to present the originals (or certified copies) of all documents they have transmitted electronically at application time and any additional document required by the admission department of the University of Innsbruck according to the general Guidelines for International Students (with the exception of the proof of knowledge of German language, which is replaced by knowledge of English language for Erasmus Mundus students).

‣ Scholarship Application Due Date :   November 30th, 2016 .

‣ 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.

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