Erasmus Mundus PhD – Indonesia

Erasmus Mundus is a program that is set up to promote the European Union as a center of academic excellence in studying and learning across the globe. This mobility and cooperation program focuses on higher education and is funded by the European Union (EU). The program provides scholarships for third-country scholars and students coming to Europe for academic research and study. This post is about Erasmus Mundus PhD – Indonesia Scholarships.

The Erasmus Mundus Scholarship is a grant from the EU targeted at top-tier graduate students in qualifying countries to attend a selection of 1- and 2-year academic Masters Courses within the Erasmus Mundus Program at European Universities.

Grants are also available for third-country scholars to engage in research or teaching activities or scholarly work for up to three months at one of the institutions that offer Masters Courses within the Erasmus Mundus Program.

How much is an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship?

The Erasmus Mundus scholarship will be awarded for the duration of the particular Masters Course but restricted to the duration of maximally two years. Per student, for a one-year course, the grant adds up to € 24,000 (including tuition fees, travel expenses, accommodation, and monthly stipends) and for a two-year course € 48,000 for the entire period of time. Scholars are eligible for in total € 14,800 per scholar to cover a 3 month- period for monthly stipends and travel expenses. The Erasmus Mundus Maters Consortium will pay the grants directly to the recipients. This will cover all costs and makes sure there will at least be some financial peace.

What is the application process?

Both scholars and students need to apply for the scholarships and Masters Courses to the Erasmus Mundus Masters Consortium directly while indicating their specific course of interest. There is no option to make applications to the EU or the EC (European Commission). Admission criteria and specific requirements (e.g. language skills, study results) are set by the Consortium. Currently, there are more than 130 Masters Courses available within the Erasmus Mundus Program. Just go to Google and type in “Erasmus Mundus List” to see all options. Application deadlines are set by the Consortium and vary by Masters Course through December and January and the courses generally start in August through November. See also this MAHEVA Erasmus Mundus page.

Indonesian Erasmus Mundus 2018 Scholarships

For 2018, 240 Indonesian scholars and students have successfully applied for scholarships provided by the European Union’s Erasmus Mundus (Erasmus Plus) Program. The successful students and scholars will soon be traveling to (or have already arrived in) the EU to pursue their academic studies in 1- or 2-year courses or for 3-month exchange programs. Some students will be studying in several universities in two European countries.

In June 2018, an impressive award ceremony was held in Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta, where the European Ambassador to Indonesia (Vincent Guérend) and Ms. Virdiana Ririen Hapsari (acting Director for the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’  American & European Interregional Cooperation) congratulated all awarded students and scholars on successfully applying for the Erasmus Mundus Plus scholarships.

Third Countries

Third countries are those countries not located in the greater European Economic Region, including Norway, Iceland, all Balkan Countries, and Turkey.

Erasmus Mundus Association Southeast Asian Chapter

Establishing a Southeast Asian Chapter of the Erasmus Mundus Association was first brought up in November 2008 in Jakarta when some EMA members were there for the third EMA networking event. The EMA came also together for sharing experiences at the EHEF (European Higher Education Fair). You may also want to see this post that lists all contributing partners in the Erasmus Mundus MAHEVA project.

The Southeast Asia group realized that there was a need for creating a strong bonding and increasing the cooperation between Erasmus Mundus alumni from the region to provide mutual support in fields like employment as well as providing highly valued feedback to improve Erasmus Mundus Courses. The group also focused on environmental and social involvement in the Southeast Asian region and promoting the Erasmus Mundus program in cooperation with local EU delegations present in Jakarta.

Appointing the board members for the support of the region created an opportunity for the group’s members to discuss and communicate, and to get involved in professional and social networking in and outside of the region. The SEA chapter includes members from Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, East Timor, Cambodia, Malaysia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, The Philippines, Vietnam, and Thailand.

The Southeast Asian Chapter aims to promote Erasmus Mundus as the unique and excellent European program for international education, to strengthen regional collaboration between the different country members, to increase the group’s mutual cooperation, to safeguard its members’ interests by networking, collaboration, and communication, and to initiate activities and projects that have a positive environmental and social impact.

The groups will reach its objectives by participating in the EHEF (European Higher Education Fair in the region, by organizing a pre-departure briefing regarding Erasmus Mundus for newly selected applicants, by cooperating closely with various EU delegations in the area, by setting up strong networking opportunities and events in the region, by promoting the Erasmus Mundus program, and by organizing and promoting social events and networks to create environmental and social benefits.