Expertsasia - Doctorates

    EXPERTS I and its successors, EXPERTS II, EXPERTS III, EXPERTS4Asia, and EXPERTS - SUSTAIN, are scholarship projects funded by the European Commission targeted at citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Indonesia, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The EXPERTS Partnership includes 7 European and 13 South and South-East Asian (SSEA) Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) from 12 Asian countries.
    EXPERTS projects are coordinated by the University of Goettingen, Germany
    Project Coordinator: Dr.Uwe Muuss

    The projects provide scholarship opportunities for students and staff from South and South-East Asia to European partner universities. The EXPERTS4Asia project also has scholarships for EU students and staff to study and conduct research at the SSEA partner HEIs. The types of mobility which can be funded are:

    • Mobility of Undergraduate and Graduate students

    • Mobility of PhD students

    • Mobility of PostDocs

    • Mobility of Academic and Administrative Staff

    One of the main goals of the EXPERTS Projects is to give continuity and sustainability to the successful multilateral collaboration created within all of the projects, including new players in the Erasmus Mundus programme. The consortiums are composed of 5 countries from group A (Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan) and 7 countries from group B (China, India, Indonesia, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Thailand). All together, the consortiums consist of 13 universities from SSEA and 7 universities from the EU, allowing the coverage of as many subject areas as possible.

    The projects have multifaceted objectives: they aim on the one hand to focus on excellence in technical fields and on the other to strengthen mobility in a wide range of disciplines such as Agricultural and Environmental Studies; Engineering Technology; Health & Medical Studies; Social Development; Regional Development, Poverty & Growth; and Law. The projects further aim to address the specific country needs in the SSEA region whilst also considering the improvement of gender balance amongst the project's beneficiaries.

    Numerous grants will be offered within the projects, from which roughly three quarters are for Asian nationals heading to the EU and roughly one quarter for EU nationals heading to Asia.

    Of the 5 projects, EXPERTS - SUSTAIN (2014 - 2018) is the only one currently still offering scholarships for academic and professional mobilities both to Asia and Europe. All other scholarships for EXPERTS II (2011 - 2015), EXPERTS III (2012 - 2016) and EXPERTS4Asia (2013 - 2017) have now been distributed and the corresponding mobilities are either underway or in some cases have already been completed.


    The 12-months-rule (applies only to Asian Nationals)

    Any TG 1 or TG 2 applicant who, at the time of submitting an application, has been a resident or has carried out his/her main activity for more than 12 months in the European Union or a country on a road to membership to the EU (open here) within the past 5 years will not be considered as eligible for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship.This 12 months rule does not apply to TG 3 applicants.

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    The scholarships cover the following aspects:

    • Monthly subsistence allowance

    • Travel ticket

    • Insurance

    • Participation cost

    **Subsistence allowance:**Academic Level/Amount per month

    • Undergraduate/ 1 000 €
    • Master/ 1 000 €
    • PhD/ 1 500 €
    • Post Doc/ 1 800 €
    • Academic and Admin. Staff/ 2 500 €

    Insurance costs:

    • All grant holders are insured by a central Group Insurance. In order to arrange their insurance, grant holders fill out their travel dates on the Grant Holder Pages. Based upon these dates, the EXPERTS secretariat will apply for insurance for the period that they are abroad. They will receive the insurance certificate by email, to be used during visa application.

    • Note: the project's health insurance does not cover any medical cost that is due to chronic illnes or health problems acquired previously to the mobility.

    Participation costs:

    • The tuition fees are covered by the project.

    Travel costs:

    • One return ticket will be provided by the coordinator by means of booking via a central travel agency. Self-purchased tickets will not be reimbursed.

    • Amount of Travel Costs: depending on the distance.

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