Eligibility rules

Students with a biomedical or psychology background should have at least two years of training at the master’s level, and preferably a strong background in the field of experimental or preclinical Neurosciences.
Applicants with background in related fields including:

  • biomedical sciences,
  • biological psychology,
  • genetics,
  • medicine,
  • biophysics,
  • bioinformatics and/or artificial intelligence will also be considered.

There is no nationality restriction, students from all nationalities can apply.

Important eligibility criteria as mentioned in the Programme Guide (Version December 2012) of the Erasmus Mundus Programme:


Two different EMJD fellowships can be awarded to doctoral candidates:

  • Category A fellowships can be awarded to third-country doctoral candidates selected by EMJD consortia who come from a country other than a European country and who are not residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, work, etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in these countries. The only exception to this rule applies to third-country doctoral candidates who have previously received an Erasmus Mundus masters scholarship in order to follow an EMMC.
  • Category B fellowships can be awarded to European doctoral candidates selected by EMJD consortia as well as to any doctoral candidates selected by EMJD consortia who do not fulfill the Category A criteria defined above.
  • Fellowship candidates fulfilling the eligibility criteria for both Category A and B – e.g. students with double nationality – must select the Category of their choice. As a result, they are entitled to apply only to one of the two categories of fellowship at a time.
  • Fellowship candidates must have already obtained a first post-graduate degree or demonstrate a recognised equivalent level of learning according to national legislation and practices.
  • Individual EMJD fellowships are awarded exclusively for full-time enrolment in one of the doctoral programmes.
  • Individuals who have already benefited from an EMJD fellowship are not eligible for a second grant.
  • Doctoral candidates benefiting from an EMJD fellowship cannot benefit from other EU grants while carrying out their Erasmus Mundus doctoral activities.
  • Only candidates who have applied to and have been accepted by an EMJD consortium in accordance with its specific doctoral candidate’s application and selection criteria are eligible for a fellowship.
  • Students/Doctoral candidates can apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship/fellowship to the Erasmus Mundus Action 1 joint programme (EMMC or EMJD) of their choice but the number of applications must be limited to maximum three different joint programmes.
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