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Erasmus+Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree

This action supports higher education institutions to create international study programmes for students at master level and award scholarships. Higher education institutions from at least three different Programme Countries* are invited to work together in consortia, to create and submit their proposal for Joint Master Degrees under the Erasmus+ programme.

An Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) is a prestigious, integrated, international study programme, jointly delivered by an international consortium of higher education institutions (HEIs) and, where relevant, other partners with specific expertise and interest in the study programme.

EMJMDs aim to:

  • Foster excellence, innovation, and internationalisation in HEIs
  • Boost the attractiveness of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and support the EU’s external action in the field of higher education
  • Improve the level of competences and skills of Master graduates and their employability


Partnership between Erasmus Mundus and the Inter-University Exchange Project (IUEP) of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)
In 2019 for the first time, Erasmus Mundus opens up to a new partnership model in the form of a joint call EU-Japan. The purpose of the joint call will be to select excellent consortia of European and Japanese universities to develop highly integrated joint master programmes and offer scholarships to students. Mobility of students and scholars between the EU and Japanese universities involved in projects will be a key feature of the action.

The partnership will co-fund 3-4 projects which will foster innovation and excellence in provision of Joint Masters in consortia consisting of at least 3 higher education institutions from Erasmus+ Programme Countries and at least 1 higher education institution from Japan. 
In addition, the Japanese Higher education institution must be a master-degree awarding institution and award the joint or multiple diploma degree(s) together with at least one master-degree awarding higher education institution from a Programme Country.


Read more here.


Eligible participating organisations
A participating organisation can be any public or private organisation established in a Programme Country or in a Partner Country that contributes directly and actively to the delivery of the EMJMD.

Such an organisation can be:

  • a higher education institution (HEI);
  • a public or private, a small, medium or large enterprise (including social enterprises);
  • a public body at local, regional or national level;
  • a non-profit organisation, association, NGO;
  • a research institute.

HEIs established in a Programme Country must hold a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE). An ECHE is not required for participating Partner Country HEIs.


Eligible participating individuals
Students at Master level, staff in the participating organisations, invited scholars /guest lecturers from Programme and Partner Countries.
Students at Master level who have obtained a first higher education degree or demonstrate a recognised equivalent level of learning according to national legislation and practices in the degree awarding countries are eligible.


How to apply
Students apply for a scholarship directly to the EMJMD Catalogue and contact the consortium offering the Master Course for more information on courses and application procedures.
The selection, recruitment and monitoring of individual scholarship holders fall under the responsibility of the EMJMD consortium.
Students can apply to a maximum of three different programmes. Students and potential scholars/guest lecturers should contact directly the relevant consortium for more information on courses and application procedures.

For more information please visit the scholarships page.  


The maximum grant amount awarded for selected projects will depend on a number of elements:

  • the EMJMD length (60, 90 or 120 ECTS credits);
  • the EMJMD participation costs defined by the consortia;
  • the implementation of the optional preparatory year;
  • the number of Programme/Partner country scholarships.

EMJMDs receive funding for four intakes of students (starting from the selection 2018) to allow them to increase their worldwide visibility.


Who can apply
Any higher education institution established in one of the Programme Countries may submit an application on behalf of the consortium that delivers the EMJMD. Branches of Partner Country HEIs established in a Programme Country or branches of Programme Country HEIs established in a Partner Country are not eligible to apply.

HEIs established in a Programme Country must hold a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE). An ECHE is not required for participating HEIs in Partner Countries.


Number and profile of participating organisations
Each consortium must include HEIs from at least three different Programme Countries.
For consortia co-funded by the EU and MEXT, at least one additional, obligatory Japanese partner HEI must be included and designated as the coordinator for MEXT in addition to the obligatory Programme Country coordinator (applicant).
HEIs from Programme Countries (and HEIs for the consortia co-funded by the EU and MEXT) must be in a position to host EMJMD students and deliver at least the minimum number of ECTS credits (or the equivalent Japanese framework) for the study period spent in their institution.


Number of participants
The EMJMD grant will finance a maximum of 60 student scholarships for the four intakes.  In addition, EMJMD consortia can apply for up to 28 additional student scholarships for the four intakes for targeted regions/countries of the world. 
For consortia co-funded by the EU and MEXT, a maximum of 32 scholarships will be funded by the EU and 32 scholarships funded by MEXT.  These consortia are not eligible to apply for additional scholarships for targeted regions/countries of the world

The EMJMD study period must take place in at least two of the Programme Countries represented in the consortium (i.e. at least two mobility periods for all students, different from the country of residence of the student). 
For consortia co-funded by the EU and MEXT, one of the two minimum student mobility periods must take place in Japan and the other in a Programme Country represented in the consortium.


Duration of project
Depending on the duration of the EMJMD (1 to 2 academic years) and whether the consortium chooses to undertake a preparatory year, the consortium will receive a grant agreement for a minimum duration of 4 and a maximum of 6 academic years to finance 4 consecutive student intakes. In exceptional cases, the duration of an EMJMD may be extended of up to 12 months, upon request by the applicant/coordinator and with the agreement of the Executive Agency. In such a case, the total grant will not change.

Duration of activity
Optional preparatory year: 1 academic year.
Implementation of the EMJMD programme: 4 consecutive intakes of 1 to 2 academic years (60/90/120 ECTS credits).


Where to apply
Eligible organisations should submit their proposals to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, located in Brussels.


When to apply
Applicants have to submit their grant application by 14 February at 12:00 (midday Brussels time) for projects starting between 1st August and 31st October of the same year.

For proposals to be co-funded under the EU-MEXT partnership, applicants have to submit their grant application by 1st April at 12:00 (midday Brussels time) for projects starting between 1st August and 31st October of the same year. In parallel, the Japanese coordinator will make available the same proposal to the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).

Interested organisations should read the full details in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide.

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