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Scholarships and fees

There are excellent scholarship opportunities for students accepted to an Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate programme. An employment contract will be given to all selected PhD students during the study time, which is between 3-4 years.

Information relevant for the EuroSPIN programme

Students not specifically selected for EuroSPIN might be able to participate and follow the programme as well, but on an individual basis. These students need to pay all the fees and participation costs requested by the respective universities, while stipends or employment contracts might be offered if the funding situation of the individual supervisors involved allows.

Below follows some relevant definitions.

Eligible applicant country:

This is defined as a Member State of the European Union. Note that Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein also belongs to this group.

Category A student:

These are the doctoral candidates from a country other that an "eligible applicant country", and who are not resident nor have carried out their main activity (studies, work, etc) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in one of these countries. The only exception to this rule applies to Third-Country doctoral candidates who have previously received an Erasmus Mundus master scholarship in order to follow an Erasmus Mundus Master Course/Programme.

Note that candidates from Switzerland, Turkey and the Western Balkan countries (i.e. Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia) belong to category A at present (this might, however, change soon if these countries sign an agreement). At present, Croatia counts as category B.

Category B student:

Anyone not eligible for Category A student.

Who can receive a EuroSPIN scholarship?

Only candidates who have applied to and have been accepted by the EuroSPIN consortium, in accordance with its specific students' application and selection criteria, are eligible for a scholarship. Both category A and B students are welcome to apply to the EuroSPIN PhD programme.

How many scholarships are offered?

The EuroSPIN PhD programme had for the application year 2013:

  • 6 scholarships category A
  • 3 scholarships category B

Scholarship rules and requirements:

  • EuroSPIN PhD students need to spend their study period in at least two of the consortium partner countries. Note that these two countries must be different from the country in which the doctoral candidate has obtained his/her last university degree. The mobility period is, however, tailored to the specific PhD research project. There are in addition rules on time to be spent at the European (here Sweden, UK, Germany) and non-European (here India) partners.
  • EuroSPIN students should participate in the PhD programme in accordance with the terms defined by an, for each student, individual Doctoral Candidate Agreement. Failure to do so could lead to the cancellation of the scholarship. Doctoral Candidate Agreement (pdf 106 kB)
  • EuroSPIN students’ scholarships are awarded exclusively for a full-time enrolment in one of the programme. On individual basis this might be changed due to maternity leave, chronic illness, etc.
  • Students benefiting from an Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate scholarship cannot benefit from another European Community grant while pursuing their Erasmus Mundus PhD studies.

How large is the scholarship?

Monthly allowances in the form of employment contracts will be provided to all successful EuroSPIN candidates during the first 3-4 years. This applies to both category A and B students. The fellowship is 2800 euro/month less taxes and social contributions. Because of the employment contracts used, the normal social security rights are applied. Thus, the net salary payed out every month is expected to be in the range of 1400-2000 Euros a month depending on national legislation (the higher amounts in KTH and NCBS).

In addition, contribution to e.g. travels to the yearly workshop, and some other types of participation costs (e.g. tuition fees, bench fees, insurances), are provided for up to a certain limit. This is detailed out in the Program Guide for Erasmus Mundus below (p.43-45).

All students selected for the EuroSPIN programme should thus be able to participate, independent of the personal financial situation.

For details, see Erasmus Mundus Program Guide (pdf 1.3 MB)

Fees and participation costs

Fees and other required participation costs to study for a PhD differ between the consortia partner universities. However, for PhD candidates selected for the EuroSPIN programme, participation costs and tuition fees will be provided for and thus waived. This applies in general for both category A and B students.

How can I apply for participation in EuroSPIN, including receiving a scholarship?

Students apply electronically to the EuroSPIN consortium. Based on these applications the first round of selections is made, and competitive candidates are further interviewed on an individual basis.

Electronic application form at:

Application and admission

Belongs to: EuroSPIN - Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral Programme in Neuroinformatics
Last changed: Dec 18, 2013