Description of the project

 

The Erasmus Mundus Programme

The Erasmus Mundus 2009-2013 Programme is a cooperation and mobility programme in the area of Higher Education, implemented by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). In case of the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 – Strand 1 (EMA2 – STRAND 1), under which the SMART 2 Project is being developed, the management is carried out under the supervision of the Directorate General EuropeAid (DG Aidco).

EMA2 – STRAND 1 main goals are:

  • to promote the European Higher Education;
  • to encourage the reinforcement and improvement of students’ career perspectives;
  • to favour the intercultural understanding through the cooperation with third countries, in harmony with the EU external policy objectives, in order to contribute to the sustainable development of the third countries’ Higher Education.

This strand includes partnerships between European and third countries’ Higher Education Institutions, mobility in several Higher Education levels, and also a scholarship system.

 

The SMART2 project

The SMART2 project is an ERASMUS MUNDUS Partnership (EMA2 strand1) project funded by the European commission in July 2014, for 42 months.

According to the general goals of ERASMUS MUNDUS Partnership, the SMART2 project aims at fostering structured cooperation between European and Brazilian higher Education Institutions (HEIs) through the promotion of mobility at all levels of studies for students, doctoral candidates, researchers, academic and administrative staff.

The SMART2 Project is jointly coordinated by CentraleSupélec and Universidade Federal de Itajubá (UNIFEI) in Brazil and composed of 18 members: 10 EU partners Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Finland, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Portugal and Spain, and 8 Brazilian partners, plus 3 associated partners (T.I.M.E. Association, Ecole Centrale de Lille and BTP Rincent).

The SMART2 project provides mobility scholarships for students and staff only from Brazil to Europe. There will be above 144 scholarships to be awarded for 1-24 months depending on mobility type/academic level.

The SMART2 project focuses on Science and Technology in line with the development priorities of Brazil and Europe.

 

Scholarships

There are specific flows for students and staff from partner universities (TG1), but also of non-partner universities (TG2). According to your specific case, you may have different scholarships available.

The SMART2 Project will have at least two Calls for Applications, the first one will take place in 2015 and the second one will take place in 2016.

Please notice that only Brazilians applicants are allowed to apply in this project. There are no available shcolarships for European applicants.

Target Group Types of mobility Exchange mobilities Degree seeking mobilities
1-3 months 4-7 months 10 months 12 months 10-24 months
Target Group 1 Undergraduate   yes yes    
Doctorate (sandwich)       yes  
Doctorate (co-Thesis)         yes
Post-doctorate     yes    
Academic and Administrative Staff yes        
Target Group 2 Doctorate (sandwich)       yes  
Doctorate (co-Thesis)         yes
Post-doctorate     yes    
Academic and Administrative Staff yes        
TOTAL SCHOLARSHIPS: 144

Note: for co-thesis mobility, the PhD advisor receives a staff mobility (1-3 months).

 

Staff mobility can start at any time within the project duration and must end within the project eligibility period: 14 January 2018.

The lengths above are the maximum mobility lengths. Only the start date and end date of the registration at the host university which will be indicated on the Acceptance letter will define the exact mobility length. All mobilities must be finished by the end of the eligibility period of the project: 14 Janaury 2018.

Mobility flows for students and staff between Brazilain institutions involved in the partnership are not eligible.

 

Eligible areas of study

According to the guidelines of the European Commission, the eligible fields of study for this project are:

  • Engineering, Technology

 

Financial support

Every selected applicant will receive a monthly allowance to cover subsistence costs at the host country, one two-way flight ticket, and a health, accident and travel insurance valid during the entire mobility period in Europe.

The amount of the monthly allowance is different according to the type of mobility, as follows:

Undergraduate students 1000 EUR/month
Doctorate students 1500 EUR/month
Post-doctorate researchers 1800 EUR/month
Staff members 2500 EUR/month

 

The EM SMART2 project will book a return flight ticket for all SMART2 fellows, in the limit of the herebelow table:

Distance from Home/Host university (km) Fixed-amount rate
2500-5000 1500 €
5000-10000 2000 €

 

Evaluation criteria

According to the type of scholarship, the evaluation of applications will comply with the following criteria:

  • Undergraduate students: Academic merit; Motivation; Language skills
  • Doctorate students: Academic merit; Research project; Motivation; Language skills
  • Post-doctorate researchers: Previous experience/Scientific Production; Research project; Motivation; Language skills
  • Academic and administrative staff: Scientific Production/Previous experience Teaching/Working Plan; Motivation; Language skills

During the final selection meeting, and apart from the final grade awarded by the host institution and based on the abovementioned criteria, other factors will also be taken into account in case of similar grades so as to better answer to the project and Erasmus Mundus programme goals. For example: balance between partner institutions, gender balance, economically disadvantaged applicants, disabled applicants and other cross-cutting issues.

 

Recognition of studies

All exchange students at undergraduate and doctorate levels (non-degree seeking at the host institution) will have full academic recognition of the activities undertaken in the foreign country and concluded with a passing grade. This means that the time spent abroad will be formally considered by the home institution as part of the course in which the student is enrolled at the home institution. Academic recognition is mandatory within the scope of the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 programme and all partner and associate institutions have committed to accept it.

Tools have been developed by the partnership to assure that recognition is done in a fair and transparent way. Before the start of the mobility period, every student will need to agree with the academic coordinators at home and host institution the plan of activities to be undertaken, and formally establish that plan as well as the way recognition will be done. In order to do so, an Academic Recognition Agreement will be signed by all parts.

At the end of the mobility period, the host institution will issue a Transcript of Records with information on all the courses taken and grades achieved by the student. Through the ECTS system or a compatible system for credits and grades transfer, the activities will be officially recognised by the home institution.