AREas scholarships (in partnership with Vietnam)

By admin on December 17, 2012

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VSE Contacts:

  • Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology (Vietnam)

    Contact Person: Dr. Nguyen Danh Thao


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  • Hanoi University of Science and Technology (Vietnam)

    Contact Person: Thai Linh Thu

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AREAS provides scholarships for students, researchers and staff from the Third Countries targeted by the project (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, The Philippines, Vietnam) in order to study, do research, training or teaching at one of the European Partner Universities (Host Universities).

Scholarships are not available for mobility from Europe to Asia, nor among the Asian countries.

Selected grantees will receive a monthly subsistence allowance paid by the Partnership for the duration of the mobility period:

Undergraduate 1,000 euro
Master 1,000 euro
PhD 1,500 euro
Post-doc 1,800 euro
Staff 2,500 euro

Included in the scholarship, the Partnership will also:

–          pay for the grantees’ travel costs;

–          provide grantees with a high quality individual insurance coverage on health, travel, accident for the duration of the mobility period;

–          waive all university fees at the Host universities. Participants at any level will not be required to pay any fees to the Host universities. Exchange students will continue paying their fees at their university of origin.

Different scholarships are available for different mobility types application/pdf (20.37 kB) and for durations from 1 to 34 months, depending on the level and type of mobility. Please see the project summary sheet application/pdf (163.91 kB)for further information on the total number of scholarships available within the project.

A wide range of programmes in different academic fields is offered by the different Host universities. Check the Academic programs section for detailed information on the type and duration of available mobilities.

Scholarships will be distributed on two cohorts of applicants selected respectively in the year 2012 and 2013 for mobilities starting in the same year. Staff mobilities can start at any time between 2012 and 2015. All mobilities must end before July 15, 2015.
For further information on the scholarships still available within the Second Call for Applications for the Second Cohort please click here.


Calls for applications are published periodically and are open for a limited period of time of minimum 45 days. Candidates interested in a mobility and the related scholarship must apply during the application period through the online application system provided on this website. Eligible applications are then evaluated (see the Selection page)and selected candidates are awarded the scholarships.

Calls for applications:

Call Application period Selection outcomes Status
First Cohort 01 Nov 2011 – 31 Jan 2012 Selection complete. Outcomes published 06 Apr 2012  



Second Cohort 

Call for applications new!! application/pdf(213.42 kB)

15 Sep 2012 – 15 Feb 2013

Within 3 months of the Call closing Opening 15th September 2012

Applicants are recommended to browse the information on this website, read the full text of the Call for Applications and follow the Application Instructions. Before applying it is very important to clearly understand the types and durations of the available scholarships, the eligibility conditions and the available academic programs at every host university. In case of doubt applicants can ask for clarifications to the project contact person application/pdf (596.50 kB)at their Home/Host University or to the project Coordinator.

All communications with applicants take place through e-mail. Applicants are required to make sure they have an active and working e-mail address before proceeding.

When you’re ready to apply, click the “Apply here” button.

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Types of Mobility and Eligibility

In accordance with the Erasmus Mundus scheme, different scholarships are available for different Target Groups and Mobility Levels and with specific eligibility conditions. Before applying for a scholarship, applicants need to check their eligibility, and the availability of scholarships for their category in this Second Call. Eligibility conditions must be met at the time of application, or at the latest before the start of mobility.

All mobilities selected within this Second Call must begin before31st December 2013 with the exception of Staff mobilities that can start in any time within the project duration and must end within the project eligibility period.

All applicants must meet the following general eligibility conditions:

Nationality Must be nationals of the Third Countries targeted by the project:Cambodia,Indonesia,Laos,Malaysia,Myanmar,Mongolia,Sri Lanka,Thailand, The Philippines,Vietnam.
12-month rule Must not have resided nor have carried out their main activity (studies, work, etc) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in any of the eligible European countries at the time of submitting 

their application to the partnership. This rule does not apply to TG 3 candidates.

Other scholarships Must not have already benefited from a scholarship for the same type of mobility under an Erasmus Mundus Action 2 project. 

Must not have already benefited from another scholarship under this project.

Individuals are classified in three target groups:

Target Group Target Beneficiaries Types of mobility
TARGET GROUP 1 Students registered in one of the Partner Universities with a minimum of 1 year previous university studies and staff currently enrolled in or employed by one of the Partner Universities. Applicants must be nationals of one of the Asian Countries targeted by the project (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, The Philippines and Vietnam). undergraduate,
TARGET GROUP 2 Nationals of the Asian Countries targeted by the project (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, The Philippines and Vietnam), who are registered in a higher education institution of these countries not included in the Partnership, or who have obtained a university degree or equivalent by an institution of these countries. master,
TARGET GROUP 3 Nationals of the Third Countries targeted by the project who are in particularly vulnerable situations for social or political reasons. AREAS identifies the following specific conditions as belonging to vulnerable groups:
– Candidates having a refugee status or asylum beneficiaries (international or according to the national legislation of one of the European recipient countries);
– Candidates belonging to an indigenous population targeted by a specific national policy or IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons). 

Disadvantaged conditions such as economic status or physical disabilities are not conditions for belonging to a vulnerable group. They are taken into consideration as cross-cutting issues under all target groups.


Five levels of mobility are identified as follows:

Mobility level Mobility programme Eligibility conditions
Undergraduate Attend a first cycle higher education programme, as an exchange student or for a full degree. Must have obtained a secondary school diploma according to the regulations of the Host university (TG3), or must be currently registered in a Bachelor course in a HEI within the partnership (TG1). 

TG 1 Undergraduate students

must have successfully completed at least one year of studies in their home institution.

Master Attend a second cycle higher education programme that follows a first 

degree, as an exchange student or for a full degree.

Must have obtained a Bachelor or otherUndergraduateUniversitydegree or must have completed 3 years of university studies (TG2, TG3), or must be currently registered in a Masters course in a HEI within the partnership (TG1).
Doctorate Attend a study and research programme of higher education that follows a higher education degree, as an exchange student or for a full degree. Must have obtained a Master or other Graduate University degree or equivalent (TG2. TG3), or must be currently registered in a Doctorate course in a HEI within the partnership (TG1).
Post-Doctorate Carry out a higher education study or research that follows a doctoral degree. Activity can include research, training and/or following highly specialized courses. Must have obtained a doctorate degree.
Staff Perform a specific work programme agreed among the Home and Host universities and the individual staff. Activity can include teaching, research, training or following highly specialized courses. Must be working as academic or administrative staff at a Higher Education Institution within the partnership (TG1). 



Students (Undergraduate, Master, Doctorate) can participate to either exchange or full degree programmes:

Programme Description Eligible candidates
Exchange Exchange students are registered at their home university for a degree course and study at the Host university for a part of that same degree. The exchange period can be one or more semesters. 

Studies done at the Host universities will be recognized by the home university through the use of ECTS tools (learning agreement, transcripts of records).

Exchange students will not normally obtain a diploma from the Host University, but this may be possible if double degree agreements exist between the Home and Host Universities.

Exchange students need the approval to participate in the mobility programme by both their Home and Host university.

Undergraduate, Master and Doctorate students belonging to Target Group 1
Full degree Degree students register for a degree course at a European Host University. 

Degree students completing the program will obtain a degree from the Host university.

Undergraduate, Master and Doctorate students belonging to Target Groups 2 or 3

An online selection guide is provided to assist you in checking your Target Group and Mobility Level:
MOBILITY TYPE GUIDE application/pdf (20.37 kB)


Academic Programs

The project offers mobility opportunities in the following study areas as defined by the European Commission:

01. Agriculture science
02. Architecture, urban and regional planning
04. Business Studies, Management Sciences
05. Education, Teacher Training
06. Engineering, Technology
07. Geography, Geology
10. Law
12. Medical Sciences
13. Natural Sciences
14. Social Sciences
16. Other Areas of Study

By clicking on the links below you will find more information on the specific areas or fields of study available at all levels at each partner University as well as additional information regarding language or academic requirements etc for each program. Only programs and courses listed here are available for applications.

All European Partners

POLITO – Politecnico di Torino

CUL – City University London

INP – Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble

KTH – Royal Institute of Technology

KUL – Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

MU – Masarik University

UGOE – Georg-August-Universität Göttingen

UMINHO – Universidade do Minho

UNITN – University of Trento

UPC – Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya


EMA2 – Strand 1

The Erasmus Mundus Action 2 (EMA2) is a cooperation and mobility scheme in the area of higher education funded by the European Union. The EMA 2 objective is to promote the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills at the higher education level.

EMA2 – STRAND 1 aims to promote European higher education, to help to improve and enhance the career prospects of students and to promote intercultural understanding through cooperation with third-countries, in accordance with EU external policy objectives in order to contribute to the sustainable development of third-countries in the field of higher education. It includes partnerships between European and third-country higher education institutions, exchange and mobility at all levels of higher education, including a scholarship scheme. This means support for mobility for students (undergraduate, master, doctoral and post-doctoral) and for staff (academic and administrative).

The main objectives of the programme are:

  • To contribute to the mutual enrichment of societies by developing the qualifications of men and woman so that they possess appropriate skills, particularly as regards the labour market, and are open-minded and internationally experienced;
  • To promote mobility both for students, researchers, academics and administrative staff from third-countries, especially from vulnerable groups, selected on the basis of academic excellence, to obtain qualifications and/or experience in the European Union;
  • To contribute towards the development of human resources and the international co-operation capacity of higher education institutions in third-countries through increased mobility streams between the EU and third-countries in accordance with the principles of equal opportunities and non-discrimination.

The program is aimed to students and academic staff belonging to three Target Groups and qualifying for five different types of mobility.

No student, scholar or academic staff can benefit from a second scholarship for the same type of mobility under another project under the EMA2-STRAND1. Furthermore, candidates cannot benefit from more than one mobility within the AREAS project.


Erasmus Mundus
Erasmus Mundus Action 2



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