September 20, 2012:
Current students and staff of The University of the West Indies (UWI) who wish to pursue graduate studies are now eligible for funding via the 2012 Mundus ACP Project. This is facilitated through a partnership between The UWI and the University of Porto, Portugal, which is sponsored by the European Commission. The project will provide scholarships to fund graduate studies in countries such as Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Sweden.
The Mundus ACP II project which operates under the umbrella of Erasmus Mundus is managed by the University of Porto. The project will see the distribution of approximately four million Euros for the movement of graduate students and researchers from higher education institutions (HEIs) in Europe and African, Caribbean & Pacific (ACP) countries to study at Mundus ACP European partner institutions. The Erasmus Mundus 2009-2013 programme fosters cooperation and mobility in higher education through partnerships between HEIs in ACP countries by providing exchange and scholarship opportunities.
Students and staff of The UWI will have access to approximately 12 scholarships. These include eight full Master’s scholarships, two scholarships for mobility within doctoral programmes and two academic/administrative staff scholarships. Grants will consist of a monthly scholarship ranging between 1,000 and 2,500 Euros, return airfare, health, accident and travel insurance and tuition fees to the host institution, where applicable.
Eligible candidates for the Mundus ACP II project are nationals of ACP countries – Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. Candidates must not have resided for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in one of the partner European countries and must submit applications before October 31st, 2012.
Under Mundus ACP II, 16 core fields of study are approved for funding: Agriculture Studies; Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning; Art and Design; Business Studies/Management Science; Education, Teacher Training; Engineering/Technology; Humanities; Languages and Philological Sciences; Law; Mathematics/ Informatics; Medical Sciences, Natural Sciences; Social Sciences and Communication and Information Sciences.
For application forms or further information on the Mundus ACP scheme please visit http://mundusacp2.up.pt/ or contact