Erasmus Mundus Excellence Scholarships for 2021/22 are available for the European Master Degree in Plant Health in Sustainable Cropping Systems.
European Master Degree in PLANT HEALTH IN SUSTAINABLE CROPPING SYSTEMS is organised by a consortium of six Universities from four European countries: Montpellier SupAgro, Agrocampus Ouest and AgroParis Tech (France), University of Göttingen (Germany), University of Padova (Italy) and Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain). These Universities are highly proficient and experienced in teaching courses on general and specific aspects of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). In addition, all partners have an excellent reputation in research on various fundamental and applied aspects in plant health management, and keep strong links with enterprises of the plant protection sector and research institutes in Europe.
Universitat Politècnica de València is the coordinating institution of the PlantHealth Consortium.
Plant health management is a key subject of global development with regard to food safety, food security and environmental preservation. With the increasing globalization and climate change new diseases and pests threatening agricultural production will occur and have to be tackled. In many parts of the world, plant protection products are not used according to advanced regulatory and safety standards. A key issue is the need to take into account the population dynamics of pests, pathogens or weeds in the context of the whole agro-ecosystem, including beneficials, and the impact of the cropping system. The development of safe crop protection methods requires the education of highly skilled professionals for crop protection management in a sustainable agriculture, in the developed countries as well as in the developing world. This is the core mission of the European Master Degree in Plant Health in sustainable cropping systems.
PlantHealth represents an innovation in its interdisciplinary focus, giving clear priority to complex research areas and global policy issues. A distinctive and important feature of the Consortium is the emphasis on applied research, and on teaching which is applicable in plant health management.
PlantHealth provides students with an attractive and innovative programme which shall allow them to develop the ability to see plant health in a broad context with a focus on sustainability, taking into account all relevant agronomic factors, like plant variety, nutrition, soil tillage, crop rotation, etc. Students will obtain the skills and knowledge of advanced mycology, virology, entomology, nematology and weed science, to efficiently analyse or diagnose biotic and/or abiotic constraints in productivity of Sustainable Cropping Systems.
Worth of Award
- EMJMD scholarships cover travel expenses, participation costs and living costs for the entire duration of the Master course (max. 47,000€ for the two-year course).
- The total amount of the grant can vary according to the nationality and the place of residence of the scholarship holder.
- Therefore, a proof of the current place of residence at the time of application is mandatory to provide at application stage when applying for a scholarship.
- Awarded Bachelor of Science degree (180 ECTS) in Agronomy / Agricultural Sciences or related fields. 180 ECTS usually equal to a 3-year full-time undergraduate/bachelor degree, with at least 4 ECTS in Plant Health or Crop Protection, or equivalent.
- Language proficiency documentation: B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), except when English is your mother tongue.
- Application complete including two reference letters;
- Non-EU and EU students can apply for up to three Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees each year.
- However, a student can benefit only once from an Erasmus Mundus scholarship.
- In the case that the applicant is selected for more than one EMJMD, he/she must decide which one he/she wants to follow.
How to Apply
Application to the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship is made through the online application tool during the regular application to the PlantHealth Programme.
List of the supporting documents to be attached to the application form:
- Curriculum Vitae;
- Proof of place of residence 1;
- Copy of degrees obtained with official seal (i.e. completed higher education studies). If in addition to the BSc certificate you have obtained other degrees (i.e. MSc and/or PhD), please submit a copy of all the degrees obtained;
- Transcript of records for the whole degree (at least the BSc transcript of records)
- Two referee letters
- Certificates attesting language skills 2.
- Declaration on honour
- Other additional documents you may consider relevant for the evaluation of your application (publications, proof of refugee status, etc.)
NOTE 3: Applicants also have to state their preferred mobility scheme (the universities they want to attend, in accordance with the different options given by the PlantHealth Master’s degree). Please note that, while trying to respect your preferences, the PlantHealth Board will assign you an academic pathway subject to several factors (even distribution amongst partner Universities, academic profile, etc.) which may not necessarily be your preferred option.
Deadline: Application deadline for candidates applying for an Erasmus+: Erasmus Mundus Scholarship is January 15, 2021.