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PHDs and POST-DOCS

 

EUROPEAN researchers

 

What can i do?

With BE MUNDUS, you can carry out:

  • a full PhD (up to 32 months) - ALL CALLS ARE NOW CLOSED AND ALL AVAILABLE POSITIONS WERE FILLED
  • a sandwich PhD (6 or 10 months) - ALL CALLS ARE NOW CLOSED AND ALL AVAILABLE POSITIONS WERE FILLED
  • a post-doc 6 months - ALL CALLS ARE NOW CLOSED AND ALL AVAILABLE POSITIONS WERE FILLED

at one of the 11 prestigious Brazilian universities partners of the BE MUNDUS project. At the end of the mobility period, you will:

  • return to your home university, where the research carried out abroad will be recognized as part of the research programme at your home university (sandwich PhD and post-doc)
  • be awarded a legally-recognized doctoral degree from one of the 11 BE MUNDUS Brazilian partner universities (full PhD)

The programme is open to researchers in Engineering & Technology.

06. Engineering, Technology

06.1 Mechanical Engineering
06.2 Electrical Engineering
06.3 Chemical Engineering
06.4 Civil Engineering
06.5 Electronic Engineering, Telecommunications
06.6 Manufacturing Sciences (CAD, CAM, CAE)
06.7 Materials Sciences
06.8 Aeronautical Engineering
06.9 Others: Engineering, Technology

 

Interested in applying? Click here to apply online!

 

Where can I go?

The 11 BE MUNDUS partner universities in Brazil look forward to welcoming you in their research centres!

  • Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo
  • Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho”, São Paulo
  • Universidade Estadual de Campinas, Campinas
  • Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro
  • Universidade Federal da Paraíba, João Pessoa
  • Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia
  • Universidade do Estado do Amazonas, Itacoatiara
  • Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife
  • Universidade Estadual do Maranhão, São Luis
  • Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianópolis
  • Universidade Federal de Sergipe, Sao Cristóvão

 

Who can apply?

BE MUNDUS is open to European researchers in the field of Engineering and Technology.
In order to be eligible for a BE MUNDUS scholarship, you need to fulfill a set of minimum requirements. In particular, you must:

  • Be a national of one of the 28 members states of the European Union
  • Have sufficient knowledge of Portuguese and/or the language of the research offer. For further information, see the specific requirements listed in the research offers.
  • Not have not benefited in the past from an Erasmus Mundus (Action 2) scholarship for the same type of mobility (e.g. PhDs, post-doc, etc.);
  • For a sandwich PhD applications: be enrolled in a doctorate course at a European institution.

NB: In addition to these criteria, some universities may require other conditions and/or skills.

TARGET GROUPS

The Erasmus Mundus programme is open to different categories of students, defined as ‘Target Groups’. Each Target Group has different types of mobility scholarships available.

TARGET GROUP 1:

For sandwich PhDs: Applicants who are currently enrolled in PhD course at one of the BE MUNDUS partner universities (click here to check the full list of partner institutions).
For post-doc: Applicants who have a research assignment or a formal link with one of the BE MUNDUS partner universities (click here to check the full list of partner institutions).

TARGET GROUP 2:

For sandwich PhDs: Applicants who are currently enrolled in PhD course at a Brazilian universities which is not a full partner of BE MUNDUS (click here to check the full list of partner institutions).
For post-doc: Applicants who have a research assignment or a formal link with a university which is NOT among BE MUNDUS partners (click here to check the full list of partner institutions).

How to apply?

ALL CALLS ARE NOW CLOSED AND ALL AVAILABLE POSITIONS WERE FILLED


STEP BY STEP APPLICATION PROCESS:

  • Are you eligible to apply? Check the eligibility requirements here before starting your application!
  • Register on the BE MUNDUS website
  • Read the Guidelines for Applicants carefully. This document contains detailed information about the application procedure. We strongly advise you to read it before starting to fill in the Application Form » PDF Guidelines for Applicants
  • Gather all the documents required for your applications
  • Prepare the word application form. This Word (.doc) version is intended to facilitate the preparation of the information and documents for the application form, allowing you to progressively introduce the details and information required. It does not replace the online application.
  • Copy and paste the word application form into the online application form. Only online applications submitted via the online system will be accepted. If an applicant submits more than one application, the system will automatically consider the most recent one.

 

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS

All applicants are required to submit the following documents together with their online application. Incomplete applications will automatically be rejected without appeal possibility.

  • Photo
  • Video (optional)
  • Passport or other official national identification proof
  • Copy of degree(s) or certificate proving the obtained degree
  • Transcript of records (Mandatory for sandwich PhDs only)
  • Recommendation letter and/or statement of support from the home university
  • This document must confirm that your home institution supports your application and shall be dated, signed and stamped by the the home institution (where applicable).
  • In the case of post-doc and staff mobility, such letter should also declare that your office/department will allow you to take a leave for the whole duration of the mobility period. It must be signed by the head of department (post-doc and academic staff) or the head of office (administrative staff)
  • Language Certificate - where applicable: English or the relevant language of instruction at the host university (check requirements!)
  • Declaration of Honour (Download example)
  • Physical disability (Optional)
  • Socio-economic vulnerability (Optional)
  • Refugee or asylum status (only for Target 3 applicants, where applicable)
  • Other documents relevant for the application (Optional)

For further information, please check the application guidelines and application form.

 

SELECTION CRITERIA

The evaluation is done in the following way:

  • Scientific merit (60%) relevant previous knowledge and diplomas, involvement in research, publications, previous relevant research/work experience, qualifications or prices, etc.
  • Research/work project (20%) quality of research proposal and relevance to the host university research fields;
  • Motivation (10%) motivation to carry out research at that university, awareness of the wider implication of a study period abroad for the home country, relevant recommendation letter, etc.;
  • Language proficiency (10%) how far does the applicant meet the language requirements of the host university

 

Scholarships

Selected applicants will receive a monthly allowance of 1.500 EUR* (PhD level) or 1.800 EUR* (post-doc) to cover subsistence costs in the host city. Moreover, grantees are paid a return ticket to and from the location of the host university (based on fixed rates linked to the distance in kilometers), as well as a full insurance scheme (health, travel, accident). Researchers are also exempted from the payment of tuition fees at the host institution, as the tuition fees (when applicable) will be covered by the project.

* scholarships may be subject to national taxes, depending on the home country's legislation.


Search for your research field!

In order to check the research offers available at each host institution, please select the type of mobility you wish to apply to, according to the existing options:
Academic offer

 

Accommodation

Each host institution will support selected applicants in finding suitable accommodation either within available student residences and/or in private housing.
For further information on housing, visit the specific websites of your chosen host institution.

 

Visas and Immigration

Each host institution will support selected students in applying for a national long-term study visa. Approximately 3-4 months before departure, you will receive a formal invitation letter by your host institution. You will need to submit the letter together with your visa application at the Brazilian embassy or consulate in your country/city (e.g. Brazilian Embassy in Rome).
In order to apply for a visa, you usually need to submit the following documents:

  • Visa Application Form (long-term study visa)
  • Passport size-photo
  • Valid passport. NB: the passport needs to be valid for at least 3 months in addition to the duration of your visa (e.g. for a 10 month visa, your passport needs to be valid for 13 months starting from the visa starting date).
  • Copy of scholarship contract (sent by Sapienza to all scholarship holders)
  • Letter of invitation by host institution
  • Copy of health insurance (provided by Sapienza to all scholarship holders)

Additional documents may be required by the country’s consulate. Please, check with your host institution.

 

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