Erasmus Mundus Scholarships in African Studies for the EMAIS Master in Europe 2021

The European Union is offering Scholarships for the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in African Studies in the 2021/2022 academic session.

Building on their outstanding and internationally recognised strengths in African Studies,

  • the University of Bayreuth, Germany,
  • the Bordeaux Montaigne University, France, and
  • the University of Porto, Portugal,

have developed a Joint Master Programme in the framework of Erasmus Mundus (EMJMD). The “European Interdisciplinary Master African Studies” (EIMAS) will spearhead innovative approaches in teaching African Studies.

The framing concept of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) EIMAS is “Global Africa”. Current concepts of African Studies focus on a concept of Africa in itself, or as the object of outside influences. Our Global Africa Approach will take Africa and Africans as global players and enhance previous concepts by adding this perspective. The EIMAS provides an integrated approach, focusing on the nexus between Identity, Territory and Sustainability, designed to transcend the limitations of both conventional area studies and global studies, while acknowledging alternative narratives and encouraging active involvement cooperation in and with Africa.

Through its innovative training programme, EIMAS will enable the students to acquire a wide range of practice-oriented knowledge of Global Africa, to enhance their analytical and communication skills and to strengthen their ability to work independently, which will significantly increase their employability. The consortium’s wide range of already existing collaborations with academic and non-academic partners such as government representatives, NGOs, corporate and diplomatic protagonists in Europe, Africa and beyond ensures the best possible connection to the global job market.

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Worth of Award

EMJMD scholarships include:

  • the students’ participation costs (including the tuition fees, full insurance coverage and any other mandatory costs related to the students’ participation in the course),
  • a contribution to student travel and installation cost and
  • subsistence allowance for the entire duration of Master’s programme


  • A Bachelor degree from a recognised university in the field of social sciences or humanities, e.g.
  • African Languages and Cultures
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Development Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Study of Religion
  • Social Anthropology
  • Sociology

or convincing application of other academic disciplines

  • A very good (B) overall grade for the Bachelor programme
  • Very good command of English (CEFR: C1, IELTS: 6.5, TOEFL: 95 (internet-based) or Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)).
  • Applicants coming from one of the listed countries and/or having an undergraduate degree taught in English do not have to submit an official certificate that proves their English language skills.
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How to Apply

Apply for admission to the consortium and a scholarship via the eConsort online platform. Do respect the deadlines for academic admission.

Deadline:  Applications for Erasmus Mundus Scholarships African Studies close on February 28, 2021.


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