Erasmus Mundus Scholarships for Masters in Soil Science in Europe 2021

The European Union is offering Scholarships for the Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters in Soil Science in the 2021/22 academic session.

The Erasmus Mundus Master in Soil Science (emiSS) will raise and meet the need for qualified and skilled soil scientists at the master level through a training programme bringing together soil science (soil physics, chemistry, biology and hydrology, soil genesis and classification, soil pollution and reclamation), management (soil erosion and conservation, land use, planning and management, soil health and quality), fertility (fertilizers and fertilization, soilless culture, composting and vermicompost), soil ecosystem (soil biodiversity, soil-plant-water relationships, soil C sequestration and storage, etc), intercultural competence and language skills.

There is a need for trained expert in the field human resources for the preservation and sustainable management of soil which is an important and nonrenewable natural resource throughout the world. As the scope of the programme planned to be opened is international, it will contribute to the in-field specialization of the soil scientists coming from various ecosystems or the specialization of staff from different scientific fields in the field of soil science. Soil constitutes the first link of the safe food chain to be established for the healthy nutrition of the world population and the basis for the food safety. The practical significance of the results of the project in the education of Master’s Degree specialists will be the preparation of highly qualified experts in the field of Soil Science, who can be involved in practical, scientific and innovative activities as both academic and engineering staff.

This project was created to provide MSc training in the following topics: soil-plant-water relationships, land use, planning and management, soil microbiology and composting techniques, soil chemistry, soil pollution and reclamation; soil genesis and classification, soil mineralogy; soil physics and hydrology; soil erosion and conservation; soil salinity and soilless culture, fertilization. Each one of these topics constitutes directly the scientific research and training topics of Soil Science. The strong side of this programme is that it is formed by universities from various geographies with a certain scientific level in the field of universal Soil Science and application in practice. As it is, the soil scientists awarded the MSc degree will not only be equipped with the universal theoretical know how, but learn on-site the soil management, solution methods and efficient and healthy use of soil in topics such as climate change and food safety in different geographies. This will no doubt contribute important strengths to the compatibility of students graduating from the programme.

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Worth of Award

The scholarship includes:

  • Course fees
  • A one-off contribution to travel and installation costs
  • A monthly subsistence stipend

Travel and Installation Payment: The amount received by the successful candidates for travel and installation costs is set by the EC and depends on the distance between the candidate’s residence

The successful candidates will receive a €1000 stipend per month – this is only paid when the student is not in their country of residence.


  • Awarded Bachelor of Science degree in soil science/soil science & plant nutrition, agriculture, biology, environmental science, earth science and related relevant fields. Language proficiency: B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), (IELTS 6.0, TOEFL 78) except when English is the mother tongue.
  • Application complete including two reference letters;
  • The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree emiSS recruits well-motivated students from all over the world.
  • The very best candidates will receive an Erasmus Mundus scholarship!
  • The application process is extremely selective and only the best candidates will be admitted to the programme.
  • Application to the EMJMD emiSS programme is made with the online application form.

How to Apply

List of the supporting documents to be attached to the application form:

  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Proof of place of residence ; Clarification as regards proof of residence: You will need to submit the following two documents:
    ⦁    a residence certificate issued in accordance with the candidate’s municipality normal registration rules (usually issued by the town council, or one of its offices, to attest the citizens residence. It may receive the name of “city registration”, “census certificate” or others), and
    ⦁    ii) a certificate from the candidate’s place of work, study or training issued by the employer or institution in question.
  • These docs must have been issued within 12 months before the submission deadline of applying for an EMJMD student scholarship.
  • 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;
  • Specific documents asked to attest language proficiency:
  • Students applying for the emiSS Master Degree must have at least a level B2 in English (European Language Levels: CEFR – Europass). Adequate English knowledge means that the applicant has achieved a specific minimum grade in an internationally recognized test or equivalent. The different types of proof of such an achievement which are accepted are as follows:
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) — at least level 6.0
    at least 78 credit points in the new internet-based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • Official certificate of Level B2 according to the Common European Framework (CEF).
  • Declaration of honour
  • Other additional documents you may consider relevant for the evaluation of your application (publications, proof of refugee status, etc.)
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Deadline:  Applications close on February 15, 2021.


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