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The application form for Edition 11 is now CLOSED! 

Types of applications based on funding


There are three kinds of applicants for the EMMIR programme: scholarship applicants, non-fee paying self-funded applicants and fee paying self-funded applicants.


To learn more about the scholarship and two types of self-funded students, please see the Costs and Funding page. This will be important to know for your application process.

Scholarship and non-fee paying self-funded applicants

Submission deadline: 15 January 2023 

Admission: beginning/mid April 2022

Fee-paying self-funded applicants

Submission deadline: first come first serve, until study places are assigned.

Admission: 30 days after application, at latest 15 August 2023

Application Procedures 

An overview of the application steps: 

  1. Applicants register in eConsort.

  2. Applicants complete the eConsort online application & submit before 15 January 2023 23:59 CET.

  3. Applicants receive a confirmation email.

  4. EMMIR team evaluates applications as they are received.

  5. In April, the EMMIR Selection Board will meet and decide about the admissions/waiting list. Successful scholarship and non-fee paying self-funded applicants will receive their admission by 30/04/2023.

  6. Successful fee paying self-funded applicants who apply after March/April 2023 will receive their admission approx. 30 days after submission

  7. Successful applicants have 10 days to send certified true hardcopies of the application documents & proof of this to emmir(at) (see below).

  8. Reserve list students may receive admission in May if accepted students reject the offer. 

  9. EMMIR Team verifies the hard copies of the documents.

  10. Student Registration and Enrolment process begins.

  11. Edition 11's programme starts on 01 September 2023.

Online application 

EMMIR uses the management platform eConsort to collect applications. Only after registering therein with your name and email address you will be able to access the online application form. Please click the button below to register on eConsort:



The application form must be completed online by filling in all the indicated text fields IN ENGLISH; you will be able to complete it section-by-section, and return to continue at a later time (following this link); all data will be saved to our database. It is required to provide complete and correct answers to the questions in the application form.

In eConsort, to navigate between the tabs/categories please click on the related header. To insert information, please click on the relevant 'edit' icon (grey pencil) and confirm the data by clicking the "save" button.

Please enter your full name(s) as they appear in your passport. We request that you are completely consistent in the use of your personal details in future correspondence. We produce future documentation (e.g. admission letter, correspondence with embassies and consulates, certificates, diplomas) based on the information provided in this application form in eConsort. 


Make sure that all personal information corresponds to the attached documents and certificates which should be all uploaded as PDF documents only. As soon as you filled-in at least the obligatory boxes you will be able to submit the form. Please note that once you have submitted your online form you will not be able to make changes.

The EMMIR consortium will verify the authenticity of the provided documents, especially your previous diplomas and transcripts. Presenting fraudulent documents or other forms of cheating will bar you from admission and future application procedures.

The online application requests that you document your "knowledge in the field". This requires you to document your knowledge of migration studies, intercultural relations, and empirical methods, such as modules completed, papers, essays, examinations, and so on. The allowance for this section is maximum 480 characters, so please write concisely. If you do not have extensive previous knowledge of migration studies, intercultural relations, and empirical methods, please visit the Migration 101 page. EMMIR has compiled a list of resources which you can use to inspire your application. However, we recommend that you do not write an 'academic-style' text or cite these resources in your application, but rather use it to reflect on the bigger questions related to your interests in this programme.

An important part of your online application is choosing between the funding options and correctly applying as a 'Erasmus+ scholarship student', a 'non-fee paying self-funded student', or 'fee paying self-funded student' (as outlined above, and on our Costs and Funding page).

There is no need for a reference letter. We only ask for the email addresses of references. References can be professional or academic, but we do not accept not character references. 

Once you have submitted your online form you will not be able to make changes. You will receive a confirmation email but please note that, unfortunately, for reasons beyond our control, the University of Oldenburg system is not compatible with email providers from the Outlook family (Hotmail, Outlook, etc.). Please use alternative email providers (GMail, Yahoo Mail, etc.) for all your communication with EMMIR. 

Required Documentation for the Online Application

The online application form requires the applicant to upload the following documents in PDF form:

  • Clear copy of a valid passport

  • CV

  • Statement of Purpose, clarifying your motivation to study the course (1 to 2 pages max.)

  • First university degree diploma and transcript and other relevant degrees (certified true copies)*

  • Documentation of language proficiency (certified true copies or originals; in case of IELTS: copy showing test ID #)

  • Other relevant documentation and references

Paper version is required ONLY for admitted applicants

Please note that the online application is the basis for admission notification. Nevertheless, a hard copy of the online application and the supporting documents will need to be sent (not received) to us through regular mail or courier service within 10 days after you receive your admission notification by e-mail. A proof of dispatch by mail or courier service, preferably including a tracking number, must be sent by e-mail to emmir(at) within the 10 days as proof. We strongly advise the use of services that allow delivery tracking. Your final admission letter and registration as a student will depend on the delivery and our verification of the hard copy of your application. 

Please note: Late, incomplete, or irregular documents will lead to a cancellation of the admission. If the irregularities are found out at a later stage, it is at the discretion of UOL to determine the consequences. Please be aware that any scholarship payments you might have received by then will have to be fully returned by you, and there will be no compensation for expenses you had (e.g. travel or accommodation). If you have any concerns about your application, please reach out to us here


Required Documentation for Admission

Once the notification of successful admission has been sent, the applicant has 10 days to send hardcopies of the following documents:

  • Print out of the electronic application form, dated and signed on the last page

  • Clear, readable copy of valid passport

  • Certified true copy of first university degree and other relevant degrees

  • Documentation of language proficiency

  • Other relevant documentation


A proof of dispatch by mail or courier service, preferably including a tracking number, must be sent by e-mail to the EMMIR Team within the 10 days. ONLY admitted applicants will have to send the hard copies of their documents.

All documents must be submitted in English. Documents which are not originally in English must be accompanied by an authorised translation of the original. Please note that only the transcript and the diploma, when in German, are accepted in this language.


If you apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship you are expected to provide documentation of a finalised first degree by the deadline. A preliminary transcript with your final grade and stating that you finalised the degree is accepted. A final degree must be presented by the time of enrolment.


We urge you not to use folders - plastic or other - to combine your documents. For sending your application package we strongly advise to use a service that allows you to track the delivery as your proof of dispatch and for us to verify delivery.

Certified True Copies

University degrees and transcripts must be sent either as originals (which we do not advise) or as certified true copies. An official stamp with date and signature is required. In general, attestation by a local embassy, the police, a notary public, or municipal administration agency is accepted. Failure to provide all the necessary documents disqualifies you as applicant and you will not be registered as student.  


* The authorities that provide certified true copies vary from country to country. It is important that you inform yourself on who does it and where is this procedure taken care of in your country. The stamps given by the relevant authorities also differ. Please inform yourself where to access certified true copy stamps, such as a notary public or local embassies. A Google search for 'certified true copy + your country' may be able help you find some answers.


As we are not able to return your documents, we advise you to send certified true copies instead of originals. 



Please send your full application to:


EMMIR c/o University of Oldenburg

Building V03-03-S332

Faculty III - School of Linguistics and Cultural Studies

Ammerländer Heerstraße 114-118

26129 Oldenburg

Niedersachsen, Germany



During the selection process our team can only reply to emails from applicants related to information or issues which ARE NOT addressed in our website especially our frequently asked questions page. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY and thoroughly all the information and requirements and apply with enough time. Consultations by phone will be available only when previously agreed on by email.

Submission deadlines are as follow:

  • 15 January 2023 for scholarship and non-fee paying self-funded applicants

  • 15 July 2023 for fee paying self-funded applicants (depending on the availability of study places)

        (All deadlines are 23.59 hrs CET) 


Admission and Reserve List

There is a limited number of admissions for candidates with top scores according to our application scoring framework. If admitted candidates do not accept their study place, we will offer positions to students on the reserve list.

If you are successful, we will inform you with a personal email notification by April. If applicable, we will contact candidates who move up from the reserve list in May. Candidates who have not been selected will receive notification in July from the UOL admission Office. Please do not contact the EMMIR office with individual requests. All applicants (both selected and non-selected) will be informed of the selection procedure outcome in due course.


The programme's Intensive Phase starts on Monday, 4 September 2023. Be sure to arrive in Oldenburg the week before as enrolment and orientation days for new EMMIR students will take place on the week before the Intensive Phase starts, respectively September 1 and 2, 2023​. Once you have successfully been admitted into the programme, please read through the Next Steps page.

Covid-19 and Edition 11

EMMIR is planning on conducting in-person classes for Edition 11 (autumn 2023). All admitted applicants are expected to arrive in Oldenburg, Germany prior to or on 01 September 2023. We are preparing for some hybrid elements in the first semester only for those who, due to force majeure (e.g. travel bans from specific countries), are unable to join us. EMMIR is not offering online learning for Edition 11, and it is not possible to choose to begin the EMMIR programme remotely. Special exceptions for hybrid learning will be given on an individual basis due to extenuating circumstances of individuals affected by the pandemic.

Please note: This is based on the current expectations with regard to the development of the pandemic in 2023. We will monitor the situation and if necessary change our policy. Updates will be communicated here.

Special needs and inclusivity

We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, regardless of gender, (dis)ability, marital or parental status, racial, ethnic or social origin, skin colour, religion, belief, or sexual orientation. In addition, during the various stages of the application process and the steps after admission, specific measures can be taken to ensure equal opportunities for candidates with disabilities or special needs.

We would like to encourage you to contact us to in advance to discuss early on what individualised assistance EMMIR should provide and how this can be done in the various partner universities. There are also financial means in place to provide such assistance. Consultations are open to all prospective students (and their families) who are disabled or impaired in studying, both physically or psychologically. Prospective students are invited to inform the coordinator of special requirements during the application process. Please be assured that all information applicants provide will be treated as confidential and it will not lead to any disadvantages in the evaluation of the application.

Assistance during the EMMIR programme

EMMIR applies an equal opportunities policy to enable the participation of students with additional needs of all kinds. EMMIR's examination procedures does not consist of written exams but students are instead evaluated based on their completed essays and research papers. Our team is also ready to provide adjustments, both in terms of the physical and teaching services that we offer. All of the European institutions represented in the consortium, as well as Wits in South Africa, are barrier-free and promote universal access. The other African and the Indian partners also strive to support students and scholars with special needs.


For more questions and details about the scope of special needs assistance and services please email us at emmir(at)

Ideal Applicants

EMMIR receives many applications. Therefore, we'd like you to ensure that your application includes all the necessary documents, that your online and printed applications match, and that you as a candidate meet our minimum requirements for admittance. To make your application as competitive as possible, please read through our website carefully (including our Migration 101 page) and reach out with any questions.

Last page update: January 2023

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