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Apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship to study a masters in Migration and Intercultural Relations

The European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations is happy to announce the opening of applications for the 11th edition of EMMIR.

Apply for Europe's most prestigious scholarship, the Erasmus Mundus grant, to receive a two-year degree in migration and intercultural relations with the EMMIR programme. We accept applicants from students from all over the world.

EMMIR students study in Germany and Norway in their first year, and then can choose to study in South Africa, Uganda, Sudan, Czech Republic, Slovenia, or India in year 2.

The portal where prospective scholarship students can apply will open on 21 October 2022 and stay open until 15 January 2023 at 23:59 CET. Self-funded students can continue to apply after this closing date until all places are full.

What is the EMMIR programme?

The European Master in Migration and Intercultural Relations (EMMIR) is two-year Erasmus Mundus migration studies course and is jointly run by three African, four European, and two Asian partners, facilitated by a wider network of associate partners.

EMMIR is a unique study programme focusing on migration through an intercultural approach. It equips students with profound theoretical and methodological skills in migration studies and allows them to conduct fieldwork primarily in Asian, African, and European contexts. It is designed as a multidisciplinary two-year master’s programme (120 ECTS) that addresses important contemporary issues in a still emerging field of study.

As an EMMIR student, you will become acquainted with different cultures and academic traditions and gain knowledge about migration issues in academic settings and in internships. You will gain profound skills and specialise in one of the programme foci, this will provide you with excellent chances for employment in national and international governmental and private sector organisations or in academia.

Erasmus Mundus scholarship for EMMIR

Winners of the prestigious Erasmus+ grant are chosen based on merit. They will receive a monthly scholarship of 1400€ for 24 months plus health insurance, university registration, and student service fees will be covered.

Scholarship holders are required to cover the cost of mobility (e.g. travel, visa, vaccinations, residence permit fees) according to the obligatory EMMIR mobility path from their monthly stipends. There are no additional payments for travel and installation.

What is it like to be an EMMIRian?

EMMIR students lead exciting academic, professional, and personal lives over the two years of their degree programmes. Student mobility is one of the programme’s crucial features, meaning that students spend every semester on a different mobility path. EMMIR begins in Oldenburg, Germany, and in the second semester, all students move to Stavanger, Norway.

In the third semester, students attend the partner university of their choice, they complete courses and a project-based internship. Before the final semester, a joint proposal colloquium leads to the formation of supervision groups continuing in the fourth semester in order to support the research and thesis writing.

Learn more about what it's like to be an EMMIRian on our EMMIR Life page, read about what our alumni are up to after graduation here, and make sure to check out our blog posts to hear directly from previous students!

How can you apply for the EMMIR programme?

EMMIR is a competitive programme and we have thorough processes to select top candidates for our scholarship and self-funded placements. The application process is coordinated by UOL and supported by the EConsort application manager online. The final admission decision is taken by the selection committee consisting of members of all nine partner institutions.

To be an eligible candidate for the EMMIR programme, you should have:

  • a first degree in a field relevant to migration studies (or be able to convincingly justify why you are switching fields),

  • a final grade from your last degree minimum of C+ or equivalent,

  • proficiency in English or a second language if English is your native language,

  • a last degree from no more than 5 years ago (or be able to convincingly justify why you are returning to your studies), and

  • knowledge of migration studies, intercultural relations, and empirical methods.

These requirements should be clearly addressed in your application documents as well as in your Statement of Purpose.

Life after EMMIR

Graduates of the EMMIR programme receive a joint Master's degree in Migration and Intercultural Relations, issued by the University of Oldenburg.

Alumni of our programme lead successful careers in academia as well as the private and public sectors, with many working in prestigious organisations around the world such as the UN Refugee Agency, International Organization for Migration, International Labour Organisation, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (German Development Agency), International Committee of the Red Cross, World Food Programme, Plan International, Caritas, Red Cross, and more.

Contact us for more information

For interested prospective students, we recommend you familiarise yourselves with our programme as much as possible, and you can find the updated application form here.

Please email emmir(at) with any questions you may have related to the admission and application processes.

Please note that the EMMIR team does not have any official WhatsApp groups, and we are not participating in nor monitoring any privately created groups. All official enquiries about applications to our programme should be directed to us via email.

Thank you for sharing this call for applications with your networks!

Tschüß from Oldenburg,

- The EMMIR Team


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