Each year we will select a number of PhD candidates for ERASMUS MUNDUS scholarships, and some others for PhD projects financed by other funding sources.
The ERASMUS MUNDUS scholarships are divided in Categories A and B, which have different criteria for eligibility:
Category A: (5+1 scholarships in 2013) Candidates from countries outside of the "EU+", who are not residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, work, etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years inside the "EU+". EXCEPTION: Third country candidates who have received an ERASMSUS MUNDUS masters scholarship.
("+1" means: one scholarship is reserved for Western Balkan Countries and Turkey)
Category B: (3 scholarships in 2013) Everybody else (most "EU+" based students). For Category B candidates, the two countries of PhD work must be different from the country in which the doctoral candidate has obtained his/her last university degree.
("EU+" means 27 EU countries plus Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein)
For each Category A and B we will prepare a ranked selection list of candidates. For the ranking of candidates we use the folling criteria:
|Academic records & training in Materials Science||40%|
|Research experience related to the specific project||25%|
|Reputation/ranking of home institution*||15%|
In order to finalise the ranking, the candidates at the top of the selection list will then be invited to an interview via telephone or videoconference. We then submit our list to the European Commission (EACEA Agency) which has to approve our selection.
*For calculation of the 'home institution' score we use the 'overall' Shanghai ranking (see this website) and the following table:
|Shanghai overall world ranking||IDS FunMat score|
|1 – 15||15|
|15 - 30||14|
|30 - 50||13|
|50 - 100||12|
|100 – 150||10|
|150 – 200||8|
|200 – 300||6|
|300 – 400||4|
|400 – 500||3|
|Over 500 (not in list)||2|