Application

Eligibility criteria

  • Admission requirements

    ​Admission decisions are based on a combination of factors, including academic degrees and records, the statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, test scores, language skills and relevant work experience, if any. We also consider the appropriateness of your goals to the FUSION-EP programme. In addition, consideration may be given to the potential contribution of your background and life experience to student diversity.

    The minimum requirements are the following:

    • A bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution (minimum 3 year full time study or 180 ECTS credits) in physics or engineering (nuclear, materials, chemical, electrical). Applicants with another degree but with experience or knowledge in one of the above fields can be admitted by the FUSION-EP Steering Committee on the basis of their curriculum, CV or other credentials. Students who are in the process of obtaining a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) are welcome to apply, but the degree has to be obtained by the start of the academic year following the application deadline.

    • Sufficient knowledge in classical and modern physics, including the necessary mathematical and computer programming skills. Applicants with gaps in skills, competencies or knowledge are not automatically excluded from the selection procedure. However, if selected, these students may be requested to follow a mandatory additional training in the identified topics.

      In particular, minimum knowledge is required about the topics listed below, as testified by course credits:

      • Quantum mechanics, at a level comparable to that of the following edition: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, by Brian Harold Bransden, C J Joachain (ISBN: 047021161X)
      • Statistical physics and thermodynamics, at a level comparable to that of the following edition: Statistical Physics, by Mandl, (ISBN10: 0471915335 or ISBN13: 9780471915331)
      • Electromagnetism, at a level comparable to that of the following edition: Classical Electrodynamics, by J.D. Jackson (ISBN: 0-471-30932-X)

    • A satisfactory academic average and ranking within the peer group. There is in principle no minimum level, but your academic performance plays an important role in the ranking.

    Please note:

    • An application will not be considered if the transcript of records of the last two academic years has not been uploaded.
    • A GRE test on physics is recommended, especially if you have studied at a non-European university.

  • Language requirements

    All applicants must provide proof that they master the English language at a level allowing them to successfully follow the programme. The reference level C1, as defined within the Common European Framework of Reference for languages (CEFR), is required. The following will be accepted as proof:

    • Proof of successful completion of an English language test, with the following minimum requirements for a few common language tests (the EF SET test will not be taken into account, as it tests only receptive skills):

      • A minimum score of 94 at the TOEFL iBT
      • A minimum score of 7.0 at the IELTS, with a minimum of 6.0 for each part
      • Level C1 at the Cambridge English tests

    • Proof of having obtained at least 120 ECTS (corresponding to two academic years) in a primarily English-based curriculum at an institute for higher education

    • Proof of English as a native speaker

  • Country of origin

    Students from all countries can apply. The selection procedure does not make any distinction between EU students and students coming from outside the EU.

    However, the distribution of EMJMD scholarships among 'programme countries' and 'partner countries' follows the rules specified here.

  • EMJMD scholarship eligibility

    A limited number of full scholarships (enrolment fee + travel & installation lump sums + monthly allowance) is available for the top-ranked students.

    The distribution of EMJMD scholarships among 'programme countries' and 'partner countries' follows the rules specified here.

    Students who have previously obtained an EMJMD scholarship or an Erasmus Mundus Master Course / Joint Doctorate scholarship are not eligible to apply for an additional scholarship under the EMJMD action. EMJMD scholarship holders cannot benefit from another EU-funded scholarship scheme to follow the same EMJMD course, and this for the entire period of the course.

Selection procedure

The deadline to apply to the FUSION-EP programme and to an EMJMD scholarship is generally around early February. The candidates are evaluated by the FUSION-EP Steering Committee by mid March. Applications are either accepted, put on a reserve list for scholarship or on a waiting list, or rejected. The candidates will be informed about the decision by email. The candidates on the reserve list are automatically admitted without scholarship. In case a candidate accepted for a scholarship decides not to join the programme, the top candidate on the reserve list will be proposed his/her scholarship. This will be done for each resigning candidate.

A second selection round may be organized for candidates not applying for an EMJMD scholarship. If such a campaign is opened, the deadline for the application is in May. Candidates will be informed about the decision by email by end of June / beginning of July.

Selected candidates must confirm their participation within one week of the notification. They must start the registration procedure at their host University with the help of the local coordinator.

Rejected candidates can appeal in the next 14 days after notification.

Documents required for application

All documents must be in English, or in one of the Consortium languages. All documents translated to English must come with a copy of the original document. Translations do not need to be certified.

CV

A CV in English. A good template can be found here.

Cover letter

A one-page letter presenting basic information about yourself and the statement of your motivation.

A full list of all courses and transcripts of grades

Courses you followed during your bachelor studies (the last 3 or 4 years) and your corresponding academic results or grades.

Bachelor’s or master’s degree certificate / diploma

If not yet available, the expected date should be mentioned in your CV and supported by the official transcript of records from your university.

Passport

A passport for non-EU students that is valid at least 12 months after arriving in your host country.

Proof of English proficiency

Proof of successful completion of an official international language test (so no national language test) like TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge (the EF SET test will not be taken into account, as it tests only receptive skills). See the language requirements for the minimum required scores or levels. Students who can demonstrate that they are native English speakers, or that they have obtained at least 120 ECTS (corresponding to two academic years) in a primarily English-based curriculum at an institute for higher education, are exempted from this language test requirement.

Key dates

Deadline for the next application

15 Feb. 2024

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