Erasmus Mundus Master Scholarships in Astronomy and Astrophysics, AstroMundus, Europe


AstroMundus is a 2-years Erasmus Mundus Masters Course (120 ECTS) in Astronomy and Astrophysics offered by a consortium of 5 partner universities in 4 different countries: Austria, Italy, Germany, and Serbia.

Its main objective is to provide top-ranked students with an excellent background in Astrophysics, to introduce them to the world of modern astrophysical research, and foster their future career in this field. At the same time, in the spirit of the Erasmus Mundus programmes, we promote cultural exchanges between Third Country and European students and academics.

AstroMundus students carry out their master studies in at least 2 and up to four of these countries, in a stimulating and scientifically excellent international environment.

The official language of the course is English, but students are given the possibility to learn the languages of the host countries by attending language courses at the partner universities.

Successful students will be awarded a Joint Master Degree by all partner universities they have visited during the Master studies.

In addition they will obtain a Diploma Supplement to facilitate the recognition of their degree in other universities/countries.

At the end of each 2-years cycle of the Master Programme the best master thesis of the cycle will be awarded a prize.

 

AstroMundus offers an excellent educational level in all branches of Astrophysics, as insured by the wide variety of expertise in the field covered by this international partnership. The main topics covered by the Master programme are:

  • Galactic Astrophysics (the Sun and the Solar system, the Milky Way, stellar evolution, the interstellar medium)
  • Extrasolar planets
  • Extragalactic Astrophysics (galaxies, galaxy evolution, galaxy clusters, intra-cluster medium, star formation)
  • Active Galactic Nuclei (including accretion theory, relativistic jets, modelling)
  • Cosmology (including observational cosmology, galaxy surveys, gravitational lensing, very early universe)
  • Particle Cosmology
  • Astroparticle Physics
  • Gravitational waves
  • Observational astrophysics from the ground and from space
  • Computational astrophysics (N-body simulations, magneto-hydrodynamic simulations)

Who can apply

Eligibility: Students
The “Astrophysics” Erasmus Mundus Masters Course is open to students of all nationalities that fulfill these minimum requirements:

Hold a Bachelor degree in Physics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, or Mathematics (or a recognized Degree that certifies an equivalent amount of learning in the same field, quantified as 3 years of previous studies corresponding to at least 180 credits in the European Credit Transfer System) or expect to obtain it latest by August of the starting year of the Masters Course (i.e. by August 2014 for the course starting in September 2014);

Have a good and certified knowledge of the English language (the certification is not necessary for native speakers). Check the list of accepted tests and scores.

All students that come from a country of the European Union or an EEA-EFTA State (Iceland, Norway, and Liechtenstein) or students that either are residents or have carried out their main activity (study, work, etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last 5 years (as of Feb 28th, 2014) in one of these countries can apply for a scholarship in the category “European students” (Category B).

All other students, including students coming from Switzerland, Turkey, and Western Balkan Countries (Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo under UNSC Resolution 1244-99, and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia) can apply for a scholarship in the category “Third Country students” (Category A).

Students who fulfill the requirements of both categories (e.g. students with a double nationality) must select one of the two categories!

Eligibility: Academics
The “Astrophysics” Erasmus Mundus Masters Course invites Third Country academics of all nationalities to apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship to carry out activities of teaching and/or research at one of our four European consortium universities in the framework of the Masters Course for short periods that range from a minimum of 2 weeks to a maximum of 3 months.

European academics are eligible for Erasmus Mundus scholarships only if they are members of one of the four European consortium universities and wish to spend a period at the University of Belgrade (our Third Country partner).
Applicants should bear in mind that English is the official language of the Masters Course.
The minimum requirements for eligibility are:
Holding a PhD or equivalent
Having a long-standing experience of teaching at graduate level

The same definitions of “European” and “Third Country” given above for students apply for academics as well.

Important deadlines
Applications will be accepted till November 30th, 2013.

For more information, please visit official website: www.astromundus.eu.

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