Fully Funded Master Scholarships in Islands and Sustainability

The University of Groningen (the Netherlands), the University of the Aegean (Greece), the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) and the University of Iceland jointly announce the new Erasmus+ Mundus Joint Master Degree Programme in Islands and Sustainability (acronym: ISLANDS).

Islands are special cases for Sustainable Development.

Within the current global economic and social system islands in many cases face economic, social, political and cultural marginalization unless they cooperate.
Cooperation is needed in research and education on the ways to manage islands and raise capacity building in island communities.
Understanding the problems and finding effective ways to develop the potential of small islands requires international academic cooperation that looks beyond the specifics of individual islands.
There is clearly a demand for a high quality Masters programme on sustainable development on islands that can enhance much required training and expertise in this field. This is why the University of Groningen, the University of the Aegean, the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the University of Iceland have joined forces to launch a high-level integrated study programme on islands at Master level.
Programme Summary – Fully Funded Master Scholarships in Islands and Sustainability

The ISLANDS programme combines thorough training in scientific research with a thematic specialization on Islands and Sustainability.

It also provides multi-faceted training of research skills for social science and environmental research, including Individual Research Training by senior staff and training to work in a multi- and interdisciplinary research group.
It involves taking a series of qualitative, quantitative and multi-method courses, as well as, courses on Scientific Reading, Debating and Reflecting, Scientific English Writing and Research Process.
ISLANDS students will be required to study at the University of Groningen in the first semester of the first year of the programme.
During the second semester of the first year they study at one of the island-based universities of the consortium where they undertake Research Training and a Research Internship Module.
Then, they return to Groningen for the first semester of their second year before going again to the same island-based university to undertake their Master thesis project in the second semester of the second year.
ISLANDS graduates receive a double-degree from the University of Groningen (including an acknowledgement that this is an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master degree involving all partner universities) and the island-based University in which the graduate spends the second half of the second year of their studies and the second half of the second semester of the first year.
The ISLANDS programme is also supported by six associated partners comprising academic institutions, a research institute, an SME and NGOs (including Geoparks in Iceland and on Lesvos).
The ISLANDS programme combines thorough training in scientific research with a thematic specialization on Islands and Sustainability.
It also provides multi-faceted training of research skills for social science and environmental research, including Individual Research Training by senior staff and training to work in a multi- and interdisciplinary research group. It involves taking a series of qualitative, quantitative and multi-method courses, as well as, courses on Scientific Reading, Debating and Reflecting, Scientific English Writing and Research Process.
ISLANDS students will be required to study at the University of Groningen in the first semester of the first year of the programme. During the second semester of the first year they study at one of the island-based universities of the consortium where they undertake Research Training and a Research Internship Module. Then, they return to Groningen for the first semester of their second year before going again to the same island-based university to undertake their Master thesis project in the second semester of the second year.
ISLANDS graduates receive a double-degree from the University of Groningen (including an acknowledgement that this is an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master degree involving all partner universities) and the island-based University in which the graduate spends the second half of the second year of their studies and the second half of the second semester of the first year.
The ISLANDS programme is also supported by six associated partners comprising academic institutions, a research institute, an SME and NGOs (including Geoparks in Iceland and on Lesvos). Fully Funded Master Scholarships in Islands and Sustainability
For the next cohort 20 Erasmus Mundus scholarships for NON EU and 8 for EU will be available.

A full scholarship for non EU students includes:

The full tuition fees (9000€/year)
A monthly allowance for living expenses of 1000€/month
Installation fee: 1000€ (lump sum at arrival)
Travel expenses (3000€/year – lump sum)
A health insurance (value 500€/year)
A full scholarship for EU students includes :

The full tuition fees (4000€/year)
A monthly allowance for living expenses of 1000€/month
Travel costs : 1000€/year
A health insurance 500€/year
Consortium Scholarships

The consortium offers scholarships for EU and NON EU candidates applying for the course.
The number (3-4/intake) and amount of scholarships will be fixed according to the fund availability.

It will be distributed according to the candidate CV’s quality and their motivation.
A full scholarship is not given.
We prefer to give partial scholarships to several students instead of full ones to only a few.

The Consortium scholarship may include (one or two of the following, not all):

• Tuition fees (up to 9000€ / year, valid for 2 years).

• Free Health insurance.

• Travels: up to 500€.

• Monthly allocation for living and housing (200-300€/month).

Academic Scholarships

Academic Scholarships are granted to excellent applicants.

These scholarships will cover a part of tuition fees and about 500€ / month for EU students and 850€ / month for non EU students.

Additional scholarships are available depending on the program country and other factors.
For more information and application details, see; https://islandsmaster.eu/

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