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Erasmus Mundus BioRef Master Programme Scholarships in Europe 2020

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The European Union invites applications for scholarships for the Erasmus Mundus BioRef Master Programme in Europe in 2020.

EuroBioRef, which stands for ‘European Multilevel Integrated Biorefinery Design for Sustainable Biomass Processing’, was a major European R&D project in the field of biomass conversion which came to an end at the end of 2013. The project included 29 partners in 15 countries and had a budget of € 38 million, of which € 23 million were donated by the European Commission under the FP7 research programme. The main goal of the EuroBioRef project was to develop a new highly integrated and diversified biorefinery concept including multiple feedstocks (non-edible), multiple processes (chemical, biochemical, thermochemical), and multiple products (aviation fuels and chemicals).

Since Eurobioref clearly demonstrated the lack of specialized, high-level workforce in the field of biorefineries, the logical continuation was the education of skilled individuals who would be able to interact and work in such new biomass-based industries, integrating its environmental impacts along the value chains. Building on the acquired experience and expertise, the four participating Universities have designed an integrated, highly effective two-year Master Programme of specialized education in biomass exploitation to multiple fuels and chemicals in an integrated sustainable biorefinery concept.

The programme has been designed to offer unique specialization to its students and skills that will make them attractive to the employment sector and ensure fast and high-quality employability in the labour market and/or in research (PhD).

Worth of Award

Students who are awarded an EMJMD scholarship will benefit from the following financial support:

Partner Country students Programme Country students

  • Contribution to Bioref participation costs 18 000€ (2-year full-time Master’s degree)
  • Contribution to travel costs 2 000€/year if place of residence is less than 4 000km from LAS* 3 000€/year if place of residence is more than 4 000km from LAS* Exception: 1000€/year, if you live in a Programme Country
  • Contribution to installation costs 1 000€ one time, cost Exception: 0€ if you live in a Programme Country
  • Living allowance (max. 24 months) 1 000€/month (not when in country of residence and max. 3 months in any Partner Country


If you are interested in applying for the Erasmus+ Master Programme in Bioref, please check if you meet the requirements below:

  • Awarded Bachelor of Science degree (min. 180 ECTS) in chemist, biochemist, chemical engineering and biology or related relevant fields.
  • Students in their last Bachelor year
  • Language proficiency: B2 in English except when English is your mother tongue. If not, please provide one of the following documents:
  • Official English test:
  • TOEFL 575 paper-based, 4,5 written, 190 computer-based, 90 internet-based (20 written)
  •  Cambridge or TOEIC, etc…
  • IELTS 6.5 no section below 5.5
  •  A University letter attesting English is the medium of instruction of your higher education
  • Application received before the end of the deadline
  • Application form filled out in English

How to Apply 

If you meet all requirements and want to apply to Bioref, the following list of documents will have to be attached to the application in a PDF format:

  • Copy of your diploma(s) / degree(s) certificate(s) (add an English translation if applicable) or enrolled certificate from your university (for last year students)
  • Copy of transcript of records for your whole degree and a grading scale (add an English translation if applicable)
  • If your ranking doesn’t appear on the transcript of records, a letter of your university attesting your ranking in the class
  • Copy of official language certificate attesting language skills in English
  • Curriculum Vitae in a European format
  • Passport (or valid ID document)
  • Proof of current and exact place of residence (see requirements below)
  • Two recommendation letters (no specific format)
  • Declaration of honour (download template)
  • Other documents you consider relevant for the application
  • The application form must be filled out in English
  • The online application procedure takes some time so make sure you have plenty of time to do it
  • Before starting your application, make sure you have all the required documents you will have to attach to your application and in a PDF format
  • All documents must be in English language. If it is not the case, add an English translation approved by your university or by an official translator
  • Don’t wait the last moment to apply or the platform might shut down due to too much applications received at the same time
  • After submission of your application, you will receive an automatic acknowledgement of receipt by e-mail
  • If you submit more than one application, we will only consider the most recent one

Candidates can apply for an EMJMD scholarship to any of the Erasmus+ Erasmus Mundus courses of their choice but for a given academic year the number of applications must be limited to maximum three different joint programme

Deadline: Applications are open until March 1, 2020


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