Fees and Funding
Fellowships and Grants
All applications to the DCGC will be treated equally, whether they are applications for Fellowships or applications from externally-funded applicants. In order to be admitted to the DCGC programme, all applicants must achieve high academic standards in their research proposal and demonstrate in both the proposal and accompanying documentation their capacity to undertake original and high-quality doctoral research to completion.
For every round of applications to the DCGC a number of Erasmus Mundus Fellowships will be awarded on the basis of this competitive selection process.
Because the competition for Fellowships is high, we also strongly encourage you to identify other sources of funding (‘external funding’) through your own local, national or regional scholarship/grant-finder web sites. Examples include Scholarshipportal.eu, the four national scholarship-finder websites of the DCGC consortium partners, and general websites such as Scholarships-Links.com, www.scholarshipnet.info, etc.
A maximum of 16 (including Fellowship and Externally-Funded candidates) will be selected for entry to the DCGC each year.
The timing of our first closing date for DCGC applications (8th January, 2013) is related to the award of Erasmus Mundus Fellowships. If you are applying for another scholarship or grant and the deadline date is prior to our closing date for DCGC applications then we can send a letter/email to your scholarship/grant organisation confirming that we have received an eligible application. By ‘eligible application’ we mean an application that fulfils the requirements of a suitable research proposal accompanied by all the right documentation, which will be entered into our competitive application process.
Erasmus Mundus Fellowships
Two different Erasmus Mundus Fellowships can be awarded to DCGC doctoral candidates:
Category A Fellowships can be awarded to non-European (i.e. not from the 27 EU member states, plus Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) doctoral candidates selected by the DCGC 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 in one of these countries (from 1st March 2008 onward, in this round of applications to the DCGC). This excludes shorter stays for holidays, etc. The only exception to this rule applies to third-country doctoral candidates who have previously received an Erasmus Mundus masters scholarship in order to follow an Erasmus Mundus Masters Course.
Category B Fellowships can be awarded to European (i.e. from the 27 EU member states, plus Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein) doctoral candidates selected by the DCGC as well as to any doctoral candidates selected by EMJD consortia who do not fulfil the Category A criteria defined above.
Erasmus Mundus Fellowship regulations
- Fellowship candidates fulfilling the eligibility criteria for both Category A and B – e.g. students with double nationality – must select the Category of their choice. As a result, they are entitled to apply only to one of the two categories of fellowship at a time.
- Individuals who have already benefited from an EMJD fellowship are not eligible for a second grant.
- Doctoral candidates benefiting from an EMJD fellowship cannot benefit from other EU grants while carrying out their Erasmus Mundus doctoral activities.
- Doctoral candidates can apply for an Erasmus Mundus Fellowship to the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral programme of their choice but the number of applications must be limited to maximum three different joint programmes.
- Candidates must spend at least two thirds of their doctoral programme in Europe for the period covered by the Fellowship.
- Without prejudice to high academic standards, in order to ensure geographical diversity among DCGC candidates, no more than two candidates with the same nationality will be awarded an Erasmus Mundus Fellowship in the same year of entry to the programme. In special cases the DCGC may wish to diverge from this criterion with the permission of the EACEA.
- Doctoral candidates holding an Erasmus Mundus fellowship must:
– Commit to participate in the doctoral programme in accordance with the terms defined by the consortium in the Doctoral candidate agreement . Failure to do so could lead to the cancellation of the fellowship;
– Perform their training/research periods in at least two of the universities represented in the DCGC; for Category B fellowship holders, two of the universities visited during DCGC activities must be different from the country in which the doctoral candidate has obtained his/her last university degree;
– Spend most of the doctoral training period in the European countries represented in the DCGC or among the associated partners. However, if the EMJD consortium includes third-country full and/or associated partners:
▪ Category A fellowship holders can spend a training/research/ fieldwork period of a maximum duration of one semester (or 6 months, cumulative or consecutive) in these countries; periods in excess of this duration may not be covered by the EMJD fellowship;
▪ Category B fellowship holders can spend up to one year (cumulative or consecutive) of their doctorate activities in these countries; periods in excess of this duration may not be covered by the EMJD fellowship.
Please note that the Erasmus Mundus Fellowship restrictions do NOT apply to Externally-Funded DCGC candidates
The Erasmus Mundus Fellowship provides
living costs €2,800 (gross) per month
an amount will be deducted for social insurance and related costs
living costs include all subsistence, travel and accommodation in all parts of the DCGC programme (except in the special travel grants associated with Category A and Category B Fellowships – see below) Note
The monthly allowance amount may be increased in order to help cover the additional costs of doctoral candidates with special needs. The DCGC will inform the Agency accordingly during the application process. Applicants with special needs should contact us prior to submitting their application.
Category A Fellowships €7,500 total over the three years
For relocation costs, etc. From this grant Category A Fellows may spend a training/research/fieldwork period of a maximum duration of one semester (or 6 months, cumulative or consecutive) at one of our non-European university associates
Category B Fellowships €3,000 total over the three years
Specified for mobility to one of our non-European university associates for up to one year/two semesters
Please see the EACEA Erasmus Mundus web site for further details of the Fellowships
Those awarded an Erasmus Mundus Fellowship do not pay fees (because they are included in the EU grant)
Those in receipt of External Funding (will pay fees, or will have their fees paid by the grant/scholarship/award organisation (it is the responsibility of the applicant to check this) as follows.
Non-European candidates €14,500
European candidates € 6,000
('European': 27 EU member countries plus Norway,Iceland and Liechtenstein)