The Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral SEED Fellowships in Engineering 2017

Publish Date: Nov 24, 2016

Deadline: Jan 05, 2017

About the fellowship

Call for SEED fellowships 2017 opens on 20 October 2016 and closes on 5 January 2017.
The Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate SEED provides in-depth training in the development and implementation of new state-of-the-art computational techniques for the modelling and solution of cutting-edge engineering problems in industry. Research will be carried out one or more up-to-date techniques such as:

Discontinuous Galerkin (DG)
Fluid Structure Interaction (FI)
Isogeometric analysis
Mesh-free methods
Mortar Methods
Error estimation
Multi-scale analysis
Mesh generation

SEED program aims to meet industry current needs, where early product prototyping and development is now entirely carried out through numerical modelling, prior to physical experimentation of a few selected designs. The complexities of such models require new computational approaches, which are the main focus of SEED research activities. As a result, SEED candidates aim to cover important areas in engineering which include:

Biomedical engineering: vascular system, respiratory system, tissue engineering.
Civil engineering: soil stability, foundations, earthquake engineering, durability.
Aerospace engineering: composite materials, turbulence analysis, aerodynamics.
Environmental engineering: noise analysis, pollution analysis, risk management.

Students will be also taught to develop core entrepreneurial skills to successfully move ideas into commercial practice through a series of transversal entrepreneurship modules, as part of their training. Doctoral students will be immersed in an innovation environment through interaction with newly established R&D spin-offs hosted within specialist incubator units.

Admission requirements

All admitted PhD students will have to satisfy the following minimum requirements:

Degree equivalent to a Masters in Engineering or in Applied Mathematics, Physics or a similar science based subject, equivalent to at least 300 ECTS *.
Non-native English speaking candidates will be required a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (in both the written and oral)
* 1 ECTS = 25-30 hours of work, 60 ECTS =1 year of studies

Application instructions

Registration and application to the doctorate fellowship must be completed through the online process:
Access to the virtual center.
All applicants must fill the application form, which must be submitted between 15th October and 6th January, jointly with the following required documentation:

Degree classification and diploma supplement or academic transcript of Bachelor + Master degree
Two letters of recommendation (optional)
A complete Curriculum Vitae (CV)
IELTS or similar internationally recognised English language proficiency score.

Each application must introduce only one application.


  • Application form submission: 15th October – 5th January (yearly).
  • Selection process, phase 1 (shortlist): 5th January – 28th February (yearly).
  • Selection process, phase 2 (selection of admitted students and grantees): by April (yearly).

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Application instructions

Registration and application to the doctorate fellowship must be completed through the following steps:
1) Register to the virtual center, and attach the following required documentation:
- Degree classification and diploma supplement or academic transcript
- Two letters of recommendation (optional)
- A complete Curriculum Vitae (CV)
- IELTS or similar internationally recognised English language proficiency score.
2) Fill and submit the online application form

All the steps must be completed yearly by the submission deadline, 5th January.
Information relating to individuals (personal data) is collected and used in accordance with the Regulation (EC) No 45/2001 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions and bodies and on the free movement of such data, OJ L8 of 12.1.2001, p. 1.

By sending an application you agree on sharing your personal data with the EACEA agency. Your information may be used by other bodies involved in the management of E+: Erasmus Mundus (i.e. European Commission, National Structures, EU Delegations, Student and Alumni Association) for facilitations the doctoral candidate access to the joint programme.

Which are the enrolment deadlines of the PhD studies?
PhD candidates that apply for the EMJD-SEED program between October and January year n, must enrol in their Primary Institution between August year n+1, and March year n+2. 

I have taken a master course which is fully taught in English. Do I still need to prove my English skills and pass the IELTS
No, students that have a degree in an Erasmus Mundus master course or any another Master which is fully taught in English already meet the language requirements. 

I have studied a master course in a European country. Can I spend part of my EM Doctorate in this country?
EMJD-SEED doctoral candidates will visit 2 European countries during their training/research periods, but these countries must be different from the country in which the doctoral candidate has obtained his/her last university degree. However, doctoral candidates with a joint, multiple or double degree can select the award country of their choice. 

I have studied a Erasmus Mundus Master course. Can I still be considered a Category A student?
Yes. Students that have studied an Erasmus Mundus Master Course can be considered Category A student even if they have spent more than 12 months in Europe over the last 5 years. 

I am currenty finishing an internship as part of my master's degree. Can I apply to the EMJD-SEED programme?
One of the requirements of the PhD candidates is to have a Master's degree, and include the full transcript of their marks. This information must be submitted by the admission deadline. If the degree (or a temporary certificate indicating that the whole master has been completed) is not submitted, the application will not be considered. The consortium encourages those students with uncompletted transcript to apply for the SEED programme in the next academic year. 

I am finishing the Master degree oneor two months after the deadline. Can I still apply?
Yes, but you must send a supporting document from your university stating the expected date for completing your Master of Science. Note that if you don't finish before the programme starts (September) then you will lose your fellowship. 

Are there any exceptions to the "12-month rule" applicable to Category A doctoral candidate fellowships?
Yes. Former Erasmus Mundus Masters course scholarship-holders are exempted from the 12-month rule (for the time that they spent in Europe studying for an Erasmus Mundus Masters course) and may apply for category A fellowships. 

I have an old TOEFL/IELTS test do I have to re-take it?
We will accept older TOEFL/IELTS tests, but it cannot be older than 5 years. 

After we submit the application form and required documents at the virtual center of the SEED program, do we still have/need to send hard copies of application form and documents by regular post?
No, all the application process must be completed online. There is no need to send hardcopies by regular mail or to send them by email. 

I am a Category B student. In which countries can I spend my docotrate activities?
The two countries visited during the SEED activities must be different from the country in which you have obtained your last university degree. If you have a joint, multiple, or double degree, you can select the award country of your choice. 

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