Saturday, 1 February 2020

Erasmus Mundus Scholarship: Recent Experience of a Scholarship Holder


How Will You Receive Fully Funded Erasmus Mundus Scholarship? A Recent & Real Experience from the Scholarship Holder

I have already shared my opinion and experience on DAAD Scholarships and in this post, I will talk about Erasmus Mundus Scholarships. In the last week of December 2017, I sat to apply to Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD). I applied to three masters programs under the Erasmus Mundus funded scholarships. All applications were online so I did not get problems.
Image from MFAMILY Erasmus Mundus Sixth Edition Welcome Session 


All You Need to Submit:
Certificates and Transcripts,
Curriculum Vitae
SOP,
Letters of recommendation
Research experience,
Language requirements (for instance, IELTS, TOEFL),
Other documents required by the specific program.

A Selection Board consisting of one committee member per partner the institution will select or reject you based on your application weight.

Meanwhile, I started the year 2018, by applying Sweden through the online portal Universityadmissions.se (managed by the Swedish Council for Higher Education). Thanks to my supervisor, Romiz vai for helping with the application fee. In the last week of January 2018, I applied for a 3-month Summer School program "International Development Studies" at the University of Oslo. Probably the first good news came from Norway in March 2018. I got accepted with full funding for a 3-month "International Development Studies" summer program at the University of Oslo. I applied for a visa at VFS Global in Dhaka. At the end of May, I got my Norwegian visa. I used to see Oslo in my bed dreaming. At home, I told I was going to Norway for 3 months. The funny thing happened shortly after. The results of Sweden came out in early April 2018 and I was selected for admission to Lund University as it was my 1st choice. But unfortunately, Sweden's hopes were diminished as I had not got the Swedish Institute (SI) Scholarship. On the other hand, I also received rejection emails from two masters programs of Erasmus Mundus consortium.

Erasmus Mundus's Europen Master Program – My Selection
In June, I finally received an email saying that I was selected for the Erasmus Mundus's Europen Master in Social Work with Families and Children program with full funding.  At the same time, by the mercy of Allah, I got promoted and  appointed as a National Consultant - Project Management Assistant at a2i (UNDP Bangladesh). Yaaa, Hurraaahhhhh, Yahoooooo ……….

Embassy & Visa
I informed my office that I might go to India for visiting and facing the Norwegian Embassy. In fact, the first country of the Erasmus Mundus program was Portugal and the Embassy of Portugal was not in Bangladesh. Therefore, I needed to go to India to submit papers. But I did not know how to do it. So I posted a post on Erasmus Mundus Bangladesh's Facebook page asking for advice. I found out that a brother (Sabbir) was also going to India to submit papers to Embassy in Portugal. But he got a scholarship from another program. At the same time, Sabba Shrestha from Nepal knocked me as she also got acceptance form the same program.

Those who want to go to India to face the Embassy have to apply for X-Misc type visa (15 days period). Many people travel to India to the embassy with a tourist visa, because the tourist visa is easy and longer. But if they understand at the border then you have to lose all of it. So we applied for X-Misc type visa from Indian Embassy Visa Center in Gulshan. Prior to that, I and Sabbir made an appointment at VFS Global Portugal in India.

The whole process lengthy and so I will write about it later. It got an email from Delhi saying your decision on your visa had been made and told me to collect my passport. I went to Delhi for the Portuguese Embassy and they gave me a passport with a visa (for The MFAMILY Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree programme).

The writer is Mahmudul Hassan (Soyeb), Erasmus Mundus Scholar (2018-20). The Photo credit goes to MFAMILY Erasmus Mundus Sixth Edition Welcome Session (2018).



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