From 2014 onwards, scholarships for both experienced and young researchers as well as new doctoral programs are available under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions program, which is part of the Horizon Europe research and innovation program.
General goals of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions strive to raise the attractiveness of Europe as a space that provides high quality conditions for work and career development of both young and experienced researchers. The MSCA goal is to keep the best researchers in the European Research Area, following several main principles:
Activities under this program are possible in all domains of research and innovation, from basic research to innovation services;
Participation is open to research and innovation staff at all stages of their careers;
Participation is open to universities, research organizations, research infrastructures, companies and other socio-economic actors from Europe and abroad, respecting the conditions set out in the specific documents for each of the sub-programs;
In particular, transnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility is encouraged, as well as the active participation of the industrial sector, namely the SME sector, in order to realize more successfully the goals of Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and ensure the sustainability of project results after their completion.
More information on the terms and conditions for the participation, eligible activities, financing modalities and other details can be found on the official website of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie program.
The assistance related to the information and support for the application through MSCA programme as well as through other international programmes focused on research mobility is provided by International Projects Office of the University of Kragujevac.
Academic mobility refers to students, academic and non/academic staff in the area of higher education, going to another institution of higher education in their own or a foreign country to conduct a part of the study program (one or two semesters), that is, to teach or have training at another HEI. Student mobility can be implemented at all study levels (BA, MA, PhD and post-doctoral studies) and staff mobility enclose academic and non-academic staff.
Exchange students/staff are participating in a formal exchange programs between their home university and the University of Kragujevac (i.e. Erasmus+, Bilateral agreements, CEEPUS, etc.)
HEIs from Programme countries submit mobility projects to their National agency and if selected, they enable following mobility activities:
a study period in a programme/partner country abroad lasting between 3 and 12 months
traineeships (work placements, internships, etc.) abroad for students currently enrolled in higher education institutions in Programme countries. These opportunities are also open to recent graduates. You can also combine your Erasmus+ traineeship with a study period abroad.
teaching periods - staff deliver teaching at another HEI abroad
training periods - staff undertake a training event or undergo job shadowing/observation
Funding can be used to support staff engaged in both HEI teaching (minimum of 8 hours of teaching per week) and non-teaching activities. Staff mobility activities can last from 2 days to 2 months, excluding travel time.
This program offers an opportunity to acquire higher education in different cultural settings. Students from all over the world that have earned a BA's degree or MA's degree may apply to some of the available Erasmus Mundus Joint Master or PhD programs.
Joint Programmes are operated by consortia of higher education institutions from the EU and (since 2009) elsewhere in the world. They provide an integrated course and joint or multiple diplomas following study or research period at two or more higher education institutions.
Erasmus Mundus funds a number of scholarships for students and academics studying or teaching on Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses. Since 2010, fellowships have also been available for doctoral candidates following one of the Joint doctorates. Scholarships cover participation costs, subsistence costs, and insurance for the duration of the study period. Many students also have the right to a contribution to travel costs.
The list of all available EM Joint Master programs can be found here.
The list of all available EM Joint PhD programs can be found here.
Important note: From 2014 onwards, the new doctoral programs and scholarships for PhD studies will be available in the framework of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action, which forms part of the program for EU Research and Innovation Horizon 2020.
These partnerships between EU universities and Western Balkan universities manage mobility flows between the two regions for a range of academic levels: undergraduate, masters, doctorate, post-doctorate, and for academic staff.
CEEPUS is an acronym for "Central European Exchange Program for University Studies".
Current member countries: Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia.
The legal basis for CEEPUS is an international Agreement signed by the member states and open for accession. Each country has a National CEEPUS Office in charge of national implementation.
With CEEPUS, there is no transfer of funds: There is an internal currency of "1 scholarship month" instead. Each country pays its INCOMING students and teachers and has to pledge at least 100 scholarship months per academic year. The CEEPUS Agreement also specifies that these grants be comprehensive grants linked to the local cost of living. So far, experience has shown that this system works very well.
The main activity of CEEPUS are university networks operating joint programs ideally leading to Joint Degrees, esp. Joint Doctoral Programs. CEEPUS covers mobility grants for students and teachers in this framework.