Erasmus Mundus MA in Archaeological Materials Science

Deadline: 31 January 2014
Open to: students who have already obtained (or will obtain it at the end of the academic year) a first higher education degree or demonstrate a recognized equivalent level of learning
Scholarship: EUR 11,000 plus monthly stipend of EUR 1,000 (Category A); EUR 2,000 plus monthly stipend of EUR 500 (Category B)

Description

ARCHMAT is a 2-years Erasmus Mundus Master Course within a consortium of 3 HEI (Evora-UE, Rome-UNIROMA1, Thessaloniki-AUTH) as full partners, 5 HEI (Avignon-UA, Palermo-UNIPA, Zaragoza-UNIZAR-ICMA, Fez-UF and Rio de Janeiro-UERJ) and 3 non HEI Research centres (Laboratorio Jose Figueiredo/Instituto dos Museus e da Conservacao-IMC, Scientific Laboratory Musei Vaticani-MV, Archaeological Museum of AIANI) as associated members, providing students with specialized skills in archaeology and analytical charaterization of materials from prehistory (megalithic) to classical times (Greek and Roman).

The study and conservation of Cultural Heritage materials is a research area with a strong multidisciplinary connotation and requires skills that span across the Humanities and Science research fields. ARCHMAT provides a common, integrated platform for high quality students coming from different educational backgrounds (Science and Humanities) to understand the advanced scientific methods used to investigate archaeological materials and aims to form highly specialized professional experts in the emerging field of Archaeometry, i.e Physical Sciences applied to the study of Archaeological and Cultural Heritage materials.

Eligibility

Scholarship candidates must have already obtained a first higher education degree or demonstrate a recognized equivalent level of learning according to national legislation and practices. Candidates who will only obtain their first higher education degree at the end of the academic year preceding the one concerned by the scholarship application can nevertheless apply for a scholarship and be selected by the consortium concerned, under the condition that they acquire the required degree prior to the beginning of the masters course edition concerned.

In order to make the programme more attractive for third-country nationals, the amount of the full-study scholarship will be higher for third-country masters students (Category A scholarships) than for European masters students (Category B scholarships). More specifically:

Category A scholarships can be awarded to third-country masters students selected by EMMC consortia who come from a country other than a Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland or any EU member and who are not residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, training or work) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in these countries. The five-year reference period for this 12-month rule is calculated backwards as from the submission deadline for Category A applications by the EM consortia to the Agency (end of February of the year following ARCHMAT application deadline).

Category B scholarships can be awarded to European masters students selected by EMMC consortia as well as to any masters students selected by EMMC consortia who do not fulfil the Category A criteria defined above. It should be noted that, while the Category A scholarships should be considered as “full scholarships” covering all necessary costs of the student during his/her study period in Europe, Category B scholarships have to be considered as a “financial contribution” to the student’s costs while following his/her EMMC studies.

Scholarship

Category A scholarships for students who come from a country other than a European country (EU Members + Liechtenstein, Norway and Iceland):

  • Flat contribution to travel, installation, visa related costs and any other type of costs – 8,000 €
  • Contribution to Participation Costs – 3,000 € per semester
  • Monthly Allowance – 1,000 € per month

While the Category A scholarships should be considered as “full scholarships” covering all necessary costs of the student during his/her study period in Europe, Category B scholarships have to be considered as a “financial contribution” to the student’s costs while following his/her EMMCstudies. Category B scholarships for European masters students award:

  • Contribution to Participation Costs  – 2.000 € per semester
  • Monthly Allowance  – 500 € per month

Application

The deadline is at 23.59 hours CET on the 31 January 2014.

Applications to the Erasmus Mundus Master in Aarchaeological Materials Sciences can only be submitted online HERE. Please note that you need to register first by filling your data. You will be then sent an email with a link where you will validate your registration and select a password of your choice to be used when you enter the Application procedure database.

Candidates have to upload all of the following documents during the different stages of the application procedure:

  • Proof of nationality (passport copy with photo)
  • Scanned (translated) copy of the University diploma required for the enrolment in the ARCHMAT (Bachelor/I cycle degree in Physics, Earth Sciences, Chemistry, Biology-Biochemistry, Archaeology, Conservation Science, Cultural Heritage Studies)
  • Scanned (translated) Copy of transcript of study results
  • Curriculum vitae and Studiorum (EUROPASS format)
  • Motivation letter (maximum 1 A4 page)
  • Letter of recommendation by two academic referees. On your application page, you will be asked to name the two referees of your choice. The two referees will be contacted directly from the ARCHMAT Selection Committee and they have to submit their reference directly to the ARCHMAT secretariat and not through you
  • Scanned copy of TOEFL Language Proficiency Certificate 87 [iBT] or of IELTS Certificate (minimum overall band score =6) or Cambridge Certificate or proof of at least 1 year English-based instruction at University level
  • Scanned declaration signed by the candidate that the eligibility criteria for a EM scholarship described in the SCHOLARSHIP section of the ARCHMAT website have been fulfilled

You may direct any questions to the coordinator Nick Schiavon  at [email protected] For further information, please visit the official website HERE.

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