Erasmus Mundus MSc in Rural Development

Deadline: 17 January 2014
Open to: English speakers with a Bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years or equivalent
Scholarship: 40,000 Euro for non-EU students; up to 19,000 Euro for EU


The Erasmus Mundus programme is a cooperation and mobility programme in the field of higher education organised by the European Commission. It aims to enhance quality in European higher education and to promote intercultural understanding through co-operation with third countries.

The joint International Master in Rural Development (IMRD), part of the European Erasmus Mundus programme, offers the opportunity to study the European vision on rural development in its diversity of approaches and applications, on a scholarship provided by the European Union.

The objective is to train specialists in integrated rural development, focused on socio-economic and institutional aspects, not only from the European Union but also from developed, developing and transition countries outside the European Union through a 2 year master programme (120 ECTS) jointly organised by six European leading institutes in agricultural economics and rural development.

The Master program is offered by:

  • Ghent University (Belgium)
  • Agrocampus Ouest (France)
  • Humboldt University of Berlin (Germany)
  • Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra (Slovakia)
  • University of Pisa (Italy)
  • Wageningen University (The Netherlands)
in collaboration with
  • University of Pretoria (South Africa),
  • ESPOL (Ecuador)
  • University of Agricultural Sciences of Bangalore (India),
  • China Agricultural University
  • Nanjing Agricultural University (China)

The methodology consists of a combination of basic and specialized training in technical, economic and social sciences, a case study of one month, an individual master thesis and a high extent of student and scholar mobility.

The main language of instruction will be English, but elective courses will be available in Spanish, French, German, Dutch or any of the national languages of your host institute.


Applicants must have a Bachelor’s degree of minimum 3 years with good overall scores (at least a second class or equivalent, preferably higher) from a university or recognized equivalent. Candidates are expected to have basic science training (demonstrable in the transcripts) in the following fields:

  1. mathematics and/or statistics;
  2. agronomy and/or biology and/or environmental sciences; and
  3. social sciences and/or rural development and/or economy.

Candidates who cannot present a combined training of these fields will be evaluated on their aptitude, based on experience and knowledge of these fields, as demonstrated by CV or other evidence.

Command of the English language is a very important criterion for admission. There are three possibilities to supply this proof: TOEFL, IELTS and CEFR. Read more about them HERE.


The scholarship covers the tuition fee and an additional amount is withheld for the administrative costs of the programme. The scholarship also includes a full cover insurance for the total duration of the study.

The European Union provides Erasmus Mundus scholarships not only to non-European students (Category A), but also to European students (Category B). The amount of scholarship however is different.

1. Erasmus Mundus Grants for non-EU students (Category A): non-European students nationals coming from all countries of the world with the exception of nationals from the 28 EU Member StatesIceland, Norway, Liechtenstein (EFTA countries part of the EEA Agreement); Switzerland; the candidate countries Turkey and Macedonia; who are not residents of any of the above mentioned countries and have not carried out their main activities (studies, work, etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in any of the above mentioned countries.

Grants are used as follows:

  • Per academic year a tuition fee of 8,000 Euro is paid to the consortium. This tuition fee includes a worldwide insurance cover.
  • Each month the student receives an installment of 1,000 Euro (for 24 months)
  • A lump sum of 8,000 Euro is available for the students for installation and travel costs during the two academic years. This lump sum will be transferred in different installments.

2. Erasmus Mundus Grants for EU students (Category B): All those who do not fit in the above criteria. Grants are used as follows:

  • Per academic year a tuition fee of 4,000 Euro is paid to the consortium. This tuition fee includes a worldwide insurance cover.
  • Each month the student receives an installment of 500 euro (24 months).
  • In case of mobility to a third country partner institute for a minimum period of 1 semester or 30 ECTS, the student can receive an extra 3,000 Euro as a contribution to travel, installation and any other type of costs.


The deadline for all students who wish to apply for the IMRD programme 2014-2016 and the Erasmus Mundus scholarship is 17 January 2014 at midnight (CET, Central European Time).

The first step of the application procedure is an online registration in the IMRD database HERE, complete the application form, and submit it electronically to the  IMRD Applications Team. Roughly 3 weeks after submitting, you will receive a Result Notification Letter stating whether or not you have been deemed academically fit to participate to the IMRD programme. In case you have not been deemed academically fit, your application process ends here and you are invited to re-apply the next year.

The second step of the application procedure is to assemble your hard copy application file as indicated in the mail with your Result Notification Letter. You will have to send this hard copy file  by regular or express mail to the IMRD Secretariat before the deadline.

IMRD – ATLANTIS Secretariat
Ghent University
Faculty of Bioscience Engineering
Department of Agricultural Economics
Coupure Links 653
9000 Gent

If you have any question, you can direct them to

For further information, please visit the official website HERE.

10 thoughts on “Erasmus Mundus MSc in Rural Development

  1. hi,I want to submit the application for the scholarship on Erasmus Mundus scholarship. But I did my bachelor in BSc. Biochemistry. So before applying for this scholarship , I want to know whether i am eligible for this scholarship or not . Thank You.

    1. Yes Edwyn,
      that is great. You can apply through the links and information provided for you in the "application section" of our post. We only post the information.

      Best of luck,
      Mladiinfo team

  2. Dear Mladiinfo,
    I am a graduate of Agricultural Economics with a second class lower degree from a university in Nigeria. I wish to know if I am qualified to apply for this scholarship.

    Thank you.

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