Joint Master's degree


This scheme aims at funding high-level international joint Master's degrees delivered by an international consortium of higher education institutions (including, where relevant, non-education partners).


  • Degrees of 60, 90, or 120 ECTS credits can be funded.
  • Study must take place almost equally in at least 2 Programme Countries (studies can take place in Switzerland but this does not count in the minimum requirements).
  • Approx. 13 to 20 students' scholarships and grants for invited scholars are included.

Duration of the activity

1 or 2 years Master's degree


  • The Consortium is composed of an Applicant-Coordinator and Full Partners from at least 3 different Programme Countries.
  • The Applicant-Coordinator is a higher education institution of a Programme Country having an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education.
  • The Full Partners can be any public or private organisation, established in a Programme Country or in a Partner Country (Switzerland is a Partner Country) that contributes actively to the delivery of the joint Master's degree.

Administrative aspects

  • The application must be submitted by the Coordinator-Applicant on behalf of the consortium.
  • At application stage, a joint degree must be ready to be run and advertised.
  • The signature of a "Joint Master's degree consortium agreement" (available on EACEA website) is required prior to the first selection of students.

Project duration

4 or 5 years (extensible):

  • 1 preparatory year
  • 3 running years of a 1 or 2 academic year long programme.
  • At the end of the 3rd year, a "Quality Review" may allow the joint Master's degree to keep going for 3 more years.


The initial funding for a period of 4-5 years covers the cost for:

  • 1 preparatory year if any : EUR 20,000
  • 3 running years:
    • Management and participation of at least 4 invited scholars: EUR 50,000 per year
    • 13 to 20 student scholarships of max EUR 25,000 per year.

Students and staff apply for grants directly to the Joint Master's degree consortium.

Selection criteria

  • Quality of the project design, impact and dissemination.
  • Relevance to the Joint Master's degree goals.
  • Quality of the Joint Master's degree team and cooperation arrangements.

How to apply

  • Application to launch a joint Master's degree must be submitted to the EACEA within the deadline mentioned above.
  • Once the joint Master's degree is launched, students and guest scholars apply directy to the Master's degree's consortium.

Application deadline

There will be a call each year.

Please check the EACEA’s website for the general call for proposal and up-to-date application deadlines.

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Ms Sylvie Kohli
International relations office
Tel. 021 692 20 24