Applications open for MOE’s EU scholarship

By Ann Yu, The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The Ministry of Education (MOE) has announced the beginning of the European Union scholarship application process for college students who wish to participate in master’s or doctorate programs funded by the Erasmus Mundus.

The Erasmus Mundus is a program that offers financial support for individuals who wish to study in European joint master’s and doctorate institutions or non-European higher education institutions who have a partnership with the program.

Students who wish to participate in the program must enroll for credits in at least two institutions from EU member states. The European Commission will subsidize a selection of foreign students’ tuition fees. According to the MOE, 10 Taiwanese students — eight master’s and two doctorates — were selected by the EU commission to participate in the program, while 50 students were put on the wait list.

The Taiwanese government hopes to use the opportunity to subsidize students who have outstanding achievements but were put on the wait list of the Erasmus Mundus program. Since 2006, the MOE has established the EU scholarship funding for five students each year, with a supplement of US$12,000 each. In 2007, the funding rose to 12,000 euros per person. In 2008, the maximum number of participants rose from five to eight. The MOE stated that they have sent 49 students to Europe under this program.

According to the 2013 program brochure, those who are interested must apply to the Erasmus Mundus program first and only apply for the funding from the MOE when the results reveal that they are on the waiting list. The application deadline is May 15 at the Taipei Representative Office and on the EU and Belgium websites.