EPOG+ - Economic POlicies for the Global transition - Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree

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    Application process for the (2-year) EPOG+ Erasmus Mundus programme is opened with an application deadline being January 30, 2020 - 14:00 (Paris time).

    Admission requirements

    Degree in economics (or any other field provided a minimum of 24 ECTS – or equivalent – in economics and 6 ECTS in statistics or econometrics - description of ECTS in the FAQ section).

    Candidates who plan to graduate by 31st July will be provisionally accepted and will be required to provide copies of their degree certificates by 31st August.

    With proof of the language level (provided no later than June 10). The following tests and minimum scores are accepted: TOEFL (Computer-based: 237; Paper version: 580; Internet version: 87 or above), IELTS (6.5, academic version); Cambridge Proficiency Examination (C), Cambridge Advanced English Test (B), CERF (B2). If you have a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a General Test score of at least 450 for verbal reasoning, 4.1 for analytical writing, and 650 for quantitative reasoning, it can be considered a proof of your proficiency in English.

    Knowledge of French, Italian or German is not mandatory, but is taken into account. Those students concerned must provide official proof of their language skills (foreign language diploma or DIALANG European test).

    The applicants should highlight their interest, knowledge and motivation to engage with heterodox approaches of economics.

    Eligibility criteria slightly differ according to the chosen Major/Minor (and corresponding pathways):

    The 24 ECTS can include any type of basic/advanced economics courses, and management courses can constitute part of the 24 ECTS.

    The 24 ECTS should include microeconomics and macroeconomics, as well as international economics for Minor B1 (International macroeconomics and governance).

    For Minor C1 (Innovation and development): the 24 ECTS should include basic/advanced economics courses.

    For Major C2 (International macroeconomics and development): the 24 ECTS should include microeconomics, macroeconomics and international economics.

    Outstanding applicants who do not meet strictly the minimum requirements can apply under certain conditions. In particular, if they are accepted, they will be asked to take additional courses before or during the programme.

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    Please consider thoroughly the Majors / Minors you wish to apply for (and the preference order) since the focus of courses, the degrees they lead to and the host institutions and countries differ according to the chosen Major and Minor.

    The Universities of Paris 13 and Paris 7 have launched the "EPOG 2" International Master's programme in 2018. As mentioned in the page about the EPOG ecosystem, EPOG 2 shares a few common partners with EPOG+ and some similarities: the content in the EPOG 2's options is similar to that proposed in the EPOG+'s Major B and Minor C2 during the first year (in Berlin, Roma and Johannesburg). However, they share only a few courses in Paris (Semester 3) and a different structure for Semester 4.

    Even though EPOG 2 is independent from EPOG+, both EPOG+ and EPOG 2 have decided to join for the selection process which is organised between October and March. It is highly recommended, especially to students primarily interested by Major B and/or Minor C2 in EPOG+, to apply to the similar options in EPOG 2.

    On the application platform, you will have the opportunity:

    • to indicate whether (or not) you are applying to both programmes,
    • to rank your preferences between the programmes and their related Majors and Options.

    Application procedure (online submission)

    At application stage, students must fill the online form and provide a set of information and scanned documents, as decribed below. It is important to note that the application procedure takes time (in particular to get the recommendation letters) and should thus be anticipated.

    When the call is opened, the applicants must fill the following online form.

    Students should not send their details and documents by email.

    Possibly using the Europass format (not mandatory).

    The scanned copy of an original diploma shall prove successfull completion of a tertiary degree corresponding to at least 180 ECTS (bachelor/master/PhD).

    Candidates who plan to graduate by the 31st of July can apply. They can be provisionally accepted. They will be required to provide copies of their degree certificates by the 31st of August. At application stage, they must provide a sworn statement stating when they expect to receive their degree (by using this form (odt, docx)).

    Electronic (scanned) version of all higher education academic records in their original version (academic transcripts to the above mentionned diplomas, including all completed courses at the time of application).

    Documents should be accompanied by a (possibly certified/official) translation in English. Please note that all selected students will have to provide a certified (legally attested) translation in the English language by August 31 at the latest.

    The academic records shall evidence that the student owns a minimum of 24 ECTS (or equivalent) in economics and 6 ECTS in statistics or econometrics. They shall also evidence that the minimum requirements (as stated in the "Admission requirements" section, above) are fulfilled for the chosen Major(s)/Minor(s).

    Applicants are also encouraged to provide their diploma supplement, if they have one.

    Proof of English proficiency (provided no later than June 10) is required except for English native speakers or for applicants who have a higher education degree entirely taught in English (in this case, or if your test is not available by the submission deadline, please submit a sworn statement, using this form (odt, docx).

    The following tests and minimum scores are accepted : TOEFL (Computer-based: 237; Paper version: 580; Internet version: 87 or above), IELTS (6.5, academic version); Cambridge Proficiency Examination (C), Cambridge Advanced English Test (B), CERF (B2). If you have a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) with a General Test score of at least 450 for verbal reasoning, 4.1 for analytical writing, and 650 for quantitative reasoning, it can be considered a proof of your proficiency in English.

    Non mandatory proof of French, Italian or German proficiency.

    The statement of purpose should not be more than 500 words. It should highlight the applicant’s motivations for applying to EPOG+ Master’s programme, any relevant academic and work experience, and future career plans. The statement will also indicate the Major(s)/Minor(s), the applicant wish to choose (and order of preference).

    The two recommendation letters shall be issued by teachers/professors or job supervisors. They shall assess explicitely the student’s ability to follow the EPOG+ Master’s programme.

    The reference letter should include: date of issue, name, institution, position, signature, official stamp (if available) and contact details (phone number and email) of the person/institution recommending the student.

    The scanned copy of a (valid) passport is to attest the nationality of the student. Applicants with multiple nationalities must provide the copy of the passport corresponding to the nationality they are applying with. Citizens from the EU (only) can use their ID as proof of nationality.

    Students applying for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship shall provide a proof of place of residence including your name, your address, date of issue.

    The proof should have been issued no more than 12 months before the scholarship application deadline. It can be on of the following documents:

    • residence certificate;
    • certificate or confirmation letter from the applicant’s place of work, study or training issued by the employer or institution in question;
    • receipt of the tax payment, residential rental agreement or employment contract;
    • confirmation from your flat owner, that you are living on this address;
    • invoice (eg. from your phone/internet provider).

    Students must also provide this form (odt, docx) filled and signed, attesting in particular the accuracy of the information concerning the applicant's place of residence in the past five years.

    Document giving details of (potential/expected) other funding (e.g. scholarships, with name of funder or awarding authority, and value of award).

    All these documents have to be uploaded in the Attachments section of the application form. Please do not send them by email.

    Selection criteria and process

    Educational backgroundAs demonstrated by the curriculum vitae (quality and relevance of academic qualification, knowledge in economics and research / professional experience).15%
    Academic records Candidates’ academic records should have a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) for the Bachelors degree of at least 70% of the maximum scale.35%
    Motivation and recommendation letters20%
    LanguagesProficiency in English and possibly another language of the EPOG+ partners’ countries.30%

    The coordinator will conduct an initial filtering (based on minimum requirements) and submit the remaining applications for consideration by the Consortium committee. For each applicant, two referees from two member institutions will be appointed. A preselection of the best students among the completed submissions is then made by the Consortium committee. The preselection of these students will depend on the excellence of their studies. For the preselected students, an interviews (through videoconferencing means) will be organised by the Consortium committee to complement the evaluation. A final list of students (main list and reserve list) will be established in accordance with the criteria defined above. Unanimity of the awarding institutions will be required in order to meet the highest standards.

    Regional, gender and social situation will be taken into account in the final selection (i.e. among the best candidates) but will not take precedence over merit, quality and competence. The process will respect the principles of Euraxess “European Charter for Researchers” and the “Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers” including non-discrimination, equal treatment, transparency, recognition of qualifications, lifelong development and mobility experience. The final selection of candidates will comply with the maximum number of scholarships per country and per institution of origin defined by the European Commission. Students with special needs will benefit from extra time for examinations and will benefit from dedicated installations in each partner institution.


    For the 2020-2022 cohort:

    Opening of the application platformOctober 2019
    Application deadlineJanuary 30, 2020 - 14:00 (Paris time)
    Interviews (applicants must plan to be available during that period)March 10-12, 2020
    Selection resultsBefore the end of March 2020

    (Year N)
    Launch of the call for application.
    The deadline for all students will be around the end of January.
    A second call might been opened also later for self-paying students (i.e. without Erasmus Mundus scholarship).
    (Year N+1)
    Beginning of March: an EPOG+ Consortium committee meeting is organised for:
    - the interviews of the pre-selected applicants (videoconferencing);
    - the selection and ranking of the applicants.
    By the end of March: applicants are informed about the selection outcomes.
    (Year N+1)
    Admitted students will have to supply certified photocopies of the education academic records and all documents necessary to complete enrolment.

    Students should start as early as possible their visa application (if relevant).

    A call of students from the reserve list will be made (in case of drop-outs).
    (Year N+1)
    Beginning of the programme for the enroled students.

    For specific questions, please check the FAQ section of our website.
    Email: application [at] epog.eu
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