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Erasmus Mundus Partnerships Action 2 (Strand 1)

Since the latter part of 2010, UP has also been invited by European Universities to become part of their Erasmus Mundus Action 2 (Strand 1) Programmes (Consortia), offering scholarships to Staff and students to go on an exchange /  full-time study at a Consortium University in Europe. Since 2015 UP also received Staff and scholars from leading universities in Europe on an exchange /full study period (and UP attracted numerous applicants from Europe on PhD or Postdoc levels too). The Erasmus Mundus Programmes will be phased out on 14 July 2018 and all exchanges and studies will have to be concluded by the deadline date. The last three programmes over a three-year cycle (since July 2015)   are:                                                                                                                                              

 1. AESOP Plus, Coordinated by Paul Sabatier Toulouse III University in Toulouse, France                                  

2. INSPIRE, Coordinated by Uppsala University in Sweden and                                                            

3. EURooSA, Coordinated by Antwerp University in Belgium

 UP has signed Consortia agreements with two of the three available Programmes eg AESOP /Plus and EUROOSA (and applicants could apply under TG1 if registered students or Staff members at UP) and under TG2 for INSPIRE (although there are no scholarships left)    

 Although the last call for full degree scholarships was in March 2015 (for completion by the deadline date 14 July 2018), a few scholarships still remain (also from previous cycles and are available to UP Staff and students for short term exchanges/mobility.

1.1    AESOP , coordinated by Paul Sabatier Toulouse 3 University in France, is a consortium of 9 South African and 11 European universities Its aim is  to promote South African national heritage as a vector for sustainable partnerships with Europe. AESOP, although the 3-year cycle came to an end in June 2017, there are still 7 (seven) scholarships available for Staff mobility (4 under Target Group 1 and 3 under Target group 2-TG1 is for Consortium partners and TG2 for non-Consortium partners). AESOP is an Erasmus Mundus programme funded by the European Commission. The closing date is 6 September 2017 and no extensions will be granted. For more information please visit

1.2  AESOP+, a multidisciplinary and inter-sectorial Erasmus Mundus consortium co-coordinated by the University Paul Sabatier-Toulouse 3 in France and jointly by the University of the Western Cape (South Africa) is a partnership composed of 10 European and 8 South African university partners, as well as 3 additional associate members. AESOP+ involves eight thematic fields and encourages the collaboration between different sectors applied to cultural and natural heritage. The AESOP Consortium will manage the partnership and will organize the remaining mobilities (12 South African applicants and 6 European applicants in Master, PhD, Postdoc and Staff.  The deadline for applications is 30 August 2017. For more information on the Guidelines and application process as well as the thematic fields,  please visit   and   


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