Timing (2018-2020 cohort)
- The call for application has been launched since March 21, 2018.
- The deadline for all students is May 2, 2018 at 6 pm (Paris local time)
- The EPOG Consortium committee will meet at the end of May 2018 to interview and assess a pre-selection of students.
- Notification to admitted students: beginning of June
- End of June 2018 – Answer from the European Commission to our grant application. Please note that for the 2018-2020 cohort, the announced EMJMD scholarships will only be awarded if our application for an EMJMD grant gets approved. These scholarships are in no way guaranteed.
- Admitted students will have to supply certified photocopies of the education academic records and all documents necessary to complete enrolment.
- A call among students from the reserve list (if relevant) between July 1st and September 15th. Early admission decisions could possibly be delivered to foreign students with complete applications, in order to facilitate their Visa application.
The admission requirements are the following:
- A Bachelor’s or equivalent degree (180 ECTS) in economics. 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. For Non-European applicants, the degree must be obtained and sent before the 15th July. Students with other academic backgrounds than strictly economics (political science, law, international relations, business administration) may be considered provided applicants can prove they have validated the equivalent of 24 ECTS in economics and 6 ECTS in statistics/econometrics/mathematics.
- A good level in English, in particular minimum and recent test scores with TOEFL (Computerbased: 237; Paper version: 580; Internet version: 92 or above), IELTS (6.5); Cambridge Proficiency Examination (C), Cambridge Advanced English Test (B), CERF (B2). 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). A Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test score (not mandatory) of at least 450 for verbal reasoning, 4.1 for analytical writing, and 650 for quantitative reasoning.
- A clear motivation for the field and for international studies.
Please consider thoroughly the options you wish to apply for (two choices only) since the focus of courses, the degrees they lead to and the host institutions and countries differ according to the option and major.
The Application procedure is based on online submissions:
- Completed application form (online only)
- Full curriculum vitae (possible on Europass format, but not mandatory);
- Electronic (scanned) version of all higher education academic records (listing of subjects and grades received, awarded degrees, supplement diploma…), with original and official English translation;
- Proof of English proficiency (see above) except for students from countries where the Bachelor’s is taught in English. Non mandatory proof of French, Italian or German proficiency;
- Statement of purpose (no more than 500 words highlighting the candidate’s reasons for applying to EPOG Master’s Course, any relevant academic and work experience, and future career plans). The statement will also indicate the option(s) they wish to choose (and order of preference);
- Two official recommendation letters (from faculty member or job supervisors) assessing the student’s ability to conduct the EPOG Master’s Course submitted by regular (postal) mail and online (or just online by the recommenders); (v) Personal details including a scanned copy of the passport; (vi) Document giving details of other funding (name of funder or awarding authority, and value of award).
- Personal details including (see online application form) a scanned copy of the passport;
- Document giving details of 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
The selection criteria and process as provided to the faculty members examining the files will be the following:
- the criteria will be educational background (15%) as demonstrated by the curriculum vitae (quality and relevance of academic qualification, knowledge in economics and research/professional experience),
- academic records (35%). Candidates’ academic records should have a minimum Grade Point Average for the Bachelor’s degree of at least 75% of the maximum scale. Exceptional situation of excellent students will be assessed on a case by case basis.
- motivation and letters of recommendation (20%)
- and proficiency in English and another language of the partners’ countries (30%).
The coordinator will operate an initial filtering based on minimum requirements, and submit the remaining applications for consideration by the Consortium Committee.
Given the typically very large number of applicants, we engage twenty to twenty-five faculty members across the range of partner institutions, with over half of those from the sister institutions Paris 7 and Paris 13, to look at the dossiers. For each applicant, two referees from two member institutions are appointed — one from the institution which may host the applicant during the first year, the other from the Universities of Paris 7 or Paris 13, with the participation of associated partners solicited on a selective basis to lend us their regional expertise. We consider academic record so far, extra-curricular engagements and interests, background and plans for the future, justification for choosing EPOG, letters of recommendation. In this context special attention is given to student’s past courses in economics, quantitative methods (e.g., econometrics), and related fields of relevance to our program (e.g., geography, environmental sciences).
For the pre-selected students, a video-conference will be organised. We conduct the Skype interviews in rotating teams of (at least two) faculty members from the two different institutions most likely to accommodate this particular candidate, with an immediate written evaluation by the interviewers classifying the interviewees either as rejected, possible, or definitely to be recommended. Upon completion of all interviews the selection committee gets together to rank the applicants and decides how to allocate them to an option or sub-option (e.g., IA, IIC, …) on the basis of the three wishes (in order of preference) expressed by the students in their application. 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.
Additional students can be enrolled directly in the second year. These students, called “1-YEARPROGRAMME students”, will not be considered as Erasmus + students. Their management does not operate according to EACEA rules. The responsibility for these students belongs to the Universities of Paris 13 and Paris 7. It does not involve the responsibility of the other partners. 1-YEAR-PROGRAMME students will pay the regular French national Master’s tuition fees. The successful students will only be awarded a Paris 13 APE degree if they are in Option I or a double APE Paris 13 and Paris 7 degree if they are in Option II. With the exception of the awarded degrees and tuition fees policy, these students and the regular EPOG Erasmus Mundus will be treated similarly. The application process starts usually around February. A deadline is set for April. Once again, the application packages, similar to those of the 2-year programme, are examined by members of the teaching staff, this time from Paris 7 and Paris 13 only. A number of candidates are then interviewed through Skype by at least two professors from Paris universities, and a selection is made with criteria that are very much identical to those of the Erasmus Mundus programme.