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SCHOLARSHIPS

The European Union Erasmus Mundus Window for South Africa

The AESOP+ multidisciplinary and intersectorial Erasmus Mundus consortium co-coordinated by the University Paul Sabatier-Toulouse 3 (France) and the University of the Western Cape (South Africa) is partnership composed by 10 European and 8 South African university partners, as well as six 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 95 mobilities (62 South African applicants and 33 European applicants in Master, Doctorate, Post Doctorate and Staff).

The scholarship covers the following aspects: Monthly subsistence allowance, Travel ticket (One go and return ticket: The amount allowed depends on the distance from the Home and the Host University), Insurance(All grant holders are insured by a central Group Insurance), Participation cost.

Subsistence allowance allocated per type of mobity per month: 1000 € per month for Master students, 1500 € per month for doctorate students, 1800 € per month for Post-doc students, 2500 € per month for academic staff.

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Students national of South Africa can apply on line depending their target group:

Target Group 1: Nationals of the third-countries concerned by the geographical lot who are registered in one of the third-country HEIs that is a member of the partnership.

Target Group2: Nationals of the third-countries concerned by the geographical lot, who: are registered/work in a higher education institution of these countries that is not included in the partnership; have obtained a university degree or equivalent by an institution of these countries (students only).

AESOP+ web site home page: http://www.aesopplus.eu/

Applying on line: http://www.aesopplus.eu/apply

Contact persons of the project : http://www.aesopplus.eu/contacts

Our second cohort/first call is actually open to apply on line, disadvantaged groups are a priority to be involved in our project.

Available places information: http://www.aesopplus.eu/general_information

Intra-Africa Information note:

Available calls: Intra Africa Call Announcement

Any individual/higher education institution/organisation interested in the aims of the IEASA may apply for membership.

The INSPIRE Project

International Science Promoting Innovation and entrepreneurship Erasmus Mundus Programme

International Science Promoting Innovation and entrepreneurship (INSPIRE) is an Erasmus Mundus Action 2 project that has identified a very concrete and structurally important node for development of the South African knowledge triangle. In the intricate system of interaction between research, education and innovation INSPIRE will focus on the creation of and development of support structures that can transfer results from research into the private sector for refinement before product development to be used in industry.

The process of transferring science to be explored and commercialized is still underdeveloped and there is a need to develop good governance at universities in order to initiate and uphold partnerships between the public and private sectors. The INSPIRE-project will tackle this is issue by training South African students and staff within the EU-universities’ innovation/entrepreneur centers. INSPIRE will also, thanks to participating associate organizations, build a network for INSPIRE-alumni in which they can continue to grow personally and professionally.

The outcome of INSPIRE will leave South African Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) with highly trained administrative staff that can run an innovation/tech-transfer office; with academic researchers and students that have studied in highly advanced universities in Europe and been educated in the process of transferring science into viable businesses; and with an EU-South African network of universities that will continue to develop new modes of collaboration within the field of innovation and entrepreneurship.

The theme of INSPIRE is selected in order to promote Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In doing so INSPIRE has chosen to give priority to a number of academic themes that align themselves with the priorities set for innovation in the development strategy of the South African Department of Science and Technology for the period 2011-2016.

AVAILABLE SCHOLARSHIPS IN CALL 1

(South African nationals) – Call for degree scholarships – Open September 1st to November 1st 2014

The following scholarships are available with a priority for applicants coming from South African partner institutions

  • 8 full Master degree scholarships of two academic years (One scholarship per hosting European university)

  • 8 full PhD degree scholarships of 34 months (One scholarship per hosting European university)

AVAILABLE SCHOLARSHIPS IN CALL 2

(EU and South African nationals) – Call for exchange scholarships – Open 20/11 – 15/3 2015

The following scholarships are available with a priority for applicants coming from South African partner institutions

Exchange scholarships

  • 10 scholarships of 1 or 2 semesters for exchange studies at Master level (One scholarship per sending South African university)

  • 10 scholarships of 6 or 10 months for exchanges at PhD level (One scholarship per sending South African university)

  • 10 scholarships of 6 or 10 months for research at Post Doctoral level (One scholarship per sending South African university)

  • 10 scholarships of 1 month for Academic/Administrative staff (One scholarship per sending South African university)

    The following scholarships are available with a priority for applicants coming from any other university than the South African partner institutions

  • 12 scholarships of 1 semesters for exchange studies at Master level

  • 2 scholarships of 1 semester for exchanges at PhD level

The following scholarships are available with a priority for applicants coming from Euroepan partner institutions

  • 8 scholarships of 2 semesters for exchange studies at Master level (One scholarship per sending European university)

  • 16 scholarships of 10 months for exchanges at PhD level (Two scholarships per sending European university)

  • 8 scholarships of 6 or 10 months research at Post Doctoral level (One scholarship per sending European university)

  • 20 scholarships of 1 month for Academic/Administrative staff

In order to help the project towards the set goals INSPIRE is also happy to be working with eight organizations.

ESASTAP+ (www.esastap.org.za/) is a policy project in innovation within FP7 where the DST and the EU-commission are partners. ESASTAP+ works to evaluate the progress of interregional collaboration within innovation between the EU and South Africa. During the first conference in Cape Town ESTASTAP+ will provide the consortium with an overview of current work and policies. ESASTAP+ will also help placing the INSPIRE project into the greater schematic of the innovation apparatus in South Africa. ESASTAP+ also has a responsibility in promoting Horizon 2020 and other communal funding schemes and will present these during the first conference.

The Innovation Hub (www.theinnovationhub.com) in Johannesburg is an organization providing support to academics to realize their business ideas. Working closely with the regional government of the Gauteng Province as well as the universities in the region it will be an important associate for reaching target group 2 applicants from University of the Witwatersrand, Tschwane University of Technology, University of South Africa and Vaal university of Technology. The Innovation Hub will also present their work in the first conference held in Cape Town as well as connect with all grant holders from the Gauteng province to introduce them to their support services after their return to South Africa.

HERS-SA (www.hers-sa.org.za/) is dedicated to the advancement and leadership development of women in the Higher Education sector in South Africa. HERS-SA will strongly contribute in targeting women within the academic sector to apply for an EMA2 scholarship. HERS-SA will also take an active role in supporting female grant holders in becoming established leaders within their sectors as they return to South Africa after their mobility.

The Southern African-Nordic Centre (SANORD) (sanord.uwc.ac.za), The Coimbra Group (CG) (www.coimbra-group.eu) , International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA) (www.ieasa.studysa.org/) are university networks to which all the partners belong. These networks will be instrumental in marketing the scholarship opportunities for both target group 1 and target group 2 applicants. Through IEASA the project will reach the responsible vice-rector for internationalization within all South African HEIs.

Ung Företagsamhet (UF) (www.ungforetagsamhet.se) & Drivhuset (www.drivhuset.se/) – Are two Swedish organizations that work to promote entrepreneurship to young people aged 15 and up. In doing so UF holds large national competitions for high school students in which they will need to create and run their own real business for a period of a couple of months. Drivhuset challenges university students to try out their business proposals and in exchange they provide them with training in entrepreneurship as well as low cost office space to start their activities. Their work has a great impact on promoting creation of small and medium enterprises in Sweden as well as bringing the art of entrepreneurship to the attention of students at a young age.

The University of Pretoria (www.up.ac.za) has also agreed to act as a representative for Target Group 2 universities as well as with the quality assurance of the project.

For further information, please visit the following website:  www.inspiresouthafrica.eu

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