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Caribbean nationals eligible for European funded scholarships

For Release Upon Receipt - November 30, 2010


Caribbean nationals, including staff, postgraduate students and alumni of The University of the West Indies (UWI), can apply for scholarships available in the 2011 Mundus ACP Project led by the University of Porto, Portugal and sponsored by the European Commission.

The Erasmus Mundus programme is a cooperation and mobility programme in higher education, which aims to promote partnerships between European and third-country higher education institutions by providing exchange and scholarship opportunities. The Mundus ACP Project in particular is a partnership of 20 higher education institutions from African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries and Europe. The Project’s main goal is to create opportunities for better understanding between the ACP Countries and Europe, through the exchange of people, knowledge and skills at the Higher Education level.  

UWI is one of only two Caribbean partners in the Project, while European partners include institutions in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. This special mobility scheme allows applicants from the identified ACP countries to apply to European partner institutions, and offers full master’s scholarships, doctoral programmes and academic and administrative scholarships to support studies, research and training in Europe. The Project includes the payment of a monthly scholarship (between 1000 and 2500 Euros, according to the type of mobility), a return ticket, health, accident and travel insurance, and tuition fees to the host institution, where applicable.

Participation in the Project is not limited to the staff and students of The UWI (Target Group 1), however. Full Master’s scholarships are available to Caribbean nationals who have obtained a university degree or equivalent from other Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in the Caribbean countries classified as ACP countries* (Target Group 2), as well as candidates who can demonstrate that they are in a particularly vulnerable Institution, for social, political or economical reasons (Target Group 3).  

The deadline for all applications is January 31, 2011.

For application forms or further information on the types of scholarships available in the Mundus ACP Project, please visit the official website at, or send e-mail to  You may also obtain further information by contacting:

For UWI students, staff and alumni (Target Group 1) – the International Office on your respective Campus

For Caribbean nationals (Target groups 2 & 3) – International Students Office (UWI, Mona), Tel: 1-876-702-3737 or 1-876-512-3891, Email:

Notes: *Nationals of the following Caribbean countries are eligible to apply to the Mundus ACP programme: Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Dominican Republic, St Kitts and Nevis, St Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago. All candidates must not have resided for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in one of the European countries.  

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About the MUNDUS ACP project: 

The main objective of this project is to promote cooperation between EU and ACP countries in higher education. In particular this project aims to promote the socio economic development of these countries through higher education cooperation with emphasis in the thematic, priority areas of education and teacher training, medical sciences, engineering and technology, applied sciences and informatics, agricultural sciences, natural sciences and social sciences. This project also aims to promote knowledge transfer and capacity building.


About UWI

Over the last six decades, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged University with over 40,000 students. Today, UWI is the largest and most longstanding higher education provider in the English-speaking Caribbean, with main campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago, and Centres in Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Montserrat, St Christopher (St Kitts) & Nevis, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. UWI recently launched its Open Campus, a virtual campus with over 50 physical site locations across the region, serving over 20 countries in the English-speaking Caribbean. UWI is an international university with faculty and students from over 40 countries and collaborative links with over 60 universities around the world. Through its seven Faculties, UWI offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Pure & Applied Sciences, Science and Agriculture, and Social Sciences.