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UWI Staff and students eligible for Mundus ACP scholarships

For Release Upon Receipt - November 30, 2010

St. Augustine

Staff and postgraduate students of The University of the West Indies (UWI) can now apply for one of 12 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. 

UWI is one of only two Caribbean institutions to be named as partners in the ACP Project, while European partners include institutions in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. Under this special scheme, Master’s and Doctoral students, researchers, academic and administrative staff from The UWI can receive financial support to develop postgraduate studies, research, teaching and administrative activities at European partner institutions.  

The ACP Project provides for 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. There are approximately 12 scholarships exclusively available to students, alumni and staff of The UWI as follows – eight full master’s scholarships, two scholarships for mobility within a UWI doctoral programme and two academic/administrative staff scholarships. Applicants must, however, be nationals of ACP* countries. The deadlines for application are December 31, 2010 for Doctoral students and academic and administrative staff and January 31, 2011 for Master’s students. 

For application forms or further information on the types of scholarships available in the Mundus ACP Project please visit the official website at, or contact the International Office on your Campus.  Details of the opportunities available to UWI students, alumni and staff can be found on the website under the ‘Academic Offers’ section. 

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  


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.