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Application process

The application deadline for the 2017-2019 programme was January 10, 2017 and the Online Registration has been closed. The call for applications for the 2018-2020 programme will be launched on November 1, 2017.

In order to make the application process as smooth as possible you can find each step explained below. In the flow diagram you can get an overview of the process and in the boxes below, you will get detailed information about each of the required documents. You can also download an Application checklist so that you can keep track of the overall process.


*The Application Package/PDF must include the following required documents in this specific order:

Download Application Form

Please make sure that you download the Application form to your computer rather than filling it in within your browser, as the browsers might not comply with the PDF files settings. 

Within the Application Form you will find a section called Application reflections. These are reflections/questions related to your academic and journalistic past as well as your future career expectations. Though short, these answers will be evaluated by the Consortium not only on their content but also on their writing style, quality and clarity. 

This application form should be the first document within your application package. Hence the application form will give the Consortium's Selection Committee an overview of your personal, academic background and your application reflections before they will consider all your supporting documents.

Academic documents

Please include official graduation certificates and transcripts from all your previous university/college studies. Transcripts should provide full details of the degree class and grades you received in each unit or module.

All transcripts or academic records must be official documents provided in the original language. If these documents are not in English they should be accompanied by a formal certified translation into English. 

Journalistic documents

Proof of experience:

In order to provide proof of your work as a professional journalist, a current or previous employer needs to supply a signed document that states the employment period. This information can also be included within the  journalistic reference letter.

Work samples:

Please submit three articles or other samples of your journalistic work, preferably in English. You can include Internet addresses instead if your work is available on the web. Do not submit more than three articles or equivalent.

If your samples are not in English, please include a short English summary (you are welcome to make that summary yourself).

If your journalism work samples cannot be included in a PDF file (e.g. radio or TV samples on cd/dvd), please include detailed information on your samples and links if possible. If needed the Mundus Consortium might ask you to forward these samples by postal mail.

Language documents

IELTS certificate 

Applicants whose native language is not English must provide original test scores for the IELTS (academic) English language test (we only accept IELTS tests). We require band score of 7,0 and a minimum score of 6.0 for each category.

Please include the test document within the application package instead of sending it directly to us. We will ask for the original documentation if you are offered enrolment.

IELTS exemptions

Applicants who have studied for one or more years in, or received a degree from, a college or university in an English-speaking country might be able to have the IELTS requirement waived, if the visa regulations allow it (depends on your specialisation university and your nationality).

This education however must have taken place within two years prior to submission of your application. In this case, an official certificate from the applicant’s school/university is required to confirm that the medium of instruction is English. Documentation must be included in the application package.

Curriculum Vitae

Please provide us with a Curriculum Vitae (CV). MAX 2 pages.

A curriculum vitae (or résumé in the US) is a concise summary of your skills, achievements and interests inside and outside your academic work. 

List your experience, achievements and key dates, including educational achievement, work experience, prizes, awards, involvement in societies, sports and clubs and your other interests and skills (e.g. languages; IT skills).

If you want inspiration please check Europass CV.

Academic and journalistic reference letters

We require a minimum of two letters of reference. Preferably you should submit an academic reference, i.e. from a university official (e.g. dean, former professor, department head or faculty advisor) acquainted with your work, and one professional reference from a former employer.

The reference letters should be referred to the Erasmus Mundus Journalism Consortium. There is various sites at the Internet where your referee can find inspiration for the reference letter. If the reference letters are not in English it should be accompanied with a certified translation.

If possible we will prefer the reference letters to be included in the application package, but if your referees would rather forward these directly to the Consortium, please refer to Bettina Andersen at 

Documentation of your nationality/nationalities

Please include copies of your passport(s) to prove your nationality. If you have double citizenship, please include documentation for both.

Special Needs/ Chronic Illness / Disabilities

Applicants with special needs or a chronic illness are encouraged to include as much information as possible regarding their situation within their application.


Submitting the Mundus Journalism application

When you have collected all the required documents, please arrange a PDF-file including these documents in the correct order (max PDF size 10 MB).

The title of the PDF-file must be: Your full name – first choice specialisation destination for the second year of studies (Amsterdam; Hamburg; London; Swansea) – scholarship category/self-funded (Category A; Category B; Self-funded) Please see the examples below:

  1. EXAMPLE: Arush Sodovaram – Swansea – Category A
  2. EXAMPLE: Peter Nielson - Hamburg - Category B
  3. EXAMPLE: Hannah Maria Taylor - Amsterdam - Self funded

When you are ready to submit your application package, please fill in the Online Registration and attach the PDF-file. When you have submitted your application successfully you will receive an automatic confirmation e-mail.

Information about the admission result

You can expect to receive an e-mail from the Mundus Journalism Consortium with the admission result in March/April. If you will be offered admission, you will be asked to confirm if you accept the admission offer within a week after you receive the e-mail. We operate with this relatively short deadline, so that we can offer admission to another applicant, if you should decide to reject the offer.

Applicants who applied for a scholarship will also be offered the possibility of self-funded admission if selected by the Consortium for admission, but not for a scholarship.

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