Besides their enrolment at the institution heading the research programme associated with the fellow's research project, each enrolled doctoral student will be awarded at least a year-long visiting research sejourn at a 2nd degree-awarding partner institution.
Mobility efforts must be motivated and justified by the underlying joint research project and reflected in the student’s tutorship choices. Accordingly, all aspects of the programme – its teaching, management, and mobility flows – strengthen the accomplished research.
Local Contact Points
In matters of mobility; in all cases, students will enjoy the support and council of the various GEM PhD School provisions aimed at facilitating their mobility actions. First and foremost amongst these are the local contact points established within each partner institution, as well as the programme’s Central executive Office.
Accordingly, each GEM PhD School Local Contact Point is charged with welcoming and integrating fellows within their new host institution. Even before arriving, these Local Contact Points can provide fellows with necessary advice regarding the practical aspects of their stay.
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Courses and training followed in a given institution will be recognized by the other, thus guaranteeing that although the student is awarded a double degree, he or she is avoided from having to accomplish the same task twice.
Accordingly, basic methodological training will be accomplished in the first institution visited, complementary training and research, if needed, can be accomplished in the second visited institution. Additional field work would be made possible by a visit to a relevant third institution. Throughout, the student would work on one and the same PhD project leading up to a single defence procedure shared by both degree-awarding institutions.
Upon selection, the GEM PhD School’s CeO, in collaboration with its local contact points, will assist selected students with their subsequent enrollment in both of their degree-awarding institutions. At the same time, if need be, all the necessary assistance if provided with regards to VISA procedures.
This heightened and personalised support is organised to ensure students’ timely arrival at both their hosting institutions.
Respect of the Erasmus Mundus Mobility Guidelines
As any other Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate (EMJD) programme; the GEM PhD School is required to respect mobility guidelines.
THE 2 ERASMUS MUNDUS MOBILITY RULES
- 1st rule: The mobility plan of the student should include at least two of the European countries represented in the consortium (Belgium; United Kingdom; Italy; Germany). All the proposed projects fulfill that first mobility rule.
- 2nd rule: For Category B fellowship holders, two of the countries visited during the doctoral activities must be different from the country in which the doctoral candidate has obtained his/her last university degree.
TIME SPENT IN EACH INSTITUTION / COUNTRY
In European countries (Belgium; United Kingdom; Italy; Germany): Two thirds of the doctoral programme should take place in Europe for the period covered by the fellowship. Each of these mobility periods must be instrumental to the fulfilment of the programme and last for at least six months (cumulative or consecutive).
In third-country full and/or associated partners (Switzerland; USA; China; Japan; Mexico); if applicable: Category A fellowship holders can spend a training/research/ fieldwork period of a maximum duration of one semester (or 6 months, cumulative or consecutive) in these countries. Category B fellowship holders can spend up to one year (cumulative or consecutive) of their doctorate activities in these countries.
Further detailed information on mobility requirements can be found in the Erasmus Mundus Official Programme Guidebook