International Doctoral College in Fusion Science and Engineering
  • What are the Language Requirements:

o   A recent (max 3 years old) proof of knowledge of the English language is also a requirement (CEF-level –C1). The following proofs of English will be allowed:

o   A recent TOEFL Certificate: minimum score: 587 points (Paper) or 95 points (Internet)

o   A recent IELTS Certificate: minimum score: 6.5 (overall band score 7)

o   A recent First Certificate in English of the University of Cambridge

o   A recent Certificate of a University Language Centre testifying that the student masters the necessary knowledge of English to function academically (specify CEF-level) - C1 level

o   A recent TOEIC Certificate: minimum score: 780 points

o   Important Note: 

§  If you are unable to provide the test result or certificate for one of the above language tests due to time constraints (if the test itself takes place after the application deadline), then you need to upload a proof of registration for one of these tests. You then need to send us the test results by email as soon as you receive them. Note that you will have to prove that you meet the language requirements before we can definitively award you a fellowship. 

§  Native English speakers, from countries where English is the official language, are exempt from this language regulation.


§  4 grants for Category A candidates

§  1 grants for Category B candidates

§  sometimes grants are available for specific countries such as for Western Balkan and Turkey?

§  FUSION-DC also expects to have available PhD grants that are not funded by EM but by other means. The amount of those grants may be different from the EM mundus grants.

  • What is the amount of the FUSION-DC grant?
    • An Erasmus Mundus PhD grant is a grant lasting for 3 years (36 months). With the grant PhD candidates get an employment contract (including social security). The monthly salary will be approximately 1400 euro (depending on the country and institute where the candidate will be employed).

o  600 € per month or 7.200 € per year. A small sum (240 euro per year) will be put into a FUSION-DC fund. The remaining amount (6,960 euro) will be made available completely to the home institution of the candidate, which will have full financial responsibility.

o  This fee is paid to an account which is under supervision of the promoter of the doctoral work at the Home Institution.

o  The fee covers the expenses related to the obligatory elements of the doctoral programme, including (but not limited to):

§  enrolment at the partner universities where you will reside,

§  compulsory training or courses,

§  participation over the three years in at least two international conferences, of at least two PhD events,

§  page charges for scientific paper(s),

§  thesis defence, attendance of outside referees, of expensive equipment/materials (because FUSION-DC is laboratory based).


  • What are the mobility rules?
    • The doctoral candidates holding an Erasmus Mundus fellowship must perform their training/research periods in at least two different countries represented in the consortium. Institutional mobility and a placement of minimum 6 months is foreseen at the start of the doctoral period by involving at least two FUSION-DC partners per doctoral subject. At least one of the partners should be eligible to award the doctorate degree; this partner will be acting as the 'main doctorate promoter'.
    • For Category B fellowship holders, these two countries must be different from the country in which the doctoral candidate has obtained his/her last university degree. (The candidate may choose his/her last degree (usually masters) awarding country if this degree was awarded in the context of a joint/double/multiple degree scheme.)
    • To qualify as a category A applicant, the applicant must not have carried out his or her main activity (studies, work, etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in any of the EU Member States or the countries participating in the Consortium. The only exception is for third-country doctoral candidates, who held an Erasmus Mundus Master Course before.


  • Can I apply if I get my Master degree after the application deadline but before the coming academic year?
    • Yes, but you will need to submit proof that you are close to finishing your Master, e.g. a proof from your university that states you are enrolled in your last year (or a statement from your thesis supervisor confirming that you will shortly be submitting your thesis. )

  • How to participate without an Erasmus Mundus PhD grant?

    • You will need academic admission from the FUSION-DC Steering Committee in order to be allowed to the programme.
    • In case you have applied for FUSION-DC and been put on the “reserve list” of a specific FUSION-DC call you are automatically considered as academically admitted. 
    • In case you have not previously applied, the FUSION-DC office will check your CV, Master degree, transcript of records and motivation letter; and possibly doctoral research proposal. You need to email these documents to the FUSION-DC office. 
    •  After the FUSION-DC office has received the official selection news from EU/EACEA (by early May) we relay this message to the candidates on the main list & reserve list.
    • As soon as a candidate has found funding, and has come to an agreement with the promoter, he/she should contact the FUSION-DC office. The FUSION-DC office will then ask the promoter(s) of the subject for formal approval on acceptance of the candidate for the PhD subject. Once this is done further administrative follow up will be started by the FUSION-DC office.

    • You need to be academically eligible
    • You need to find funding yourself









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