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Erasmus+ Mobility Grants for Masters Students

Erasmus+ Mobility Grants for Masters study abroad are one of several forms of postgraduate funding offered by the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme.

Unlike Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree scholarships or Masters Degree Loans, grants for mobility support don’t fund students to complete full degree programmes.

Instead, they provide support for shorter periods of study or training in another country. You can earn credits towards an existing course of study during these placements, but they don’t award a specific qualification themselves.

What types of Erasmus+ Mobility Grant are available?

An Erasmus+ Mobility placement can be a great option if you are already enrolled on a Masters in your current country of residence, but want to access specialist training, facilities or other opportunities in another country.

You can receive funding to study at a foreign institution for a short period (such as a single semester) or to undertake an international training placement.

Either option can also be an excellent way to enrich your degree programme and begin enhancing your CV in preparation for further study or for a specific career path. Even a short period abroad can help prepare the ground for a PhD in another country.

International employers may also be impressed by candidates who have already gone out of their way to acquire appropriate experience.

Erasmus+ study placements

Study placements last for between 3 and 12 months and must take place within recognised higher education institutions.

Your current university will usually have an existing inter-institutional agreement with these. Study placements can take place in any Erasmus Programme Country or Partner Country.

Erasmus+ traineeships

Traineeships last for between 2 and 12 months. They must take place within appropriate organisations offering professional training and expertise related to your field of study.

You can be based in any Erasmus Programme Country, but traineeships in Partner Countries will not be available until the 2017-18 academic year.

Programme Countries & Partner Countries

There are two types of countries involved in Erasmus+. Programme Countries are EU members, candidate members and EEA members. Partner Countries include other participants. There's a full list in our Erasmus introduction.

Combining multiple mobility periods

You are allowed to complete multiple mobility placements, provided you have approval from your home institution to do so as part of your degree programme.

Additional placements can be for study or training (as appropriate) and may take place in any eligible countries. There are no set restrictions on completing a second placement at the same institution or organisation, but you will need to show that this will make a worthwhile contribution to your education or training.

The only restriction on combining multiple placements concerns the total amount of time you spend studying or training abroad.

Combinations of study and / or training placements cannot exceed a total of 12 months during any one degree programme. This restriction will usually apply regardless of the length of your degree; even if your Masters lasts for two years, you cannot spend more than 12 months of it on Erasmus+ mobility placements.

Where can you study on an Erasmus Masters placement?

The Erasmus+ programme supports postgraduate student mobility in all of its participating countries.

However, some forms of Mobility Grant are limited to Programme Countries rather than Partner Countries. You can read more about different types of participating country in our overview of Erasmus+ funding for Masters students.

Individual institutions must also agree to participate in exchanges as a recognised component of their degree courses.

In most cases your current university (referred to as your ‘sending institution’) will need to have an ‘inter-institutional agreement’ in place with partner institutions or organisations.

This will formalise the exchange of students between the two institutions and allow for you to continue to earn credits towards your Masters degree whilst studying abroad (if appropriate).


You cannot normally receive an Erasmus+ Mobility Grant to study elsewhere in your current country of residence (even if this is different to your country of origin).

For example, if you are a UK student studying a Masters in Greece, you cannot apply for support with a placement at another Greek institution, but you would be eligible to visit a university in Poland as part of the Erasmus+ programme. You can also apply for support to study in your country of origin (if you are already studying abroad). However, you may find that your university prioritises funding for other students in such cases.

These restrictions are in place to preserve the philosophy behind the Erasmus programme, which seeks to encourage and support new forms of international study and exchange.

How much funding is provided for Erasmus+ Masters placements?

The exact amount of support provided to Masters students on Erasmus+ mobility placements may vary between institutions and placements.

Any tuition fees charged by your host institution are likely to be covered as part of the exchange partnership with your sending university.

Most Erasmus+ Mobility Grants will also provide additional support to help with any maintenance or travel costs you incur as part of your placement.

Note that not all Erasmus+ exchanges are funded with Mobility Grants. Instead some simply provide opportunities to study abroad that would not otherwise be available (along with a means of gaining academic credit for them).

Your university will be able to provide you with more information on the amount of funding it has available.

Who can apply for an Erasmus+ Mobility Grant as a Masters student?

Mobility Grants are more varied than Erasmus+ Masters Loans or Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degrees. You can apply in a range of circumstances and this will determine specific availability and eligibility criteria.

Remember that, unlike most other Masters funding, you'll normally apply for a Mobility Grant after you have started your course.

Eligibility criteria

Eligibility criteria for Erasmus+ Mobility Grants are fairly simple. You will need to already be studying towards a full degree qualification (such as a Masters). You will also need to be enrolled at a recognised higher education institution.

This institution itself will need to be located within a participating Erasmus+ country. It will also need to have exchange partnerships established with other institutions.

Application process

You should apply for Erasmus+ mobility funding at your current university.

In most cases its international office will arrange Erasmus partnerships and handle the selection of candidates. Selection criteria will depend on the institutions in question, but will usually take into account academic performance and suitability.

You may be asked to provide a statement describing the importance of the placement to your degree programme.

Other forms of Erasmus+ funding

You can also read more about Erasmus+ funding for Masters degrees elsewhere in our Masters funding guides. There you’ll find information on the other forms of postgraduate funding offered by the Erasmus+ programme, including Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degrees and Erasmus+ Master Degree Loans.

Last updated - 12/07/2016

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