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A4U Scholarships for PhD Students

BINUS University proudly participates in the Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility program which offers a funded mobility for PhD Students from Indonesia to Spain.

Alliance of 4 Universities (A4U) is a strategic partnership of four Spanish public universities: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM), Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M), and Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) in Barcelona. One of the objectives of the A4U internationalization strategy is to promote mobility with leading universities in countries with emerging economies such as Russia, South Africa, Indonesia, Iran, and Vietnam.

A4U has been awarded funds under the Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility Programme – KA107, which enables students from A4U universities and its partner universities in the above-mentioned countries to undertake mobility stay. The main purposes of this call are:

  • To offer training, research and study development opportunities to PhD students at participating universities;
  • To support PhD students achieve sustained improvements in knowledge, teaching and research skills;
  • To forge and deepen lasting links between A4U universities and its partner universities thus enhancing transnational academic cooperation;
  • To improve participants’ language and cultural skills, promoting mutual enrichment and understanding.

Duration:  3 months (between April 2020-31 July 2021, based on the academic calendar at the host university)
Coverage:  Subsistence EUR 850/month and travel allowance EUR 1,500
Deadline:   14 February 2020 (CLOSED)
Result announcement: 11 May 2020

Below you may find the guidelines for your reference:

  1. Read the call

Read the call carefully, and ensure you meet the eligibility requisites. B2 level of English is equivalent to score 72-94 in TOEFL iBT (after October 2016) and score 5,5-6,5 in IELTS. Attached you may find the table of equivalences of B2 level to other English certificates.

  2. Decide on the host university for your mobility

Discuss mobility opportunities with your supervisor. Decide which university you would like to go to by checking their research offer through their website. Factsheets, published together with the call, can provide a snapshot of partner universities and contain useful links. Get an initial idea of departments/academics that might be able to host and supervise you during your mobility.

  3. Fill in the Mobility Agreement (as attached)

You don ́t have to fill in the “number of ECTS credits” column unless you are planning to take courses that you want to have recognized in credits at your home institution.

   4. Get your Learning Agreement signed

Approach a potential host academic at the receiving university with your research proposal to check their availability/willingness to act as your host supervisor, and agree on the mobility dates. Obtain signatures of your Learning Agreement by the host academic at the receiving university (the one who will supervise you during mobility), your supervisor at the sending university, and sign it yourself. It is possible that there is no match for your area at any of the four universities. The match is not guaranteed and will depend on the availability of an academic researching in the same area and on the quality of your proposal.

  5. Get a recommendation letter

Identify a referee who can provide a recommendation letter for you in English or in Spanish. It can be your supervisor or a course tutor or another member of staff who can provide extra information on your skills, experience and personal attributes. The referee should know you well enough to be able to write positively about you and they should also know you relatively recently to be able to comment on your present development. Ask the referee to send the recommendation letter to with “Recommendation letter” in the subject field before February 14, 2020 (CLOSED).

  6. Have your CV ready

Make sure it is updated and serves the purpose of helping the evaluator assess your application. There is no pre-determined format for the CV and it can be in English or Spanish.

  7. Submit your application

Fill in the application form on attaching the signed Learning Agreement and CV. Your application will be checked to make sure everything is correct. It is highly recommended to apply well in advance of the deadline to make sure there is enough time for the check.

For more information, simply visit or contact Ms. Debby, BINUS International Office, at Good luck!

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