Frequently Asked Questions

A new FAQs section is available to help applicants in dealing with common issues related to application form filling.

Candidates who have completed a 1st Cycle academic degree and are going to complete the 2nd Cycle within the 31st July 2013 are eligible for the call. Candidates appearing in the main lists and not succeeding in the completion of a 2nd Cycle academic degree track within the aforementioned date will be automatically excluded.

Yes, you are eligible being considered as an equivalent academic qualification.

EMJD ICE consortium considers the countries listed below as countries of native speakers: Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Barbuda, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Canada (except Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean, Dominica, Fiji, Ghana, Grand Cayman, Islands, Grenada, Guyana, Irish Republic, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa (If Afrikaans is not, native language), St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Swaziland, Tanzania, Tobago, Trinidad, Uganda, United Kingdom, United States, Virgin Islands, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

The candidates coming from these countries are not required to attach any other evidence of English proficiency.

In addition, candidates coming from any other country may be considered as native English speakers, if they have completed a Master's program in a native English speaking country listed here: Brunei, Cameroon, Canada, Ethiopia, Gambia, India, Israel, Kiribati, Malta, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Micronesia, Namibia, Nauru, Pakistan, Palau, Philippines, Rwanda, Samoa, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu. In this case, attachment of Thesis is mandatory.

Also, candidates who have followed a degree programme fully taught in English in any other country, will be considered as native English speakers in case of submission of two mandatory documents: (1) an official certificate of the awarding university duly signed by a university representative stating that the official teaching language is English, and (2) the Master thesis written in English.

All other candidates are required to attach English test certificate.


In case the student is not falling in the previous cases (English native speaker) application not compliant with the minimum requirements stated in ICE Call for Application will not be considered as eligible (e.g. possession of the certificate and expiry date of the certificate).

GPA grading scale is 1 to 4. Please refer to available on-line tools to evaluate the GPA.

The first list of successful applicants will be available around ten days after the expiry date of the call.

A date will be fixed by EMJD ICE coordinating team for the interview. Two supervisors and the applicant will participate to the interview under the form of a video-conference call by means of Skype (mandatory).

Interview phase will start two days after the official communication of the first selection step list of successful applicants. The interview phase will last approximately one week so a negotiation concerning proposed date for interview is possible through a fast reply to the e-mail sent by the consortium.

Successful applicants at qualification stage will be preferably assigned to a research project related to their favourite research area (corresponding to mark 1 or 2) and will be interviewed focusing on the themes corresponding to the same application field. Please notice that Selection and Admission Committee can assign the candidate to research areas different from the most preferred.

The PhD proposal is important for evaluating the skills of the applicant and a discussion concerning the project will be made in the interview phase (reserved only to a first selected list of students)

All required documents should be sent in electronic format. A paper copy may be provided, only after the final selection list publication, to the enrolling university for internal evaluation processes of declared titles and qualifications.