Masters Scholarship in Human Rights and Democratisation in Europe in 2020

Masters Scholarship in Human Rights:The Global Campus of Human Rights offers Scholarships for European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation in the 2020/21 session.

The European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (EMA) is the main teaching programme of the Global Campus of Human Rights(GC).

Established in 1997 thanks to the vision of 10 pioneer universities, EMA is the oldest Master’s programme supported by the European Union. Over the years it has developed according to changing approaches to human rights and democratisation in Europe and in the world and to more integrated strategies in trans-European human rights education. Today EMA counts on the participation of 41 prestigious universities and human rights centres from all member states of the European Union.

EMA’s academic excellence in teaching, research and practical training is a testament to the spirit shared by professors, experts, students and staff: genuine dedication to the advancement of global values and human dignity through inter-university cooperation, interdisciplinarity and an action-oriented approach. In order to achieve these aims, the programme successfully combines two objectives: on the one hand, to provide a solid theoretical preparation and, on the other hand, to offer a good understanding of the operational requirements and challenges of practical work.

The growing number of EMA graduates (more than 1300 so far) and their prominent careers reflect the far-reaching impact of EMA: a source of inspiration and the creator of a community of competent specialists working in the field of human rights and democratisation at the local, regional, national, international level both in the governmental and non-governmental sectors as well as in academia.

Worth of Award

  • GC does not provide full scholarships.
  • Only a small number of students might benefit from modest financial support in the form of a partial contribution towards living expenses and/or a full or partial tuition waiver (eight scholarships were granted last year).


  • EMA is open to EU and non-EU citizens.

The criteria used during the selection process are:

  • academic ability and background
  • experience
  • language competence
  • motivation

Academic requirements

  • Applicants are required to hold a university degree of a high standard in a field relevant to human rights, including disciplines in Law, Social Sciences and Humanities, and must have a minimum of 180 ECTS (Bachelor/General Degree).

Candidatures can be considered as long as the applicant has obtained a degree corresponding to:

  • 180 ECTS credits (generally a 3-year course) or
  • 240 ECTS credits (generally a 4-year course) or
  • A combination of a degree of 180 ECTS and relevant proven additional experience or studies (such as 1-year MA or summer courses)
  • Additional studies and practical experience in the area of human rights in inter-governmental, governmental, or non-governmental organisations are helpful.
  • Certified fluency in English is an admission requirement to the programme. While not a prerequisite, the ability to understand lectures and read academic texts in French is a definite advantage too.Image result for Human Rights conference

How to Apply for the Masters Scholarship in Human Rights:

  • If your participation in the EMA programme is conditional upon receiving financial support, this must be clearly indicated in the application form.
  • In order to submit your application, please carefully read the admission criteria’
  • In order for your application to be considered it is mandatory that you pay the application processing fee of 50 (fifty) Euro
  • Once you have completed the payment of the processing fee, please make an electronic copy of your receipt of payment and upload it to the application form
  • Only applications submitted through the online link be accepted.
  • The entire application, including your statement of motivation and the CV, has to be presented in English. Please also include a non-certified English translation of the required proofs, if the original certificates were not issued in English, French, Spanish or Italian.
  • If you intend to apply for Global Campus’ financial support as a precondition for participating in the EMA programme, please be informed that very few grants or tuition waivers are available.

Deadline: Second round application deadline is March 20, 2020.

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