The FUSION-EP master program has been selected in the list of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD) funded by the European Union. From the academic year starting in Sept. 2020, fifteen scholarships (including the participation fees and a monthly allowance) will be awarded to the applicants with the highest-profile. Among these scholarships, about twelve will be awarded to applicants from Partner Countries*.
*According to the EMJMD rules, students who have previously obtained an EMJMD scholarship or an Erasmus Mundus Master Course/Joint Doctorate scholarship are not eligible to apply for an additional scholarship under the EMJMD action.
EMJMD scholarship holders cannot benefit from another EU funded scholarship scheme to follow the same EMJMD course and this for the entire period of the course.
Magnetic confinement fusion is a field aiming at delivering a sustainable, carbon-free massive energy production track within a few decades. The field has changed gear since the ITER International Organisation has been set up and started to build the ITER device in the EU.
The FUSION-EP program, created in 2006, aims at training the next generations of magnetic confinement fusion physicists and engineers. Since the academic year 2019/2020, FUSION-EP shifted the coordination from the University of Gent to Aix-Marseille University in order to put forward new objectives.
The FUSION-EP program is organized in two periods of increasing specialization in two different countries until the 3rd semester's distinct track possibilities: Fusion Sciences and Fusion Technology. A very comprehensive insight into the cutting-edge R&D in nuclear fusion is guaranteed by the broad range of expertise available in the Consortium.
In addition to its strong internationalization, a unique feature of FUSION-EP is the stimulation of the students' learning performances by innovative training methods. One on-line and three mobility joint sessions are implemented throughout the curriculum, during which, the students practice their academic knowledge in research situations. They enrich their set of transferrable skills by working in a multicultural environment. Each summer a 4-day event is a further opportunity for the students to meet each other and visiting scholars and lecturers.
The fourth semester is focused on the application of the learning outcomes in a professional situation. This placement period is used to prepare the Master thesis at a partner or in industry. The defense of the student’s master thesis is held in public during the Summer event, attended by all students.
Every student will stay at two different host universities, each during 2 semesters.
The host universities are:
Ghent University, Gent
Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3) or Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), Madrid
Université de Lorraine, Nancy/Metz
Universität Stuttgart, Stuttgart
Aix-Marseille University, Marseille
Czech Technical University, Prague
Self-funded EU and non-EU students already present in one of the partner universities for M1 can apply for regular Erasmus+ exchange support when going to one of the other partner universities for M2.
During the second semester, the M1 students are invited to meet the M2 students during 2 days in Cadarache (near ITER)
During the 3rd semester, the students will stay two weeks at the IPP Prague research center (see Joint Experimentation) and during the last semester, all students will spend two weeks at CEA-IRFM in Cadarache near ITER. (see Joint Practicum)
During the month of July, each year in a different partner university, both M1 and M2 students spend one week together for the Summer Event where the M2 students defend their master thesis and graduate.
Minimum graduate admission requirements:
​A bachelor's degree or the recognized equivalent from an accredited institution (minimum 3 years study or an equivalent 180 ECTS)
Sufficient undergraduate training to do graduate work in the chosen field
A satisfactory academic average and ranking within the peer group
The application to the FUSION-EP master program is open to all students who have or are in the process of obtaining a Bachelor's degree or a recognized equivalent academic degree of minimum 3 years study (180 ECTS or more) in physics or engineering (nuclear, materials, chemical, electrical).
Applicants with another degree but with experience or knowledge in one of these fields can be admitted on a decision by the FUSION-EP Steering Committee on the basis of their CV and other evidence.
Minimum knowledge about (a course credit proving this minimum knowledge is mandatory):
Quantum mechanics, comparable to the content of the following edition: Introduction to Quantum Mechanics, by Brian Harold Bransden, C J Joachim, C J Joschim (ISBN: 047021161X).
Statistical physics or Thermodynamics, comparable to the content of the following edition: Statistical Physics, by Mandl, (ISBN10: 0471915335 or ISBN13: 9780471915331(The Manchester Physics Series)
Electromagnetism, comparable to the content of the following edition: Classical electrodynamics, by J.D. Jackson (ISBN: 0-471-30932-X)
Admission decisions are based on a combination of factors, including academic degrees and records, the statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, test scores, language skills, and relevant work experience, if any. We also consider the appropriateness of your goals to the FUSION-EP program. In addition, consideration may be given to the expectable contribution of your background and life experience to an educationally beneficial mix of students.
(TOEFL PAPER: 580 TOEFL CBT: 230 TOEFL IBT: 90 IELTS: 6,5 with a minimum of 6.0 for each part) or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), grade C - CAE, or proof that you have been enrolled and successful for at least two years in a 100% English-speaking program.
GRE test on physics, especially if you have studied in a non-European university.
Transcript of results
Note that your application will not be considered if you do not upload the transcript of the results of the last two academic years.
EMJMD scholarship eligibility
Students who have previously obtained an EMJMD scholarship or an Erasmus Mundus Master Course/Joint Doctorate scholarship are not eligible to apply for an additional scholarship under the EMJMD action. EMJMD scholarship holders cannot benefit from another EU funded scholarship scheme to follow the same EMJMD course and this for the entire period of the course.
Start collecting the following documents:
Your Bachelor or Master diploma - if not yet available obtain an attestation from your university stating you will obtain it before starting our program.
A full list of all courses followed the last 3 or 4 years with the results obtained.
A passport for non-EU students at least 12 months valid when arriving in the host country.
Financial support in order to pay the 9000 EUR (non-EU students) or 4500 EUR (EU students) program fee. Know that you will need at least 750 EUR per month for 23 months. Note that from the next academic year (2020-2021) a number of scholarships (including the program fee and a monthly allowance) will be available.
An official international language test (so NO national language test) like TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge, or proof that you have been enrolled and successful for at least two years in a 100% English-speaking program.
A CV in English.
Other supporting documents like Summer Schools related to the subject (physics, energy, plasma, etc.) (not mandatory)
Other EU languages certificates (not mandatory)
Program Countries refers to all EU Member States and Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, the Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia and Turkey.
Partner countries are all other countries.
The deadline for candidates who apply to the FUSION-EP program and a FUSION-EP fellowship is January 15, 2020. Those candidates are evaluated by the FUSION-EP Steering Committee by end of February / beginning of March 2020. Applications are either accepted, put on a waiting list for a scholarship, or rejected. The candidates will be informed about the decision by email. Candidates on the waiting list are automatically admitted without a scholarship. In case a candidate accepted for a scholarship decides not to join the program, the top candidate on the waiting list will be proposed his/her scholarship. This will be done for each resigning candidate.
A second selection round is organized for candidates not applying for a FUSION-EP fellowship. The deadline for these applications is May 15, 2020. Candidates will be informed about the decision by email by the end of June / beginning of July 2020.
Rejected candidates can appeal in the next 14 days after notification.
Selected candidates must confirm their participation within one week of the notification. They must start the registration procedure at their host university with the help of the local coordinator.
Candidates accepted without a scholarship and who cannot find financial support in their country or from international institutions can apply for Consortium support. This will only be provided on a case by case basis, depending on the available funds. It is considered as an additional aid and not a full scholarship.
Tuition fees must be paid before arriving at the host university.
Students from partner countries
​The tuition fee is 9000 EUR per year so the complete master 2 x 9000 EUR is 18.000 EUR. Students who pay the complete tuition fee are fully insured, and accommodation for the 2 Summer Events, 2 Winter Events, and the Joint experimentation and analysis session in Prague are included.
Students from program countries
The tuition fee is 4500 EUR per year so the complete master 2 x 4500 EUR is 9000 EUR. Students who pay the complete tuition fee are fully insured, and accommodation for the 2 Summer Events, 2 Winter Events, and the Joint experimentation and analysis session in Prague are included.
From 2020, the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) support will allow us to award a limited number of scholarships including the tuition fee and a monthly allowance. The application deadline is January 15.