Call for Applications, Global-MINDS Master Programme in Social & Cultural Psychology


Global-MINDS applications for 2019 are open.

Scholarship Application Deadline: 20 January, 2019.

Self-funded applications, 1st Phase Deadline: 20 January, 2019.

There will be a second phase for self-funded applications if there are open positions after the evaluation of first round applications.

Application Procedures and Requirements

Global-MINDS application process will be completed on the e-Consort system, at least for the initial portion of the application period. It is possible that applications will be migrated to the Fênix system used by ISCTE-IUL at a later date. All people who have begun applications will be contacted if this migration occurs.

To register on the eConsort system, follow this link (https://econsort.ugent.be/regis.asp?frm=1953).

To access the application after registration, follow this link (https://econsort.ugent.be/applicationform.asp?frmid=39095).

The application form must be completed online by filling in all the indicated boxes in English; you will be able to save the form to complete gradually; all data will be saved to our database. Please make sure that all personal information corresponds to the attached documents and certificates.

Each eligible application will be evaluated for quality and those applicants who pass the first stage will be interviewed by video or telephone (see details below). Final ranking of candidates will be made after the interviews.

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Information about costs, scholarships, and applicant categories is available on the Costs and Funding page.

Applicants will be admitted to the programme as self-funded students on the condition that they demonstrate, prior to enrollment, financial ability to cover the prospective educational and living expenses, including the tuition fees and costs related to the mandatory mobility. A Budget Simulator to help assess financial means is available here (https://global-minds.eu/application/budget-simulator-assistance/).

Application Materials To Submit

  • A 30€ application fee, which will be refunded to those who are admitted and enroll in the programme, more information is available here.
  • Application, available here after registration on the system
  • Curriculum Vitae in English (preferred format: Europass).
  • Motivation letter in English (max. 1000 words) demonstrating the applicant’s motivation, academic/professional background, professional goals and consistency between these and the Global-MINDS program objectives.
  • ***Applicants with Turkish citizenship assigned to Path C will be required to submit results of the ALES exam, with a minimum score of 55 (Equal Weighed). ALES is a national Graduate Education Science Exam, similar to the GRE, and compulsory for Turkish citizens. If not available during the time of the application, the certificate may be submitted during the second semester of study while at Koç University if the applicant is admitted.***
  • A scan of the applicant’s passport (a scan of the national ID will be accepted conditionally if the applicant does not have a passport at the time of application). Applicants with multiple nationalities must choose which one to use for their application, and include the corresponding materials.
  • Proof of current residence (residence certificate or a certificate from the applicant’s workplace, study institution or training institution; with certified translation to English).
  • A scan of a certified 1st cycle degree diploma with apostille (see Hague Apostille Convention Information) or alternative certification and certified English translation.​
    • In case of degrees other than the Bachelor or Integrated Master (Bachelor and Master combined) degree, a statement of comparability issued by ENIC-NARIC is required.
    • If the applicant has not completed the 1st cycle degree at the time of application, she/he must send proof of enrollment, available transcripts, and a declaration of the expected date of completion (original and certified English translation as necessary) from the university that will issue the diploma. In this case, if the applicant is accepted, this will be conditional on the submission of a 1st cycle degree diploma before enrollment.
    • **The original certified diploma will need to be presented at the starting university by those applicants admitted to the program.**
  • Official diploma supplement or transcript, listing all courses taken and the respective grades and certified translation to English. If applicant has not completed degree at the time of application, the final transcript will be required before enrollment.
  • Two completed recommendation forms from two separate referees (in English), available here: GMReferenceForm_2017. If preferred, the referees may send forms directly to the European Administrative Coordinator at info@global-minds.euLetters cannot be substituted for forms.
  • Certificate of English language proficiency at a high B2 level of the CEFR. See list of accepted certificates below, or evidence of eligibility for a language proficiency waiver (see circumstances below).
  • If applicable, any academic publications of which applicant is an author. In case of publications in languages other than English, an English translation of the abstract should be provided.
  • In some cases additional materials may be requested.

Eligibility Criteria

In order for a student application to be taken into consideration, the candidate must comply with the minimum requirements with regard to (1) administrative prerequisites, (2) academic prerequisites and (3) language prerequisites.

  1. Administrative prerequisites are:

(a) Compliance with the application calendar and deadlines;

(b) Submission of a complete set of required application documents in English, or with a certified English translation.

(c) Application to no more than 3 Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s Degree programs per selection year (see https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/library/scholarships-catalogue_en).

        2. Academic prerequisites are:

(d) Completed Bachelor in psychology/ with a psychology major (at least 100 ECTS in psychology or directly related (i.e., statistics)) or another degree in psychology recognized by the EU as a 1st or 2nd cycle degree, equivalent to at least 180 ECTS. This prerequisite must be fulfilled at the time of administrative enrollment. Applications from students of the last year of Bachelor or equivalent study programs will be accepted conditionally.

        3. Language prerequisites are:

(e) Proficiency in written and spoken English at a high B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CECR), with preference given to those with a C1 level or above. Certificates should be no more than 2 years old. The list of accepted certificates are (this may be update):

  • COE/ALTE (Council of Europe/Association of Language Testers in Europe) – B2
  • IELTS (Academic) with an overall score of 6.0 – no less than 5.5 on each section
  • TOEFL iBT (internet-based test) with an overall score of 78 – no less than 18 on each section
  • TOEFL CBT (computer-based test) with an overall score of 210 – no less than 18 on each section
  • TOEFL PBT (paper-based test) with an overall score of 550 – no less than 45 on each section
  • TOEIC  with an overall score of 800 – no less than a 57 on each section
  • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English – FCE (First Certificate in English), grade A or B 
  • A certificate proving attendance in at least 1 year of higher education completed entirely in English

If, for logistic reasons, an official certificate is not available at the time of application, sufficiently convincing proof of English proficiency may be considered at the discretion of the admission committee. In the case that such an application is ranked within those accepted for admission, the acceptance of this application may be considered provisional until proof of English proficiency is provided.

The language proficiency certificate requirement is waived for Native English language speakers or those who completed their higher education in any one of the following countries: Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia.

Student Selection

Each eligible application will be evaluated on a 100-point scale by two Local Academic Coordinators from two different Partner Institutions on the following joint criteria:

  • academic achievement and potential (e.g., grades and distinctions; 1 to 35);
  • CV, academic, professional and other experience (e.g., research experience, international/ volunteering experience, higher English language proficiency; 1 to 35);
  • motivation and career ambitions (1 to 20);
  • referee evaluation and recommendations (1 to 10).

Short-listed candidates will be invited to an interview conducted via Skype, video conference or by telephone. The remaining candidates will be notified by email about the panel’s decision and informed about the appeal procedure.

Short-listed candidates will be assessed against individualized criteria defined in advance of each interview in order to obtain more complete information about the candidate (e.g., applicants’ background) and common criteria (e.g., career ambitions). The Governing Board will agree on the final candidate rankings and on the allocation of candidates to mobility paths (based on preferences and candidate ranking) in order to achieve approximately equal distribution of students across mobility paths.

We strive for diversity among the participants in the Global-MINDS program. Students with special needs are encouraged to apply; the Consortium will ensure that all necessary arrangements (e.g., accessibility to classrooms) are in place if they are selected.

The absolute ranking shall specify three categories of candidates:

  • The highest ranked candidates will be admitted and, if eligible offered a scholarship.
  • The second level will be admitted as self-financed students.
  • The final level will not be admitted.

All candidates who are not accepted will be informed about the appeal procedure.