How to Apply

Scholarship applications open on October 1st. To apply for the programme, please fill the application forms at the following URL:
Self-funded candidates may apply all year long at the following URL:

Candidates are informed that their personal data may be sent to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) and may be used by other bodies involved in the management of Erasmus Mundus (i.e. European Commission, Erasmus Mundus National Structures, EU Delegations, Erasmus Mundus Student and Alumni Association) for facilitating the student/doctoral candidate access to the joint programme.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Students have been awarded the equivalent of 300 ECTS of studies with a major in computer science, from an accredited university (listed in the IAU's List of Universities of the World). At least, 60 of those ECTS must correspond to a Master's degree.
  • Students must be able to demonstrate proficiency in English by means of an internationally recognised test equivalent to level C1 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). These tests include, e.g., Cambridge English First A, IELTS (academic) 7.0, TOEFL (paper based) 637, TOEFL (computer based) 270, TOEFL (Internet based) 95, etc.

Application Deadlines

Important dates are summarized below.

Opening of the scholarship application October 1st, 2016
Deadline for scholarship application December 13th, 2016
Deadline for uploading reference letters December 14th, 2016
Deadline for receiving certified true copy of official documents

The documents must be posted to:
Alberto Abello
Campus Nord Omega-009
UPC - dept ESSI
C/Jordi Girona Salgado 1-3
E-08034 Barcelona, Catalonia (Spain)
January 18th, 2017
Preliminary decision of the scholarship End of February 2017
Formal confirmation of the scholarship End of May 2017
Deadline for uploading proof of Master degree (Non-European) Mid May 2017
Deadline for uploading proof of Master degree (European) June 30th, 2017
Deadline for application of self-funded students
Open all year long
Deadline for application of self-funded students
Open all year long
Start of the academic year September 2017

Notice that Programme Country students currently on their last year of Master can submit their application even if they have not yet their diploma. If they are selected, they need to submit their diploma and final grades for the last year of studies not later than June 30th, 2017.

Selection Procedure

Applications abiding by the above eligibility criteria will be scored according to the following selection criteria:

  • Domain of the Bachelor and Master (15/90): Points will be assigned proportional to the percentage of Computer Science credits in the curriculum according to topics defined in the ACM curricula, (Business Intelligence credits will score double).
  • Academic results (35/90): Computed as the weighted average of the marks in the different subjects, according to a translation table defined for each country.
  • Research experience (10/90): Specially appreciated will be publications in journals or conferences (either national or international).
  • Professional experience (10/90): Points will be given per year of work on IT or BI position (internships will score half of that).
  • Reference letters (10/90): Points will be assigned based on the following categories: Level of detail, specific information about the candidate, knowledge of the candidate, characteristics of the candidate, language used, overall impression.
  • CV, research proposal and motivation (10/90): Points will be assigned based on the following categories: organisation, sequencing, content, vocabulary and word choice, critical thinking, originality and creativity, accuracy of facts.

Application Manual

Before applying please, read carefully the Application Manual as it describes in details the application procedure and requirements. It will answer most of your questions.

Candidate Agreement

Selected candidates will have to sign a Candidate Agreement prior to their enrolment in the IT4BI-DC programme. The template of the Candidate Agreement can be found here.