Eligibility Criteria, both from Asia to EU and to EU to Asia, unless specified
For Target Group 1 (TGI): students need to be registered at one of the third-country (Asian) or the European country (EU) higher education institutions (HEIs) of the partnership at the time of submitting their application to the partnership. Undergraduate students must have successfully completed at least one year of studies in their home institution;
For Target Group 2 (TGII): students need either to be registered in a HEI (not included in the partnership or associated partner) of the European country or the third-country concerned by the lot or to have obtained a university degree or equivalent from a HEI of these third-countries or European countries;
For Target Group 3 (TGIII - Asia to EU only ): students need to be nationals of one of the third-countries concerned by the lot and be part of the vulnerable target groups; these include:
- be part of the vulnerable target groups;
- having a refugee status or asylum beneficiaries (international or according to the national legislation of one of the European recipient countries); or
- it can be proven that they have been the object of unjustified expulsion from university on racial, ethnic, religious, political, gender or sexual inclination; or
- they belong to an indigenous population targeted by a specific national policy or IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons).
- Belonging to national minorities, living in particularly remote rural areas, victims of natural disasters or orphans is not sufficient for having the TG3 status, because this status strongly depends on their concrete social, geographical and/or political context.
- Just as it is the case for the the above three examples, also mentioned in the programme guide, the status as member of a vulnerable group would therefore need to be proven and certified by a governmental, non-governmental or international body, which must be completely independent from the project partnership, e.g. the national public authorities, a NGO, an international organisation, a recognised religious association etc. (Clarification courtesy given by the EACEA).
I addition to the above criteria, all the applicants have to be nationals of an Asian Country concerned by the lot. For EU to Asia, applicants have to be EU Nationals. All applicants are requested to upload scanned versions of all original documents (Passport to check the Asian or EU nationality, transcripts of record, diploma, degree certificates, language certificates etc.). In addition, scanned versions of certified translations/official translations of all these documents into English or the language of the host country are obligatory.
All selected scholars will be advised to check with their host universities if there are specific deadlines for submitting original documents. Admission criteria of all partner institutions in the consortium have to be respected. All applicants will need to check the general information sheet of the respective host university.
In case, applicants do not have all required documents at the end of the call (e.g. they have not obtained their degree yet, but will have obtained it once the mobility starts), they will be asked to get in touch with the respective host university. In case the official LEADER contact person at the host university exceptionally agrees that some documents can be sent after the application deadline, this email conversation should be copied & pasted and uploaded in the online application as an explanation. In case the application is successful, scholars will be conditionally accepted and given a certain deadline in order to submit the missing documents. However, applicants who have submitted complete applications by uploading all required documents will be favoured.
The CV needs to be filled in as accurately as possible based on the provided format. It needs to be clear from the information in the CV that applicants from Asian countries have not resided nor carried out their main activity (studies, work, etc.) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in one of the European countries (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, Turkey, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway)
If applicants belong to Target Group 2 :
The LEADER Project strives in ensuring justice to social equity and to set proactive measures to encourage vulnerable groups as well as socially and economically disadvantaged people.
Students from Target Group 3 will be taken into special consideration in the context of the promotion and selection procedure and receive special support by the consortium.
For Asia to EU mobilities, the validation of each application is made by the Asian Coordinator in cooperation with the EU Coordinator.
The final decision on the validity of the documents (TG 3 documents, transcript of records, etc) is taken by the Asian Coordinator
For EU to Asia mobilities the validation of each application is made by the EU coordinator and approved by the Asian Coordinator.