Cultural Studies in Literary Interzones

EM Fellowship Application

The 2014-17 Erasmus Mundus fellowship recruitment campaign is over.

The Interzones Joint Doctorate, coordinated by the University of Bergamo in Italy, and pivoting on a consortium made of 16 outstanding universities on four different continents is revolutionary in its functioning, administration and in its brand-new approach to various disciplines of the Humanities: namely, comparative literature, visual cultures and cultural anthropology.

If you are interested in these fields of intellectual research and if you want to benefit from a life-time opportunity to experience multiculturalism, not only from a theoretical but also from a physical point of view, here are a few reasons to keep on reading.

  1. If successful, you will gain a multiple Degree recognized in “your” several countries of study, not just one. Additional certificates (in case you opt for a fourth destination) and a Diploma supplement will also be awarded to you after completing your doctoral studies.
  2. The Interzones EMJD is an elite doctoral programme that has been selected in the first wave of a fierce worldwide competition in 2009 (the only one in the Humanities per se, and in the context of the Mundus II Framework ending in 2017, there will be no more than 35 in total, all academic disciplines considered. It is currently supported by the European Commission for Education and Culture for students who meet the Erasmus Mundus Fellowship criteria, but we are just opening the doors of our doctorate this month (as part of our sustainable development policy) to excellent and independent students who also want to join us in this new academic venture.
  3. You will benefit from a wide range of top facilities, from lab rotation, trans-disciplinary doctoral seminars, language courses, administrative support and pastoral care available for Interzones Ph.D. students only – and an exclusive access to a worldwide network of prominent research centres, professors, publishers and cultural venues.

You will find below a recapitulating list of minimum requirements, mobility and didactic structure, and the type of degree conferred. If you have made up your mind, I would recommend that you read again the description of the Interzones programme and that you consult the “Research network” sections (in the general menu of this website) before actually filling in the application form and submitting your documents. Do not hesitate to write to if you need any further question, we will answer to you personally.

Professor Didier Girard,
General Co-ordinator of the Interzones EMJD


The academic criteria are exactly the same for all applicants (MA equivalent with excellent results in one of the disciplines represented in the consortium (Comparative Literature, Visual Cultural, Cultural anthropology).

Three languages are requested from our applicants: 1) English 2) French 3) a third language (with a limited choice between the 7 languages of the Consortium: Italian, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Russian, Polish, Catalan and German).

If selected in the last stage of the recruitment procedures, you will be offered a final mobility proposal from the Interzones Academic Council – on the basis of your linguistic skills and mobility preferences of course, but also taking into account the top academic opportunities offered here or there in the consortium in relation to your research topic.


The mobility includes a two-month crash course in Bergamo (induction semester); semesters 2 and 3 must be spent at the first of the two degree-awarding Partner universities: Tübingen / Perpignan for Category A students (European or non-European graduates who have not been residents nor have lived in Europe, for study or work, for more than 12 consecutive months during the 5 years prior to the application deadline) and Tübingen / Perpignan / New Delhi / Rio for Category B students (European or non-European graduates who do not qualify for Category A); semester 4 must be spent at another university, generally located on a different continent, in line with the guidelines and limitations specified in the Call for applications; semesters 5 and 6 must be spent by each student at the second degree-awarding university.


The degree conferred is a multiple degree made of two co-tutelle PhD degree certificates, and one (or two) diplomas stating that the student has been doing research in at least a third university (in the case of fellowship students, they all receive two additional diplomas).

D. MONTHLY FELLOWSHIP: 1,900 Euro (net before tax)

Besides this pay, fellowship holders will receive the following fixed contributions for travel and installation costs: Category A students: 5.340 Euro (net before tax) for the entire duration of the fellowship (three years); Category B students: 2.100 Euro (net before tax) for the entire duration of the fellowship (three years).

EM-fellowship recruitment campaign (2014-17 round)

The EM-fellowship recruitment campaign for the 2014-17 round will be open until 04 December 2013 at 11.59 a.m. Italian time (all categories).