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gSmart: Frequently asked questions

Do I need a specifiy academic background for beeing eligible?
 Yes, applicants need to have a background in a ‘spatial’ discipline like Geography, Geodesy, Geology, Planning, Environmental Studies etc.
What is the definition of target group 1?
target group 1 Students must be registered at a Central Asian Higher Education Institution within the gSmart partnership at the time of submitting their application.
All staff/faculty should be documented with a current work contract and/or on partner university web site, so that it is clear that they are partner university staff/faculty.
The target group of the applicant has to be defined according to their status at the time of the application!
What is the definition of target group 2? target group 2 students must be registered in a university in their home country or another third country concerned by the lot (KZ, KG, TJ, TM, UZ) or must have obtained a university degree from an institution of these countries. Staff working in non-partner CA university.
The target group of the applicant has to be defined according to their status at the time of the application!
I was a scholarshipholder of another Erasmus Mundus project.
Am I eligible?
Only first scholarship applicants are eligible within this programme! No European or third-country student/staff candidate can benefit from a second scholarship for the same type of mobility under another project under the EMA2-STRAND1
Where can I book my travel arrangements?

gSmart scholars will be assigned to direct booking via one travel agency.

I am a Chinese citizen. Can I apply for a scholarship?
 No. Applicants must be a citizen of one of the gSmart partner countries. (KZ; KG; UZ; TJ; TM; EU)
I am a CA citizen, but live and work in Europe. Can I apply for a scholarship?
No. Third-country students must have not lived nor carried out their main activity (study, work, etc) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in one of the European countries at the time of submitting their application.
Can I apply for two different scholarships?
 No. Candidates cannot benefit from more than one mobility activity within the same project.
 I do not speak any English, am I eligible?
No. Applicants must have good English language skills.
 I have submitted a TOEFL certificate. Is that a sufficient proof of my language skills?
Writing and speaking skills are important. A proof of language skills will happen in personal (skype) interview with everyone before being awarded a scholarship.
I finished university in Kazakhstan and living in KZ now. But I'm russian citizen and have russian passport. Can I apply for a gSmart scholarship?
No, you must be a CA citizen.
 I have a BA degree  in language/ literature/ psychology, am I eligible?
No, gSmart only grants scholarships to students who have a focus and background on any 'geospatial discipline': Geography, Geodesy, Geology, Architecture and Planning, Regional Social Sciences, Resource Management, Water and Environmental Studies, Agriculture, Regional Economics, Transportation, Civil Engineering etc.
 I've met all entry requirements, and received good scores! Why did I not receive a scholarship?
 Meeting particular minimum entry requirements does not automatically guarantee a place.
All applicants will be expected to show strong ability and motivation to work at Bachelor, MSc, Phd or Post-doc level at a European gSmart partner university. Please note: each application is assessed on an individual basis and may be subject to additional requirements, such as undertaking short course(s), work experience and/or English language qualification(s).

 I am a gSmart scholar, do I also need to be admitted as student at the host university?
Yes, please keep in mind that you need to apply for admission to the programme at the host university, schloars will not be automatically admitted based on the scholarship!
 What is an invitation letter?Is a letter from the host institution detailing the dates of the intended research/study visit and a summary of the activities to take place during the visit. The project does not provide an invitation letter template, this letter will be issued and provided by the host institution.
 Why do I need an invitation letter?You will need an invitation letter for two reasons:
1. For proving your agreement with the host university on your research/study visit activities and travel details.
2. For your visa application together with a scholarship award letter (=issued after successful application and selection by the project office)
Who will issue an invitation letter? You’ll need to contact the host university’s contact person and agree on your visit and on your activities , then the host contact person ( ) will issue an invitation letter! 
Please be aware, sending an across-the-board request to all EU contacts is not a good idea. You need to establish specific, targeted communication conforming with your areas of expertise and interest, supporting the intended outcomes of your visit. Act pro-actively, send a detailed plan for your visit and on your activities and make an appointment to talk to the potential host in person, e.g. using Skype!

PostDOC applicants must provide: detailed description of research interests including following information: subject, methods, aims, publications and schedule for the planned research activities:
  • Scientific contact person at host institution for your intended research (who will you be primarily working with)
  • Planned dates of research visit 
  • Research proposal (1-3 pages) and title
  • Planned research activities and work plan at the host institution
  • Planned outcomes of the mobility (e.g. paper submission to a journal, conference paper, etc.)
  • List of first results of your PostDoc research activities
STAFF applicants must provide: planned work at the partner university description of proposed project or activities: training, teaching or research. Main contact person / supervisor for your work.