European Regional Master in Human Rights and Democracy in South-East Europe

Deadline: 31 August 2015
Open to: students with a university degree (min 240 ECTS) in disciplines relevant to human rights
Scholarship: a grant of EUR 500 per month plus the reimbursement of travel expenses, health insurance etc.


The European Regional Master’s in Democracy and Human Rights in South-East Europe is a full time, interdisciplinary program covering broad range of issues related to democracy and human rights in this region. The program lasts for one year, awarding the students with 60 ECTS and a double-degree diploma. The Master Program is intended for students that wish to combine scientific studies with practical and field research experience in human rights and democratization issues. ERMA is characterized by an interdisciplinary approach recognizing that human rights are a crosscutting theme among different disciplines of study, such as political science, social sciences, law and philosophy. Enrolled students have the benefit of studying in a highly international environment together with colleagues from all over the region, European Union and the world, attending lectures and workshops held by more than 40 professors from 11 partner Universities. The Master Program promotes development and realization of young generation of officials for state management, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations, for universities and think-tanks in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo as well as in the countries belonging to the EU, the rest of Europe, and worldwide. ERMA’s academic offer is divided in three terms:

  • During the first term, students follow courses in Sarajevo taught by professors from participating university members within the EBIN ‘’International Network Europe and the Balkans’’ and are supervised by three academic tutors;
  • In the second term, students participate in seven-week internships at selected IGOs, NGOs, think tanks and research institutes working in the field of human rights and democracy across South East Europe;
  • During the third term, students focus on finalizing their Master’s Theses in Italy, accommodated at the CEUB ‘’University Residential Center of Bertinoro’’.


ERMA is open to candidates who hold a university degree (min 240 ECTS) in disciplines relevant to human rights; in particular law, politics, social, political sciences and humanities from an accredited university. Thirty selected candidates are awarded study grants covering living and travel expenses as well as health insurance. Twenty five places are reserved for citizens of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo. Five places are reserved for citizens of the European Union, Russian Federation, countries of the Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia) and others not already listed. Fluency in English is a necessary prerequisite for admission, as the program language is English.


All ERMA students coming from target countries receive monthly study grants from November to July in the amount of EUR 500 gross as well as the reimbursement of travel expenses/health insurance etc (3X up to EUR 400 per year). The full tuition fee waiver is applied for the citizens of the countries of South East Europe involved in the program (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo). The students from the EU, Caucasus and Russian Federation pay tuition fee of EUR 1,000. For the non-EU and non-SEE students, the Program can offer neither financial support/scholarship nor tuition fee waiver. Those students must cover all program and personal expenses during First and Second Term, as well as boarding and lodging during the mobility in Italy (approximately EUR 3,150).

How to apply?

Interested candidates should fill out the online Pre-Application form and deliver all required documents in hard copies to the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the University of Sarajevo via regular mail or in person latest by 31 August 2015. Required documents are:

  • Application Form;
  • University diploma – certified copy and translation;
  • Academic records /transcript – original or a certified copy and translation;
  • Citizenship certificate – original or a certified copy and translation;
  • Birth certificate – original or certified copy and translation;
  • Passport photocopy – pages with personal info and the expiry date of the document;
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) – European format (Europass);
  • Two recommendation letters – to be submitted in sealed and signed envelopes;
  • English language certificate – original or a certified copy.

All documents must be submitted in English language. Translation to English language of all documents issued in other languages must be provided by either an official translation service/Court translator or your university/college. ONLY originals or certified translations will be considered as valid.

For more information please visit the official website.

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