The European program for education, training, youth and sport “Erasmus+” was launched on January 1, 2014 and would continue until 2020. It combines seven programs that existed until the end of 2013: Lifelong Learning Program (Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius, Grundtvig, Study visits), Youth in Action, Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alpha, Edulink and the two-way program cooperation with industrialized countries. This seven-year program has a budget of € 14.7 billion – an increase of 40% over previous years, which the EU’s commitment to investing in these areas.
As a Higher Education Institution (BAS teaches doctoral students), the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences has an Erasmus University Charter which gives access to the activities envisaged in the program.
A Mobility Project within the Program includes:
1. Mobility of PhD students, regardless of the form of training, for min. 3 and max. 12 months in order to attend courses at the host Higher Education Institution or to develop a dissertation, without paying any tuition fees. The program grants monthly financial assistance while the duration of doctoral studies is not interrupted during mobility and the students continue to receive their scholarships at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences;
The goal is to achieve positive and lasting effects on participants and participating organizations. As far as PhD students are concerned, they are:
- Better learning outcomes;
- Greater job opportunities and career prospects;
- Enhanced entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial skills;
- Higher self-esteem and motivation;
- Better language competences;
- Better understanding of intercultural peculiarities;
- More active participation in society;
- A better understanding of the European project and the values of the EU;
- Increased motivation to participate in future (formal or informal) education or training after the period of mobility abroad.
2. Mobility of scientists and administrative staff for the purpose of lectures and training for min. 2 days to max. 2 months without counting the days of travelling. The program provides a daily grant for 5 days and a travel gtant. The mobility of scientists and administrative staff is aimed at achieving the following results:
- Enhanced competencies related to the professional profile;
- Greater understanding of policies and systems in education and training across countries;
- Enhanced opportunities for change to modernize and internationally open educational institutions;
- A better understanding of the interrelations between formal and informal education and the labor market;
- Better quality of work in favor of PhD students;
- Greater understanding and responsiveness to social, linguistic and cultural diversity;
- Increased opportunities for professional and career development;
- Improved language competencies;
- Increased motivation and satisfaction from everyday work.
A pre-concluded inter-institutional agreement between the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and a host university is a prerequisite for applying for mobility, a request for which can be made at the Erasmus office if there are established contacts.
Participating Countries (Program Countries):
EU Member Countries: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Ireland, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Finland, France, Croatia, Czech Republic, Sweden;
EEA member countries: Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein;
Candidate countries: Turkey, Macedonia.