How to apply

The Master in Membrane Engineering for Sustainable Development, MESD, offers an advanced education programme related to membrane science and engineering at the interface between material science and chemical engineering and focused on specific applicative fields: Energy, Food, Bio and Health, and Water.

Applications are now closed.

« The next application campaign for intake 2024-2026 will be open at the end of 2023 »

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible for application (admission and scholarship), students must meet the following requirements :

  • Hold a Bologna 1stcycle degree or a Bachelor’s degree in chemistry, physics, materials engineering, chemical engineering, bio-chemical engineering, or an equivalent degree, from a College, University or Technical School with a recognized standing, or alternatively, have recognized professional experience in these fields. Students who are in their final year of study may be admitted, provided they submit their degree certificate of completion and official transcripts prior to enrolment.
  • Provide evidence of English proficiency, preferably through TOEFL or IELTS. Other official proof may be accepted after consideration by the Candidate Selection Committee. (Minimum level required CEFR, Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: B2)
  • Submit a complete application form with all required attached documents. Applicants complete the application form and submit it exclusively online.

According to the Erasmus+ Guide, students who have already received an EMJM scholarship are not eligible to apply for another scholarship under the EMJM.

Application procedure

  1. Create your account.
  2. Complete the application form.
  3. Upload the requested documents (see list of documents).
  4. Submit your application before the deadline.

You can access your account at any time.

List of documents

□      ID photo

□      Proof of nationality: Valid passport or National ID

□      Documented last 1 year residence history:

  • Telephone bill (including mobile phone bill), Electricity or gas bill, Rent receipt (from a social service agency or real estate agency), Water bill, Tax assessment notice or certificate of non-taxation, proof of residence tax… ***

□      Bologna 1st cycle degree or a bachelor degree in*:

  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Material engineering
  • Chemical engineering
  • Bio-chemical engineering
  • Other BSc eligible (to specify)

If the diploma is not available before the deadline, a detailed transcript of records/mark sheet up to the semester before the last of the subject-specific University degree to be obtained must be submitted. The transcript must contain an overall cumulative grade point average or average mark.

□      Bachelor academic transcripts with CGPA*

□      Official ranking document (if available)*

□      Proof of English proficiency (B2)

Documentation that the candidate meets the level B2 within the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, CEFR

If applicant from English speaking country or if applicant completed the bachelor degree in English as medium of instruction (provide an official letter from university)

Examples of documents

TOEFL – Minimum score: 230 (computer based), 90 or 80 (internet based), or 550 (paper based)

IELTS – Minimum score: 6.5

Pearson’s language test with a score of at least 62 points

Cambridge ESOL, Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) – Minimum score: C

Duolingo English test

□      Europass CV in English**

□      Motivation letter in English

In the letter, the applicant should illustrate relevant competencies qualifying him/her to participate in the MESD programme and explain his/her motivation why he/she wants to study specifically this programme and the track he/she has chosen.

If available the candidate can add: proofs of scientific achievements (i.e. scientific work, publications, research projects, research or studies abroad),

□      2 mandatory recommendation letters

Recommendation letters should be of academic nature and evaluate the knowledge and practical skills of the applicant.

The reference letters must be written on the template provided by the candidate tool. The template will be sent directly to the two individuals specified by the candidate as references via email. Candidates do not have access to this template. The status of their two reference letters can be checked on the candidate tool.

Recommendation letters contain contact details and the title/position of referees.


□       A referee from the faculty where the applicant obtained his/her degree.

□       A referee from faculty/employer/ supervisor.

*In original language and translated into English.

**The Europass CV is available at Candidates must create a Europass profile

*** Although not explicitly stated, the candidate understands that these documents must be provided in English.


The initial deadline for submission of applications for admission with scholarship was January 31, 2023. This deadline was extended to February 8, 2023, at 23:59 CET.

Candidates selection and admission procedure

The MESD consortium applies common, transparent and objective procedures for the application, selection and admission of students. The main objective is to enroll excellent students worldwide.

The procedure takes place in four stages:

  • Stage 1: Initial evaluation

Each application is checked by the first reviewer in terms of eligibility criteria. If not all criteria are met, the application will receive an eliminating score of 0 and will not be considered further in the selection process. Each eligible application is independently evaluated by this first full partner university based on the established selection criteria (excellence).

  • Stage 2: Second evaluation

Each eligible application is evaluated by a second evaluator based on the same selection criteria (excellence). The reviewer enters the scores online in his/her individual evaluation form.

  • Stage 3: Cross-checking

The reviewers (1stand 2ndevaluation) compare their scores for each application. If no consensus is possible a third partner university may be consulted to review the application. After completion of the cross-check, the Head of the Candidate Selection Committee establishes the first-ranking list of eligible applicants and communicates it to all full partners.

  • Stage 4: Interview
  • The selected students are assessed in an interview (by video conference) to evaluate their motivation, skills and English level.

At the end of the selection procedure, the Candidate Selection Committee will establish several lists:

  • Non eligible (after Stage 1)
  • Selected and not selected for the interview (after Stage 3)
  • Main List and Reserve List (after Stage 4)
Appeal procedure

The appeal procedure ensures that all the rules are applied during the selection procedure and deal with possible problems. It allows the candidates to report a mistake that could have been made during the selection procedure, that is to say if the candidates consider that the application has not been handled correctly as described in the selection process. The appeal cannot concern the decision itself but an error.

Candidates who fail to submit the required documents by the specified deadlines are not permitted to appeal.

Important: The appeals process relates to how your proposal was handled during the evaluation and eligibility review process. It is not an automatic reevaluation.


The appeal must be written, using the following template. The completed document must be signed and dated, and sent in .pdf format to via the Candidate Selection Tool : message section.

MESD-Appeal form template_v1

Submission and deadline

To be valid, the appeal letter must be sent no later than seven days after the application results are announced.  Appeals sent after the deadline will not be considered.

Appeal decision

The Candidate Selection Committee will review each appeal before April 30, 2023. The Candidate Selection Committee may decide to re-evaluate and reconsider the application or to deny the appeal procedure after a thorough review of the applicant’s appeal.

The applicant will be informed of the Candidate Selection Committee’s decision on the appeal before May 5, 2023.