Professional Master programme in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe

Deadline: 10 September 2016
Open to: candidates who hold a university degree in disciplines relevant to human rights; in particular law, social, political sciences and humanities from an accredited university
Scholarships: depending on the Target Groupstudents will receive study grants


The European Regional Master’s Programme in Democracy and Human Rights in South East Europe (ERMA) is an international, full time, interdisciplinary Programme focused on the development of democracy and human rights in South East Europe. It is a joint initiative by University of SarajevoCIS Center for Interdisciplinary Studies and University of BolognaIECOB Institute for Central Eastern and Balkan Europe, jointly co-financed by the European Union through the EIUC (European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratization) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy via the Embassy of the Republic of Italy to Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Programme lasts for one year (November-October), awarding the students with 60 ECTS and a double-degree diploma of both founding universities (UNSA and UNIBO).

ERMA is an intensive academic educational activity intended for students that wish to combine academic 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, sociology and philosophy. The aim of the  Programme is to promote the development and realization of young generations of officials for state  management, inter-governmental  and  non-governmental  organizations,  for   universities  and  think-tanks  in  Albania,  Bosnia  &  Herzegovina, FYR of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and  Serbia, as well as in  the countries belonging to the EU, the rest of Europe, and worldwide.




  • Candidates who hold a university degree (min 240 ECTS) in disciplines relevant to human rights; law, politics, economics, sociology, journalism, psychology and humanities from an accredited university;
  • The university degree of the applicants must be earned during studies lasting either 4 or 5 years within the former undergraduate studies provisions, or 5 years (3+2) within I and II cycle studies provisions in accordance with the Bologna process;
  • Fluency in English is a necessary prerequisite; following international English Language proficiency certificates:
  • TOEFL minimum score of 560 paper-based, computer based 220, IBT not less than 83;
  • British Council’s IELTS – minimum band 6.5 and no less than 6.0 in any of its subsections;
  • CAE and CPE Cambridge Exams;
  • Applicants with English as native language or applicants who had previous university education in English language need to prove competency through their transcripts or certificates issued by the respective universities.


Overall 33 students will be selected, in the second half of September 2016, from the following target groups:

  1. Target group I (25 places reserved): Citizens of target countries: Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, FYR of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia. Students receive study grants covering normal living costs during term I and II (November to July) in the overall amount of 4.500 EURO. Their costs of lodging and dinning (full board) in Italy are covered by the Programme.
  2. Target group II (5 places reserved): Citizens of the European Union countries, countries of the Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia) and Russian Federation;
  3. Target group III (3 places reserved): Citizens of other countries;

Students from TG I and TG II receive study grants covering normal living costs during term I and II (November to July) in the overall amount of 4.500 EURO. Their costs of lodging and dinning (full board) in Italy are covered by the Programme. Students from TG I and TG II also receive reimbursements in the overall amount of 1.200 EURO for the three terms of the Programme. Students from the TG III are expected to cover their living expenses, the costs of term three in amount of 3.150 EURO and 200 EURO administrative costs for the thesis defense.


  1. Candidates should first consult the PRE-APPLICATION CALL;
  2. Candidates should fill out the ONLINE PRE-APPLICATION FORM;
  3. Subsequently, candidates should collect and deliver all required documents in hard copies to the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of the University of Sarajevo via regular/express/priority mail or in person by 10  September 2016.

For more information check the Official Webpage.

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