EMA Scholarship – European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation

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EMA scholarship in Human Rights and Democratisation

We are currently welcoming applications from qualified candidates for the EMA scholarship in Human Rights and Democratisation within the European Master’s Programme. Please find the EMA internship programme,  eligibility criteria, application deadline, and how to apply below:

About the EMA scholarship in Human Rights and Democratisation

The European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation (EMA) is organized by the Global Campus of Human Rights, a global network of universities dedicated to advancing education on human rights and democracy. This program was established with the support of the European Union and involves 42 universities from EU member states, the UK, and Switzerland.

EMA is a one-year course that offers a practical and policy-focused approach to learning. It combines legal, political, historical, anthropological, and philosophical perspectives on Human Rights and Democratisation with skill-building activities and a field trip. Students receive instruction from prominent academics representing EMA’s participating universities, as well as experts and representatives from international organizations and NGOs. All of this takes place in a diverse and multicultural environment.

The curriculum is designed to prepare participants for careers in various organizations, including national, international, governmental, inter-governmental, and non-governmental organizations, as well as research institutions that deal with human rights and democratisation

Scholarship Details:

Program Name EMA European Master’s Programme in Human Rights and Democratisation
Offered by Global Campus of Human Rights
Study Location Venice, Italy
Global Campus Europe
Program Type Postgraduate, full-time
Duration Full-time (60 ECTS)
Study Language English
Awards EMA (Joint diploma in Human Rights and Democratisation)
Tuition Fee €5,650 one-time
Application Fee €50 one-time
Entry Qualifications At least a 3-year Bachelor’s degree (180 ECTS) obtained before the start of the Programme
Entry qualification documents accepted in English, French, Italian, or Spanish
Transcripts and documents may require official translations and verified copies
Language Requirements Proficiency in English
Accepted proof of proficiency: FCE or CAE, IELTS 6+ or TOEFL 79+

Other Requirements:

  • At least 2 reference letters should be provided.
  • Letters of reference can be submitted by referees through a provided form or uploaded by the applicant in PDF format.
  • A motivation letter must be added to your application.
  • If selected, original university degree and transcripts must be provided to the EMA Secretariat.
  • Applicants must complete their studies before the beginning of the new academic year (31 August 2023).

Specific Requirements for Non-EU Applicants (if applicable):

  • Candidates should provide the following documents by August 31, 2023:
    • Copy of degree, final transcript, and, for those graduated in the EU, diploma supplement.
    • English language certificate
    • Receipt of payment of the tuition fee
    • Copy of passport picture page
    • Copy of type-D study visa
    • Declaration of Value or Cimea’s Comparability statement, if the degree was obtained in a country outside the EU.

Scholarship programmes

Component Duration Weight in Total Mark (%) ECTS Credits
First Semester September to January (Venice, Italy) 50% 30
Field Trip Mid-January (Practical Insights)
Second Semester February to July (Various EU locations) 15% 9
Thesis Research and Submission (Venice, Italy) 35% 21

First Semester:

  • Curriculum includes Thematic Sections (TS) and Elective Modules.

Field Trip:

  • Offers practical insights into human rights work (subject to approval).

Second Semester:

  • Choose an area of specialization.
  • Minimum of two courses required.


  • Individual academic work (20,000 to 30,000 words).
  • Supervised by EMA Director or second-semester university expert.
  • Thesis defense in English.


  • First-semester assessment: Written assignments and exams.
  • Second-semester assessment: Follows hosting universities’ practices.
  • Thesis assessment: Based on written work and oral defense.

Note: the table above summarizes the components, duration, weight in the total mark, and ECTS credits for each part of the program.

See also:

EMA Internship Programme.

Since 1998/1999, the Global Campus of Human Rights (formerly EIUC), with the support of the European Union, has been offering paid internships in the field of human rights to the top 15 students each academic year. These internships allow graduates to put their knowledge into practice immediately.

These internships are provided in various inter-governmental, governmental, and non-governmental organizations. Some of the organizations that have hosted our graduates over the years include:

  • Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in Geneva
  • Office of the EU Special Representative for Human Rights in Brussels
  • Delegation of the European Union to the United Nations in New York
  • Delegation of the European Union to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg
  • Delegation of the European Union to the State of Israel in Tel Aviv
  • Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Sudan in Khartoum
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris
  • Human Rights Watch (HRW) in Brussels
  • International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Beijing
  • International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) in Copenhagen
  • No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ) in Brussels
  • International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) – office in Brussels
  • World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) – office in Geneva
  • Terre des Hommes International Federation (TDHIF) in Brussels
  • OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in Warsaw
  • Protection International (PI) in Brussels
  • Open Society Foundations (OSF) in Brussels
  • Austrian Development Agency in Vienna
  • Right Livelihood Foundation in Geneva
  • European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) in Brussels

The EMA Internship Programme has offered more than 200 graduates a unique opportunity to enter the job market. It serves as an excellent pathway to begin a career and has helped many former interns secure positions within the organizations where they completed their internships.

Furthermore, it has contributed to building a strong alumni network that plays a crucial role in facilitating collaboration among different institutions.

How to Apply for EMA Scholarship in Human Rights and Democratisation

The application process for the academic year 2023/2024 is now open and is ongoing.

  • Deadline for non-EU and scholarship applicants: February 13, 2023.
  • Deadline for EU self-funded applicants: April 18, 2023.

The final list of admitted students will be approved by the EMA Executive Committee.

Note: Only shortlisted candidates will receive notifications, which will be sent no later than mid-July 2023.

Before you apply, please carefully review the admission requirements detailed in the Call for Applications.

To apply, follow these steps:

  1. Visit this link: Online Application.

You will need to include the following documents with your application:

  • Transcript of records and degree diploma
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Two reference letters (preferably one academic and one professional)
  • Copy of the picture page of your passport
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • Receipt of payment for the €50 application fee.

Official Website link below:


Please note: If you encounter any issues during the submission process, please reach out to the EMA Secretariat for assistance.

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