TROPIMUNDO - Erasmus Mundus masters course in tropical biodiversity and ecosystems (2022)

January 31, 2022

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Location (s):

  • Australia
  • Belgium
  • Cameroon
  • France
  • Italy
  • Madagascar
  • Malaysia
  • Sri Lanka
St Lucia, Bruxelles, Dschang, Paris, French Guyana, Guadeloupe, Firenze, Terengganu, Ruhuna


TROPIMUNDO is an EC-funded and excellence-labelled Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree in Tropical Biodiversity and Ecosystems. We aim to bring together expert Higher Education Institutes (HEI), with long-standing worldwide expertise in tropical rainforests and woodlands and in tropical coastal ecosystems. TROPIMUNDO students are able to concentrate on botany, zoology and integrative ecosystem approaches in institutions worldwide in 2 Master years, of which an entire semester is spent in the tropics.


Specialisation is possible on the evolution of tropical flora and vegetation, on faunistic assemblages, on informatics tools to treat and manage biodiversity data and databases (biogeographical, genetical, geographical information systems) including the management and conservation of historic collections such as herbarium sheets, on the study of diversity, dynamics and evolution of tropical and subtropical ecosystems (with a focus on four related systems, namely tropical rainforests and woodlands, mangrove forests, seagrass beds and coral reefs, including the interactions between flora, fauna, man and the environment within and between each of these adjacent ecosystems), on conservation and restoration ecology of natural habitats and their biodiversity including competences in sustainable management and governance of biodiversity, and finally, on tropical ethnobotany, exploitation and valorisation of natural resources and conservation of traditional ecological knowledge.


Unique mobility programme worldwide, including a unique set of threatened ecosystems

  • Study, research and field courses in Amazonian, African, Asian and/or Australian wet tropics
  • Intensive contact with different cultures and languages


From 2020 onwards graduation students will be awarded a joint Master degree awarded by the European institutes visited by the student. In addition, each student will receive a Europass Certificate signed by all participating higher education institutes involved. 


The consortium is composed of 8 institutes in Programme Countries (European) and 4 higher education institutes in Partner Countries (non-European). In a first semester, students start at a European institute of their choice to acquire similar competences. In a second semester field experience and courses will take place in a university in a tropical area. The third semester will cover a specialisation in a European university different from the first semester. The fourth semester is dedicated to the MSc Thesis and students return to where they started out. Every Trajectory of 4 semesters constitutes a unique combination of courses and expertises.


All institutes in the consortium are internationally-minded institutions with infrastructure, experience and proven results in servicing foreign students and scholars. The Local Coordinator, assisted by a Local Administrative Manager, will be the single contact point for students in all matters and will act as liaison between students and the administrative departments at their institution. All European institutes also have an International Relations Office that is used to guide foreign students and researchers, providing necessary material to help them find their way in the full program. The consortium aims to meet the highest quality requirements. More information on programme quality and evaluation is available from the Online Information and Application Module.


  • Université Libre de Bruxelles - ULB (Belgium)
    General Coordinator: Farid DAHDOUH-GUEBAS
  • Vrije Universiteit Brussel - VUB (Belgium)
    Local Coordinator: Ludwig TRIEST
  • Sorbonne Université - SU (France)
    Local Coordinator: Jean-Yves DUBUISSON
  • Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle - MNHN (France)
    Local Coordinator: Bernard RIERA
  • Università degli Studi di Firenze - UNIFI (Italy)
    Local Coordinator: Giacomo SANTINI
  • Université de Guyane - UdG (French Guyana, France)
    Local Coordinator: Sabrina COSTE
  • Université des Antilles - UdA (Guadeloupe, France) for insular Caribbean ecology
    Local Coordinator: Daniel IMBERT
  • Université de Dschang - UDsch (Cameroon) for African tropical rainforests
    Local Coordinator: François NGUETSOP
  • Université d'Antananarivo - UNIVANTA (Madagascar) for Madagascar biodiversity and ecosystems
    Local Coordinator: Tendro RADANIELINA
  • Université de La Réunion - UNIRé (France) for tropical forests of the South West Indian Ocean
    Local Coordinator: Pascale BESSE
  • University of Ruhuna - RUH (Sri Lanka) for terrestrial forests and aquatic ecosystems
    Local Coordinator: L.P. JAYATISSA with Sunanda KODIKARA ARACHCHILAGE
  • Universiti Malaysia Terengganu - UMT (Malaysia) for Asian tropical forests and coastal ecosystems
    Local Coordinator: Aidy Mohamed SHAWAL BIN M MUSLIM with B. SATYANARAYANA


The next scholarship call or applicants intending to start in academic year 2022-2023 is expected to open in October 2021. 

Opportunity is About:


Candidates should be from:

Description of Ideal Candidate:


  • An internationally accepted Bachelor’s degree (i.e. the equivalent of 180 ECTS) with a major in Biology, Natural Sciences, Environmental Sciences, or equivalent from an accredited university.
  • Students must be able to demonstrate proficiency in English or English + French. More information on language requirements can be found in the Online Information and Application Module.
  • A personal evaluation of the applications will be done by a selection committee
  • In the 1st and 3rd semester basic and specialised extra-curricular language courses are offered based on actual trajectory needs.


Deadline: January 31, 2022

Cost/funding for participants:


Tuition fees are 9,000 EUR per year for Partner country (non-EU) students and 4,500 EUR per year for Programme country (European) students, but self-funded students will receive a restitution of 500 EUR for each 4500 EUR paid. The Tuition fees are to be paid to the coordinating HEI (ULB). These fees only include enrolment fees, access to courses and exams and insurance costs. However, note that some excursions (and related travel and accommodation) are at the expense of the students. The tuition fees do not include amongst others costs related to visa and preparatory documents, accommodation, living expenses, travel and transportation. Also note that some students may need an extra government-approved student health cover. However, students obtaining a scholarship may have these costs covered as well.

SCHOLARSHIPS (subject to financing by the European Commission)

(Information subject to change !!!)

TROPIMUNDO Candidates can also apply for an EC scholarship, which is however limited by a number of criteria:

  • Scholarships are available for the first call only.
  • Only candidates who have applied to and have been accepted by the TROPIMUNDO consortium in accordance with its specific students' application and selection criteria, are eligible for a scholarship.
  • Students can apply for an Erasmus Mundus scholarship Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree programme (EMJMD) of their choice but the number of applications must be limited to maximum three different joint programmes.
  • Scholarships for students from Partner countries (limited to 18,000 EUR Tuition fees for two years, plus a contribution to travel, installation, visa related costs and any other type of costs for two years depending on the country of residence, plus a monthly allowance of 1,000 EUR except for the months in which a student might be studying in its country of residence and except for the months in excess of 3 months abroad for non-EU students) can be awarded to Partner country students selected by EMJMD consortia who are nationals of a country other than a European country ("European Countries" in accordance with Article 9 of the Erasmus Mundus Programme Decision comprise the 27 EU Member States plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey and FYROM) and who are not residents nor have carried out their main activity (studies, training or work) for more than a total of 12 months over the last five years in these countries. The five-year reference period for this 12-month rule is calculated backwards as from the submission deadline. (Information subject to change !!!)
  • Scholarships for students from Programme countries (limited to 9,000 EUR Tuition fees for two years, plus a contribution to travel, visa related costs and any other type of costs for two years depending on the country of residence, plus a monthly allowance of 1,000 EUR except for the months in which a student might be studying in its country of residence) can be awarded to Programme students selected by the TROPIMUNDO consortium as well as to any students selected by the TROPIMUNDO consortium who do not fulfill the Partner country criteria defined above. (Information subject to change !!!)
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