Comparing things that are not commensurable isn’t a recommended form of analysis, but I’d like to think that comparing two different types of scholarship programs isn’t too outrageous.
I would have loved a resource such as this three years ago when I was on my hunt-for-a-scholarship, but unfortunately none existed then. So, brilliant idea— I should make one now for future children who may need it! And as a very recent recipient of both the AusAID ALA and the EMJD grants, I do believe I’m a prime candidate to make the assessment.
This handy chart shows the similarities and differences between the two programs. Of course, key differences lie in the fact I experienced the AusAID scholarship for a master’s program and the EMJD for a doctoral dissertation; however, they are both merit-based scholarships offered to “foreign nationals,” both offer double degrees, and both are “complete” in the sense that they attempt to provide for everything a student would need.
With the new Abbott government, the AusAID scholarship program will likely be slashed, which is sad news. Good news is that the EU recently announced the Erasmus+ program— effectively promising four million scholarships in 2014 for citizens of EU Member States, Iceland, Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. Notably absent, however, are countries such as the Philippines and the rest of the world in general. So either way, prospective scholars should just hurry up and get all their applications in everywhere. No time like the present!
Disclaimer: My point of reference is my personal experience with AusAID in The Australian National University and with EMJD in LUISS specifically. While the particulars such as monetary value are quantitative, I’m sure scholars hosted in other institutions may have varying encounters regarding other matters.
|Erasmus Mundus Fellowship
(LUISS Guido Carli)
|Australian Leadership Award
(The Australian National University)
|Home Institution/ Degree(s)
||LUISS Guido Carli
(PhD in Political Theory and Political Science; unknown second PhD)
|The Australian National University
(MA International Relations; Master of Diplomacy)
|Mobility Options||A secondary university during the second year; potential third university mobility||No mobility options|
|Total Grant*(at time of offer)||€85,266.68 (three year contract)equivalent to €28,422.23 per year||A$132,495.25 (two year contract)equivalent to A$66,247.63 per year|
|Visa Application||Do it yourself (DIY)*Possible assistance from host university and/or EU Delegation||Handled by The Philippines-Australia Human Resource and Organisational Development Facility (PAHRODF)|
|Pre-departure Requirements||None!||Complete health checkup with accredited physician (physical exam, urinalysis, blood test, x-ray);
Pre-departure briefing with the Australian Embassy
|Travel Funding||DIY or Erasmus Mundus Travel Agency “Service Voyages ULB,”
No additional funding from EU provided.No additional funding from LUISS.
|Handled by PAHRODF;Additional round-trip home visits for students studying for two years or more (i.e. one roundtrip ticket per two years);
Travel funding worth 2000 AUD available per year per ALA scholar;
Additional funding available from ANU scholarships. (I was able to get an extra A$2000 AUD for the UN Rio+20)
|Health Insurance||DIY;Process still confusing; you must apply for a family doctor before seeing one (and before getting a doctor you need to apply for a tessera sanitaria);
Appointments are backlogged but essential medicines and bloodtests are FREE— if you can go through the long bureaucratic process. To qualify for freebies, you need to apply for an esenzione ticket.
|Card and coverage provided by OSHC Worldcare;Medical visits are covered, as well as blood tests. Prescribed medicines are discounted, and any medical scans (ultrasound, etc.) are reimbursed.*
* only if deemed medically necessary
|Upon Arrival||No welcome committee;
One day orientation handled by LUISS;No intensive Italian course (EMJD students do not qualify as “Erasmus” in that sense) but free Saturday Italian courses for ten weeks.
|A student volunteer pick up at airport;
Welcome basket from the ANU-AusAID office containing instant noodles, cookies, and other survival items;Orientation and two-three weeks of academic training.
|Additional Money||7500€ one-time “Travel and Installation Fund,” available three weeks after opening a bank account||5000$A one-time “Establishment Allowance,” available immediately upon arrival|
|Monthly Stipend||2800€ per month MINUS TAXES*In actuality, 1600€ per month
Expect a deduction of 200€ during December.
|2144$A per month, given in biweekly amounts NO TAXES|
|Bank Account||Free to choose your own bank;UniCredit is recommended as it’s the bank connected to LUISS*
No bank fees for students under 30, but there are a lot of other fees (debit card fee, internet fee, percentage charges, etc.)
|Opened for you pre-arrival by the AusAID office (Commonwealth Bank)
*No bank fees for students, no other hidden fees (except a percentage charge for overseas debit card transactions)
* may differ in other universities
* may differ in other universities
|Assistance to partner, husband, family, or children (Visa, health, etc.)||No assistance and good luck with that!||No assistance
*Possible assistance from PAHRODF
|Additional Requirements||GEM Annual Conference; GEM Summer School||AusAID Leadership Conference; Leadership Development Seminar; (optional) Internship|
|What If I’m delayed?||May extend stay but with no additional funding.||May extend stay with additional funding.|
And as an addendum, AusAID scholars have a return service agreement which means you sign a contract saying you are not to return to Australia for two years post-graduation on pain of forfeiting your scholarship (and refunding the money). The EM grants have no such contract clause.