Application procedure

The TEEME consortium will select applicants to the programme on the basis of high academic achievement, the fit of research projects with the TEEME expectations (see Research profile), and an assessment of each candidate's potential and commitment to complete high quality research. Candidates will normally be expected to hold a second-cycle degree which was awarded the best or second best grade available in their national system in any area of literature, history or cultural studies. Applicants from other Humanities or Social Science subjects will also be considered.

Candidates will need to demonstrate their eligibility and academic achievement through the submission of relevant documentation, including:

  • detailed transcripts with grades and degree classification
  • a copy of your degree certificates
  • a current CV (European format)
  • a certificate of language ability
  • a statement of purpose (500 words max)
  • a research proposal including justification of the proposed mobility pathway (1500 words max)
  • the names of two referees who will attest to the applicant's academic standing and potential

You will be asked for all these documents during the electronic application process, so make sure you have them available in a form that can be uploaded onto the web. Please also consult the application guidelines below. All candidates will also be expected to indicate that they have understood, and are committed to, the integrated mobility. Please also remember that Erasmus Mundus guidelines state that candidates are not allowed to apply to more than three different EMJDs in any one round.


Application guidelines

The TEEME consortium wants you to make the best possible case for you and your project in your application.

The most important of the documents you are asked to submit is your research proposal. The assessors of your application will scrutinize this very carefully, so make sure that it represents your project and your ideas as accurately and as convincingly as possible.

We also place great emphasis on your CV, on your statement of purpose, and on your previous experience. There is no single route to a place on this programme; indeed, there are many experiences, academic or otherwise, that may have prepared you for a TEEME doctorate. We value diversity very highly and will honour all the knowledge and skills that you have acquired in a variety of different contexts.

Also important in your application will be the judgement of your referees: they will have to attest to the quality of your work and to your potential as a researcher, so select them carefully. Throughout the application we will be assessing the quality of your written expression, so we want to see you use the best English that you are capable of.

Our selection criteria are specified in the tab on The selection process (on this page). In what follows we give you some further advice on the individual documents you will be asked to submit as part of your application. All of them will have to be uploaded onto the web during the electronic application process (see the How to apply tab on this page), so make sure you have these documents in a format that allows easy uploads.

Please note: You will be applying through the University of Kent online application system. There is a generic online ‘application checklist’ available on the general admissions page which you are encouraged to consult for further advice on the various stages of the application. But please be aware that this checklist is used for over 200 different programmes of study within the University of Kent, so it may not at all points correspond to the advice given on this page. If you encounter any differences, the information on the TEEME pages is to be considered authoritative.

Application cover sheet

This cover sheet is mainly informative and will ask you for your personal details, your main places of residence in the past five years (required to check your eligibility in case you are applying for an Erasmus Mundus Fellowship), for your two preferred supervisors (please consult the participating staff page for an updated list of available TEEME supervisors), and for your suggested mobility pathway. You should indicate one alternative to your preferred pathway in which at least one of your chosen universities is a different institution. Please take particular care to give us your accurate contact details for the interview date (phone number including international dialling code from the UK; skypename, if applicable. See also Important dates tab on this page).

Detailed transcripts

We will require these transcripts with a clear indication of your grades and degree classification. Please give us as much information as possible on your past academic experience to enable us to compare your record fairly with that of other candidates. Please also make sure that your record of transcripts is available in a format than can be uploaded onto the web during the online application process (preferably pdf). If you need to submit multiple documents you will have to put them into a single file first, as the system won't allow you to upload more than one file under this heading. Finally, if your transcripts are in a language other than one of the four consortium languages (English, German, Portuguese, Czech), you are required to submit certified translations.

Degree certificates

We also require copies of your degree certificates. Please proceed as above with your transcripts (ie, put all documents into a single file and, if required, include certified translations).

Current CV

Your CV should include all relevant information about your previous education and work experience. Please use the European CV format. We would also like you to include a list of publications in an annex to the CV, in case some of your work has already been published.

A certificate of language ability

Please have a look at our language policy. Applicants who are non-native speakers of English must demonstrate, through the acquisition of a recognized qualification, proficiency in English at level C1 (‘proficient user’), as defined in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). You can demonstrate this in various ways, for example with an IELTS (International English Language Testing System) certificate at level 7.0, or through a score of 100 (including a minimum 22 in both writing and reading) in the internet-based TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Please note that the paper-based TOEFL is not acceptable. Candidates whose native language is English will be required to demonstrate competence in another EU language at CEFR level B2 (‘independent user’). Please ensure that the documents attesting to your language skills are available in a format that can be uploaded on to the online admissions software. NOTE: We consider language competence an essential prerequisite of a TEEME doctorate and cannot make any exceptions to our language policy. If you cannot produce the required language certificates during the application process or by the deadline agreed with the consortium, you will not be awarded a Fellowship nor offered a place on the programme.

Statement of purpose

In this statement you should try to explain why you want to study on TEEME and what you expect from the programme. There may be all kinds of reasons why you are interested in this doctorate – personal, academic, or otherwise – and the assessors will have no preconceptions about the ideal career path of a TEEME student. Every case will be assessed on its own merits, so please tell us in your own words what motivated you to put in an application for this programme – but make sure not to exceed the limit of 500 words.

Research proposal

In this proposal you should set out as precisely and clearly as possible the main topic of the research you wish to undertake on the TEEME programme. You should clearly state your main research questions, your proposed methodology, and the primary material you are aiming to examine as part of your project. Please read carefully through the main TEEME research profile to ensure that your research fits with the objectives of the programme. We are expecting candidates to present convincing outlines for research projects that are comparative and interdisciplinary in conception, that bear a clear relation to present needs and debates, and that span at least two different linguistic, religious and/or ethnic cultures within Europe, or that relate one European with one non-European culture, in the period 1400 to 1700, or in later political or cultural uses and representations of early modern literature and history. Your proposal should also include a justification of your proposed mobility pathway (plus one alternative), so make sure you also consult the individual research profiles of the four degree-awarding institutions. Please also explain to us the reasons behind your choice of supervisors. The maximum length of this proposal is 1500 words, and we don’t expect proposals to be significantly shorter than this.


We will require the names of two referees who will attest to your academic standing and potential. It is your responsibility as an applicant to ensure that your referees respond promptly to requests for a reference.

If you require further advice on the application process please contact the general TEEME coordinator Bernhard Klein.

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Important dates

The deadline for all applications in the Fellowship round for 2013 entry is 16th December 2012, 23.59 GMT. No applications for Fellowships will be accepted after that date.

Selection timetable:

20th December 2012: Notification of ineligible applicants.

29th January 2013: Preselection of candidates. All applicants will be notified by email on or before this day whether they have been selected for interview or not.

8th February 2013: Selection panel meets in Kent to interview preselected candidates. Candidates will need to ensure their availability on 8th February for a skype, video or phone interview. Time slots for interviews will be agreed in advance. Please note that depending on your time zone, your interview slot may fall late on 7th February or early on 9th February.

28th February 2013: Main and reserve lists of candidates submitted to EACEA for approval. Candidates will be informed by the TEEME consortium whether the interview has led to the offer of a place on the programme. Offers of Fellowships cannot be made by the consortium until the list of candidates has been fully approved by the EACEA.

The deadline for non-Fellowship (ie, self-funded) applicants will be 30th June 2013, as long as places are still available on the programme (maximum number of students in an annual cohort is 16).

Rejected applicants have the right to appeal against the decision of the selection panel. Details are available here.

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How to apply

The application is web-based and managed by the University of Kent admissions system. The following 6 STEPS will take you through the required stages of the process.

Please note that your application will be in the first instance for a place on the programme. You will have the opportunity to indicate on the Application Cover Sheet whether you are also applying for an Erasmus Mundus Fellowship. If you are, please note that offers of Fellowships cannot be made by the consortium until the list of candidates has been fully approved by the EACEA. Since the number of Fellowships is limited (see Fellowships and Fees) we may not be able to offer a Fellowship to all successful candidates. Wherever possible, we will in such cases assist candidates with applications to other sources of funding.

Please note that the personal data of all applicants will be sent to the Agency (EACEA) and may be used by other bodies involved in the management of Erasmus Mundus (ie European Commission, Erasmus Mundus National Structures, EU Delegations, Erasmus Mundus Student and Alumni Association) for facilitating the student/doctoral candidate access to the joint programme.


Please read carefully through the Application guidelines (see tab on this page). Make sure that your application documents contain all the information required by the selection panel. If vital documentation is missing, the consortium will make every effort to contact you and give you a chance to amend your application, but we can only do so prior to the deadline of 16th December 2012. So the earlier you apply the better your chances are of having the application completed on time.


Please complete the TEEME Application Cover Sheet. You will need to complete this sheet electronically, print it off, sign it, get it scanned, and then have the scanned version ready to be uploaded on to the electronic application form under section 8 (where you will be prompted to do so).


In addition to the Application Cover Sheet, you need to have the following documents ready on your computer to be uploaded onto the web. Under each heading you will only be allowed to upload one single file, so in case you have to include more than one document (for example, original plus translation) you will have to put all these documents into a single file first. Please ensure that each file is no bigger than 5MB and that you use only the following formats: .txt, .doc, .docx, .pdf.

  • Research Proposal (max 1500 words)
  • Statement of Purpose (max 500 words)
  • Your most recent CV using the European CV format
  • Your degree certificate(s) – plus certified translations into English in case your certificates are not in one of the four consortium languages
  • Your interim or final transcripts – plus certified translations into English in case your transcripts are not in one of the four consortium languages
  • A copy of your passport or identity card


Log on to the University of Kent online admissions system. This link will take you directly to the TEEME programme:

TEEME online application form

You will be asked first for your name, your date of birth, and your email address. Once you’ve submitted this information, an email will be sent to you with another link that takes you to the application form proper. (Note that as a security measure you will have to submit your date of birth a second time before you have full access.) Once your name and date of birth are on the system, you can interrupt the process of completing the online application form at any point by pressing the ‘Save for later’ button at the bottom of the form. The data you have already entered will be automatically saved.


The online application form has 8 sections.

  • Section 1: Personal Details. Please provide the information requested. Note that in cases of dual or multiple nationality, you must decide under which single nationality you are applying to this programme.
  • Section 2: Contact Details. The form asks you for both a current address and a correspondence address (these may of course be identical). Your correspondence address should be valid for the period between the submission date of your application and the start date of the programme (September 2012).
  • Section 3: Kent Study Details. If you have accessed the application form through the link provided above, this section will be prepopulated with TEEME data. You will be asked ‘how you are intending to fund your studies’. If you are not applying for an Erasmus Mundus Fellowship please tick ‘Private Finance’ here or select another source of funding from the options available.
  • Section 4: Professional and Academic Qualifications. Here we first of all need information on your language abilities. Indicate your native language, and then upload your language certificates that show how you meet the requirements of the TEEME language policy. Under the info sign on the left there is a further reminder of the details of this policy and the required certificates. We then need information on your previous academic qualifications. In the table provided, please enter the name of the institution, the duration of your studies, etc. If you have transcripts of your results from any of these institutions, or final degree certificates, you should have them ready to be uploaded under section 8 below. If you do not have any transcripts or certificates available, you must get the institutions where you obtained them to send copies directly to Kent, using the address provided.
  • Section 5: Work Experience. Please provide details in case you have any prior work experience.
  • Section 6: Information Source. Please tell us where you first found out about this programme.
  • Section 7: References. We require the names of two referees who will attest to your academic standing and potential. Referees will be sent an automatic reference request using the contact details you have provided. It is your responsibility as an applicant to ensure that your referees respond promptly to requests for a reference.
  • Section 8: Further Documents. Your application will not be complete without the further documents specified in STEP 3 which have to be uploaded to the web under the headings provided in this section. Only one file can be uploaded under each heading. Please ensure that each file is no bigger than 5MB and that you use only the following formats: .txt, .doc, .docx, .pdf.


Check through the application form again and make sure that you have provided all the required information. If you’re certain that the form is complete, press ‘Submit the application form’ and you’re finished. Congratulations!

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The selection process

For each edition of the programme a selection panel will be appointed by the Academic Board (see Governance). Its membership will represent all four consortium partners and a representative of the associated members. Each member of the panel will assess and score each application.

Candidates will be graded on a 100-point scale across the following criteria:

  • The quality and potential of the research proposal (1 to 40)
  • The quality of the statement of purpose (1 to 20)
  • The quality of the CV and academic and/or other experience (1 to 20)
  • The academic references (1 to 10)
  • The quality of the written expression (1 to 10)

Selectors will be required to comment on all five criteria using the TEEME Application Assessment Form. In addition, the prospective supervisors suggested by candidates will also comment on the relevant applications.

The Chair of the Academic Board will review the grading and comments, and compile a ranking based on average scores. In a preselection phase, the committee will then nominate a long list of candidates selected for interview.

Interviews will be conducted by means of a Skype or video link, or by telephone. After the interviews, the committee will agree a final ranking of candidates for Category A, Category B and non-Fellowship applications, taking into account the programme requirements/restrictions and consider special cases in relation to disability and gender balance. Decisions on offers will also take into account the mobility pathways of students to ensure that the cohort is divided in an equitable way between all the partners.


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