Description of the project

The Erasmus+ Programme

The Erasmus+ programme aims to boost skills and employability, as well as modernising Education, Training, and Youth work. The seven year programme will have a budget of €14.7 billion; a 40% increase compared to current spending levels, reflecting the EU's commitment to investing in these areas.

Erasmus+ will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad.

Erasmus+ will support transnational partnerships among Education, Training, and Youth institutions and organisations to foster cooperation and bridge the worlds of Education and work in order to tackle the skills gaps we are facing in Europe. It will also support national efforts to modernise Education, Training, and Youth systems. In the field of Sport, there will be support for grassroots projects and cross-border challenges such as combating match-fixing, doping, violence and racism.

As an integrated programme, Erasmus+ offers more opportunities for cooperation across the EducationTrainingYouth, and Sport sectors and is easier to access than its predecessors, with simplified funding rules.


The Merging Voices (MV) is composed by four Portuguese Institutions: Universidade Nova de Lisboa (NOVA), Universidade do Porto (UP), Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD) and Universidade do Algarve (UAlg).

The 3rd Merging Voices project (2018-2020) aims to continue the guidelines of the previous editions, cementing the cooperation with the Partner Institutions and building new cooperation with the newcomers, which will be achieved through mobility.

Through 46 scholarships, it will support mobility of students, academic and administrative staff in Europe and in 18 Partner Countries: Australia, Cambodia, Malaysia, Philippines, Vietnam, East Timor, Cameroon, Angola, Cape Verde, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Guyana, Madagascar, Mozambique, New Zealand, Seychelles, Tanzania and Uganda.

The 3rd edition of the Merging Voices project can be divided in two main sections: Merging Voices 2018 (MV 2018) and Merging Voices Africa Caribbean and Pacific (MV ACP).

The MV 2018 aims to proceed the success achieved on the first edition of the Merging Voices Project, continuing to foster the mutual enrichment, the transfer of expertise and best practices, contributing to the development of our global society, economy and culture.

These objectives will be reached through mobility of students, professor and administrative staff. Mobility will continue to play a decisive role in the internationalization strategy of the institutions, and the new Merging Voices aims to reinforce it.

On the other hand, the MV ACP is a two weeks event that will occur in 2019 in the four Universities of the Portuguese Consortium. The Consortium will organize a Staff Training Programme, in Portugal, with members of 12 ACP countries: East Timor, Cameroon, Angola, Cape Verde, Dominican Republic, Ethiopia, Guyana, Madagascar, Mozambique, Seychelles, Tanzania and Uganda. Therefore, only incoming administrative staff is eligible for the MV ACP.

MV 2018 Scholarships:

The available scholarships for this 2nd call:

Students Staff Students Staff
Australia TOTAL: 6 3 SMS - 3 SMS
University of New South Wales (Field of study: Engineering)
Cambodia TOTAL: 5 3 SMS 1 STA
- -
Royal University of Agricolture
Philippines TOTAL: 1 - 1 STA - -
Ateneo de Manila University


MV ACP Scholarships (only for incoming Administrative Staff for Training from the following countries and Higher Education Institutions)

The available scholarships, for 10 working days, are:

(Administrative Staff)
Angola Universidade José Eduardo Santos 2
Universidade Agostinho Neto
Cameroon Université de Douala 1
Cape Verde Universidade de Cabo Verde 1
Dominican Republic Universidad Nacional Evangelica 1
Ethiopia Jimma University 2
Mekelle University
Guyana Royal Academy for Career Development 1
Madagascar Université de Toliara 1
Mozambique Universidade Lúrio 2
Universidade Eduardo Mondlane
Seychelles University of Seychelles 1
Tanzania University of Dar Es Salaam 1
Timor Leste Universidad Nacional Timor Lorosa’e 1

The ACP Training will be held at the 4 Portuguese Partner Universities of the Merging Voices Consortium during November 2019.

Financial Support


Travel distances Amount
Between 100 and 499 km 180 EUR per participant
Between 500 and 1999 km 275 EUR per participant
Between 2000 and 2999 km 360 EUR per participant
Between 3000 and 3999 km 530 EUR per participant
Between 4000 and 7999 km 820 EUR per participant
8000 km or more 1500 EUR per participant

Important Information: the "travel distance" represents the linear distance between the city where the university of origin and the city where the host university are located. This is calculated automatically by a website indicated by the European Commission and cannot be subject to any change. The financial support allocated to the "travel distance" is the maximum allowed by the Erasmus+ Programme and is intended to contribute to the round trip back between the home and host institutions. In the event that the assigned value is insufficient to pay for the desired trip, the scholarhip holder must find another sources of funding.


STUDENTS mobility
(Studies - SMS)
Mobility periods: up to 6 months
Origin Host Country Monthly allowance
Eligible Partner Countries Portugal (Programme Country – Group 2) 850 EUR / month
Programme Country Partner Country 700 EUR / month
STAFF mobility
(Academic Staff- STA)

Mobility periods: 5 days

The per diem amount for Staff:
- From the programme countries to the partner countries: 180 EUR
- From the partner countries to the programme countries: 160 EUR

STAFF mobility
(Administrative Staff - STT)



Every selected applicant will receive a health, accident and travel insurance valid during the entire mobility period provided by Universidade Nova de Lisboa.