Description of the project


The Erasmus+ Programme

Erasmus+ is the EU programme in the fields of education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014-2020. Erasmus + has a budget of EUR 14.7 billion over 7 years, reflecting the commitment to invest in these areas, above all in terms of skills development and the employability of young people. Erasmus+ provides opportunities for more than 4 million Europeans to study, train and gain work experience and perform volunteer work abroad, supporting cooperation and the development of partnerships between European institutions and other parts of the world.


The MARE NOSTRUM Partnership

The MARE NOSTRUM (MN) project, coordinated by Universidade do Algarve in the framework of the European Programmeme Erasmus+ – Key Action 1 International Credit Mobility (reference 2018-1-PT01-KA107-047099), supports mobility of students, academic and administrative staff from institutions in Portugal and 7 partners, in both directions, IN and OUT.

The MARE NOSTRUM consortium is based on institutional trust, founded on the excellent cooperation links developed among its partners during the last years. The Mare Nostrum is built on a strong cooperation, connecting Portugal’s North and South and bringing together some of the best practices that our Country has to offer. The sharing of common ideas and priorities for international development coined the decision to present this new consortium.

The Portuguese Higher Education Institutions that joined to form this consortium are:

UAlg Universidade do Algarve Coordinator
UNL Universidade Nova de Lisboa Partner
UEVORA Universidade de Évora Partner
UPORTO Universidade do Porto Partner

Through a total of 29 scholarships, the Mare Nostrum supports mobility of students, academic and administrative staff in Europe and in South Mediterranean and Western Balkans countries. The main goals of the MN are to:

  • reinforce the (inter)national cooperation of the involved institutions, thus contributing to the fulfilment of the HEIs’ mission;
  • provide students with new mobility opportunities that may contribute to their academic growth, thus allowing them to benefit from an international experience beyond the “standard destinations”;
  • improve students’ knowledge and enhancing their capacities and skills, thus positively contributing to their employability in the near future;
  • bring more awareness to the staff (academic and administrative) on the importance of the international cooperation beyond the European borders so as to allow a closer and better understanding of the partner institutions.



Mare Nostrum has 29 scholarships/grants:

  • 2 scholarships for students;
  • 16 grants for teaching staff;
  • 11 grants for non-teaching staff


The available scholarships for the 2nd cohort are the following:

Partner Country Type of mobility / number Total
(to Portugal)
(to Portugal)
(from Portugal)
Egypt 2 3 0 5
Montenegro 1 0 0 1
Morocco 0 0 1 1
Total 3 3 1 7


Financial Support



Travel distances Amount
Between 10 and 99 km 20 EUR per participant
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 1100 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: 5 months
Origin Host Country Monthly allowance
Partner country Portugal 850 EUR / month
Portugal Partner country 700 EUR / month
Ultraperipheral regions (Programme Country Group 2) Partner country 700 EUR / month
STAFF mobility
(Academic Staff- STA)

Mobility periods: 5 days

The per diem amount for Staff:
- From Portugal to Partner country: 180 EUR
- From Partner country to Portugal: 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 do Algarve.