Description of the project

The 4th edition of the MERGING VOICES project, coordinated by NOVA University Lisbon, supports mobility of students, academic and administrative staff from institutions in Portugal and in 4 Partner Countries from outside Europe.

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

Erasmus+ supports transnational partnerships among Education, Training, and Youth institutions and organizations 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 modernize 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 Education, Training, Youth, 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: NOVA University Lisbon (NOVA), Universidade do Porto (UP), Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (UTAD) and Universidade do Algarve (UAlg).

The 4th Merging Voices project (2019-2022) aims to follow the guidelines of the previous editions, cementing the cooperation with the Partner Higher Education Institutions.

Through 26 scholarships, it will support mobility of students, academic and administrative staff in Europe and in 4 Partner Countries:

The MV 2019 aims to:

  • continue the (inter)national cooperation of the involved institutions and contributing to the fulfilment of each HEIs’ internationalization mission;
  • continue increasing the visibility and international recognition of the quality of the training provided by the Portuguese HEIs outside the European borders and vice-versa;
  • continue providing one life opportunities to the students with new mobility that can contribute to their personal and academic growth, besides the standard mobility destinations;
  • improve students’ knowledge and enhancing their capacities and skills, with an alternative experience outside the EU, thus positively contributing to their employability in the near future;
  • continue cooperating beyond the European borders and providing the staff, academic and administrative, with formative mobility experience full of awareness and better understanding of the partner HEIs.

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.


MV 2019 Scholarships:

The available scholarships for the 3rd call are:

Country Partner Higher Education Institution Incoming Mobility Outgoing Mobility
SMS Staff SMS Staff
Cameroon University of Douala - STT
- -
Cape Verde Universidade de Cabo Verde SMS
2* 4 months
- -
Guyana Royal Academy for Career Development - - - STT
2*7 days


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 source 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 NOVA University Lisbon.