EVALUATION PROCESS AND SELECTION CRITERIA
1. Administrative review and validation
Once the applicants have submitted their application on our online platform, the coordinating institution will proceed with the administrative review and validation (i.e. it will make sure that the student's application is complete and valid, with certified copies, correctly translated documents, and no missing or invalid document).
Incomplete or invalid applications are not taken into account.
Applicants with incomplete or invalid applications will be notified.
2. Evaluation of submitted applications
The selection of a student intake is performed in two waves:
- In the first call to applications, the selection committee evaluates the applications with scholarship requests.
- In the second call to applications, the selection committee evaluates the applications of students who wish to participate without a scholarship (self-funded students).
After the call has ended, the list of applications is sent to the reviewers. Each application file is reviewed by two members of the selection committee. The members come from two different institutions of the consortium, to ensure that all applicants are reviewed fairly. Applications are reviewed based on the evaluation criteria listed below.
After all of the applications have been reviewed, a ranking is generated based on the grades given by the reviewers. The STRAINS selection committee meets to look at the ranking and discuss which applicants will be invited to an interview. Applicants are chosen based on their grades and the selection criteria (listed at the bottom of this page).
Evaluation criteria - APPLICATION FILES
- Academic records
- Scientific background
- Ranking of academic institution
- Motivation letter
- Acquired practical experience
- Recommendation letters
3. Interview of shortlisted candidates
Short-listed applicants will be invited to an interview in English by video conference or phone, with two members of the selection committee. The interview is designed to explore candidates’ motivation to participate in STRAINS, assess consistency of their project with the programme's objectives, evaluate their critical thinking skills and general understanding of solid mechanics and test their command of English.
During the interviews, applicants may be asked scientific questions to assess their general knowledge of solid mechanics.
Evaluation criteria - INTERVIEWS
- Applicants' motivation to participate in the STRAINS programme
- Consistency of the applicant's project with the programme's objectives
- Scientific background and general knowledge of solid mechanics
- Level of proficiency in English
The results are announced mid-April for the first call to applications and in May/June for the second call.
Every applicant will be notified of their results. Applicants selected on main list will be asked to confirm their participation to the programme by email.
Applicants selected on reserve list have two choices: stay on the reserve list or participate as a self-funded student (i.e. a non-scholarship holder).
After the applicants have confirmed their participation to the programme, they will receive an email containing everything they need to manage their arrival (a letter of admission to the programme, a certificate of scholarship when applicable and a student guide). The student guide includes a lot of practical information regarding visa application, accommodation options, registration formalities, services available for students on campus (libraries, sports, medical facilities, etc).
In compliance with the rules of EMJMD programmes stated by the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), no more than 3 applicants selected as scholarship holders may come from the same country. This rule does not apply for self-funded students.
- GENDER BALANCE
No less than 40% of selected applicants must be female candidates. To comply with these restrictions, some applicants may be removed from the main list and replaced by the next ranked applicants in the reserve list. The STRAINS Programme Board is committed to the elimination of unlawful discrimination and to the promotion of equal opportunities for all.
- CIVIL AND MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
To ensure the balance of students from both fields, the Consortium tries to select an equal number of applicants from Civil and Mechanical Engineering backgrounds.