International Science Promoting Innovation and entREpreneurship (INSPIRE) is an Erasmus Mundus Action 2 project that has identified a very concrete and structurally important node for development of the South African knowledge triangle. The process of transferring science to be explored and commercialized is still underdeveloped and there is a need to develop good governance at universities in order to initiate and uphold partnerships between the public and private sectors. The INSPIRE-project will tackle this is issue by training South African students and staff within the EU-universities’ innovation/entrepreneur centers. INSPIRE will also, thanks to participating associate organizations, build a network for INSPIRE-alumni in which they can continue to grow personally and professionally.

The outcome of INSPIRE will leave South African Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) with highly trained administrative staff that can run an innovation/tech-transfer office; with academic researchers and students that have studied in highly advanced universities in Europe and been educated in the process of transferring science into viable businesses; and with an EU-South African network of universities that will continue to develop new modes of collaboration within the field of innovation and entrepreneurship.

European partner universities:

  1. Uppsala University, Sweden (Co-coordinator)
  2. Ghent University, Belguim
  3. Masaryk University, Czech Republic
  4. Telecom Bretagne, France
  5. University of Gottingen, Germany
  6. Eotvos Lorand University, Hungary
  7. University of Groningen, Netherlands
  8. Universidad de Valladolid, Spain

South African partner universities:

  1. University of the Western Cape (Co-coordinator)
  2. Cape Peninsula University of Technology
  3. Central University of Technology
  4. Durban University of Technology
  5. North-West University
  6. Stellenbosch University
  7. University of Cape Town
  8. University of Fort Hare
  9. University of Johannesburg
  10. University of KwaZulu-Natal

Types of Mobility

Scholarship Grant

  Masters PhD Staff
Monthly subsistence allowance (to cover your living expenses including accommodation) 1000 EUR 1500 EUR 2500 EUR
Insurance coverage (health, travel, accident, third party liability) Yes Yes Yes
Tuition fee (if applicable) - Maximum amount covered = 3000 EUR Yes Yes Yes
One return ticket Yes Yes Yes


Application call deadline date: 5 February 2016
Feedback on application: Information not available yet
Mobility to commence: Before 31 December 2016 (in compliance with relevant host institution's start date)


Application Process

All applications must be submitted online. Only complete applications will be reviewed. The applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Academic merit
  • Motivation for the mobility period
  • Research Plan


More information

All queries can be directed to at the International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO).