Scholarships for student field missions in developing countries

31 March, 2014

Scholarships for student field missions in developing countries
1st Call for Applications – 2014
Deadline: 15 April 2014

Bachelor and Master Students enrolled at universities in the European Union who plan to conduct a field mission on the topic of financial inclusion are invited to participate in the “University Meets Microfinance” (UMM) – Scholarships Program. The field mission can be either:

  • Field research in a developing country in the frame of their Bachelor / Master thesis, or;
  • an internship with an organization in a developing country or with an organization in a developed country if a field mission is planned.

UMM Scholarships Program for Field Research & Internships: 
The UMM Scholarships Program offers scholarships to support student field experiences on topics related to financial inclusion. Scholarships of up to 1500 EUR are granted to Bachelor and Master Students enrolled at universities in the European Union who plan to conduct internships and/or field research in developing countries. The scholarships are granted to cover travel and/or accommodation expenses during the field experience.

Each application is evaluated by a professor and a practitioner. The final score is the average of two scores. Selected participants are informed four to six weeks after the submission deadline.

If research topics are suitable, outstanding applicants could be invited to share the results of the research or internship during one of the UMM workshops or awareness events, or in the UMM institutional communication material (e.g.: newsletter, website).

Upcoming application deadline for UMM Scholarships - Program 2014:
15 April 2014: 1st Call for Scholarship Applications (Bachelor, Master)
Find here the application forms for: field research and internship for the UMM Scholarships & Awards Program. These forms are also available at (“MF Research – Scholarships” Section). Please send your application to

About University Meets Microfinance (UMM):
Initiated in 2009 by PlaNet Finance and Freie Universität Berlin, University Meets Microfinance (UMM) is a European initiative which fosters cooperation between universities, students in Europe and microfinance practitioners to contribute to microfinance innovation and education for development. UMM is active in domains such as microfinance education, microfinance research, information capitalization, professional exchange & dissemination of information. All UMM activities are carried out under the umbrella of the European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP) in the frame of the e-MFP UMM Action Group.

UMM Institutional and Financial Partners:
PlaNet Finance, European Microfinance Platform (e-MFP), European Commission, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Agence Française de Développement (AFD), European Investment Bank Institute (EIB-I), Freie Universität Berlin, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management and Capgemini Italia (country partner).

Today, more than 4.600 students, academics and practitioners have benefitted from UMM activities.

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