Call for Applications: “University Meets Microfinance” (UMM) Scholarship Program

4 February, 2015

The "University Meets Microfinance" (UMM) invites PhD, Master and Bachelor students enrolled at universities in the European Union to submit applications to the “University Meets Microfinance” (UMM) Scholarship Program for ongoing or planned field experiences on financial inclusion topics. The field experience must still be ongoing at the time of the scholarship deadline to be eligible.

UMM Scholarships Program for Field Experiences

Scholarships of up to 1500 EUR are granted to students enrolled at universities in the European Union to cover travel and/or accommodation expenses during the field experience.

  • PhD students are eligible to apply for scholarships for field research in the frame of their PhD research;
  • Master and Bachelor students are eligible to apply for scholarships for field research in the frame of their thesis research or internships in developing countries.

Each application is evaluated by a professor and a practitioner. The final score is the average of the two evaluations. Successful candidates are informed six weeks after the submission deadline. Outstanding applicants may be invited to share the results of their research during UMM events, in UMM newsletters or on the UMM website.

Application forms and related information for scholarships are available at: UMM Scholarship Program.
Please send your complete application to and include email subject: UMM Scholarship application 2015
Contact for any questions related to the application process.

Please note that the deadline for application is February 15th, 2015!

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 5.100 students, academics and practitioners have benefitted from UMM activities.

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