The Arenberg-Coimbra Group Prize for Erasmus Students
How to apply
The Arenberg-Coimbra Group Prize for Erasmus Students is awarded annually to a Master´s degree holder from a Coimbra Group University, in any academic discipline, who, having previously undertaken an Erasmus exchange with another Coimbra Group University has in the opinion of the selection committee best demonstrated the added value of that exchange to their Master degree work. The Prize awarded is of the value of €5,000.
Eligible candidates will have obtained their Master degree during the twelve months preceding the application submission deadline. Applications should be sent to the Coimbra Group representative of the candidate’s university (see list of representatives below) at the latest by 30 November 2021.
The individual Coimbra Group Universities will forward their choice of candidate (a maximum of three candidates) to the Executive Board of the Coimbra Group by 31 January 2022. The selection committee´s decision to be established by the Executive Board will be communicated in April 2022 and the Prize awarding ceremony will take place at the General Assembly in Padova on 7-10 June 2022.
Below you will find the Regulations governing the Prize, a list of contact persons at individual Coimbra Group Universities, and the template to accompany the applications.
2022 Laureate of the Arenberg-Coimbra Group Prize for Erasmus Students
The 2022 Laureate is Ms Marie Bakken from the University of Bergen (Norway). While a final year Master student in Law, she spent a six-month Erasmus study period at the University of Salamanca (Spain). The new courses she attended there, and the vivid intellectual interactions entailed by such academic exchange, directly inspired her for the subject of her Master thesis which European dimension has been very much welcomed by the Prize selection committee.
“I am so grateful for this recognition, and this gives me even more motivation to keep working for the legal protection of human rights across Europe”, Marie said when learning about her award. Of all the nominees, she made the most comprehensive and convincing case for the added value of the Erasmus experience. In her particular situation, this included for example actively engaging with the European Law Students’ Association.
This year there have been nineteen nominations from fourteen Coimbra Group Universities in a wide array of disciplines. The other nominees were commended for providing other excellent examples of the impact an Erasmus mobility experience can have on one’s academic journey.
The selection committee consisted of Professors Lenka Rovná from Charles University in Prague (chair), Cláudia Cavadas from the University of Coimbra, and Dorota Malec from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. You can find their recommendation below: