The European Union offers a cooperation and mobility programme in higher education known as Erasmus Mundus. Now into its second phase, the programme aims to support high quality European Masters and doctoral candidates in a range of disciplines, each run by a consortium of outstanding universities in Europe and beyond to bring together students from all over the world. It offers prestigious scholarships to enable them to engage in postgraduate study an Erasmus Mundus course in at least two European countries and 3 countries in the world. Academic staff are also able to apply for fellowships.
For the academic year 2009-2010, the European Commission awarded close to 10,000 new grants, mostly awarded to students and academics to come to Europe to study or teach, and for Europeans to spend periods at partner institutions in countries outside Europe. For the academic year 2013-2014, 5 Erasmus Mundus scholarships were given out to the applicants from Singapore out of a total pool of 38 applicants.