Welcome to MEME

Erasmus Mundus Master Programme in Evolutionary Biology

MEME is a two-year research-oriented master programme for talented and motivated students who are interested in understanding evolution in all its facets. It is a joint project between four European universities (University of Groningen, Netherlands; Ludwig Maximilians University of Munich, Germany; Uppsala University, Sweden; University of Montpellier 2, France) and Harvard University (USA). Students start their studies with a semester in either Groningen or Uppsala, and then move to either Montpellier or Munich for their second semester. In the third and fourth semesters, students can choose the partner university at which to carry out their individual research projects. Upon completion of the programme, students are awarded a double degree from two partner universities.

4 (+1) Universities

Four European universities have joined forces with Harvard University (USA) as an associated partner. MEME offers students the opportunity to compose an individual study programme in evolutionary biology by combining elements from the complementary programmes at the partner universities.


The European Commission will grant a number of scholarships to highly qualified students to participate in the MEME programme. Scholarships are typically awarded to those students who were ranked highest during the selection procedure.

Double Degrees

Students who successfully complete the MEME programme receive degrees from two of the European partner universities. MEME strives for issuing a joint degree in the future.

Due to the transfer of MEME from the old Erasmus Mundus Programme to the new Erasmus+ Programme, the application deadline has been postponed to 1 February 2015, and the application period has been rescheduled accordingly to 1 November 2014 until 1 February 2015 (24.00h CET). Application is now open!!