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Robert Jones awarded Erasmus Mundus Mobility Grant

Date Released: Mon, 4 May 2015 09:28 +0200

Erasmus Mundus

The Erasmus Mundus programme aims to enhance quality in higher education through academic cooperation between Europe and the rest of the world. Erasmus Mundus partnerships bring together higher education institutions from Europe and other regions in the world.

INSPIRE (International Science Promoting Innovation and Entrepreneurship) is an Erasmus Mundus Action 2 project (with financial support granted by the European Commission) that grants scholarships to South African students and researchers to undertake a full degree or an exchange in some of the best universities in Europe. Scholarships cover a monthly allowance, travel, insurance and tuition fees (at the host university).

The INSPIRE project offered 125 scholarships for students, researchers or staff to participate in an exchange or a full degree. It was open to all South African nationals either currently registered as a student, researcher or staff at a Higher Education Institution or with an already completed degree.

Rob has been selected to undertake a six month Doctorate mobility at Masaryk University, Czech Republic, in 2016. Masaryk University was one of only two universities that provided an opportunity for exchange students whose focus is on sports science. 

As Rob’s PhD thesis aims to directly compare the fatigue profile of Black African soccer players to Caucasian European players, a period in Europe is essential in order to allow for the necessary data to be collected. The award of the INSPIRE scholarship provides a valuable opportunity to collect data from European soccer players. The Faculty of Sports Studies at Masaryk University has brilliant facilities and provides an ideal location for him to perform the second part of his data collection on professional soccer players from the Czech professional soccer league (Synot Liga).  The outcomes of this research have important implications for the health and wellbeing of soccer players of Black African ethnic origin, competing in competitive leagues around the world.

Congratulations Rob!

Robert Jones, PhD Scholar