IMSISS Information Webinar

Thank you to everyone who came along to our information webinar about the IMSISS Programme - the recording is now available to view here.

Applications remain open until the 26th July 2024 for international applicants and 16th August 2024 for UK applicants, and you can apply here.

Czechia visa restrictions for Russian and Belarusian nationals

Due to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, Czechia has placed restrictions on visa services for nationals of Russia and Belarus.

Russian and Belarusian nationals who wish to apply for the IMSISS programme should be aware that, unless they are subject to an exemption listed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czechia, they will be refused entry to the Czechia for the mobility period at Charles University Prague.

We ask any Russian and Belarusian prospective applicants to familiarise themselves with Czech visa regulations and any announcements from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czechia. Please consider these restrictions before applying to participate in the IMSISS programme.

For more information on the restrictions in place and any exemptions to these, please see the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Czechia.

Applications for 2024 entry

Applications for entry to the IMSISS programme in September 2024 will open on Sunday, 1st October 2023.

The application deadlines are as follows:

  • International/EU applications: 26th July 2024
  • Home (UK) applications: 16th August 2024

Please note that there are no Erasmus Mundus Scholarships available this year. However, you can find additional funding opportunities here. In addition, the Consortium may be able to provide some yet unconfirmed funding, further details to be provided in due course.   To be eligible for consideration for these particular funding opportunities, applicants must have already submitted an application in a self-funded capacity and have been given offer to the programme.

We recently ran an information session webinar on the programme – the recording is available here.

We look forward to receiving more top-quality applications this year. All details on how to apply can be found on our website – see the Apply section and the Scholarships & Fees section.


New book by Prof. Pejman Abdolmohammadi (University of Trento)

We are glad to announce the new book Contemporary Domestic and Foreign Policies of Iran by Prof. Pejman Abdolmohammadi (University of Trento), co-authored with Prof. Giampiero Cama (University of Genova). The book has been published by Palgrave-Mcmillan, as part of the Middle East Today book series.

New book by
Dr Pejman Abdolmohammadi

This book is a comprehensive analysis of the domestic and foreign politics of Iran, focusing on its complex nature from political, social and cultural perspectives. It has adopted a multidisciplinary approach, combining comparative politics and intellectual and modern history with international relations. It analyses the institutional structure of the Islamic Republic, the main political and social actors and alliances, as well as Iranian opposition forces both inside and outside the country. The book tries to simplify the seemingly intractable complexity of the Islamic Republic by demystifying it and using political science methods to prove that it is a peculiar hybrid regime.

Dr Pejman Abdolmohammadi is a Senior Assistant Professor in Middle Eastern Studies at the School of International Studies, leading the Causes of Conflict Pathway at the University of Trento.

Deadline for 2020 Entry Applications & Deposits Extended

In response to the difficulties experienced by applicants due to the coronavirus outbreak, the deadline for submission of applications to join the IMSISS programme in September 2020 has been extended.

Applications to join the programme in September 2020 will close on Monday 10th August 2020 for International applicants and Monday 31st August 2020 for UK/EU applicants.

Scholarship competition for entry in September 2020 is now closed.

The deposit payment deadline to secure a self-funded place is 30th June 2020 for all candidates who make an application up to 31st May, and 7th September 2020 for applications submitted from 1st June.

We look forward to receiving more top-quality applications this year. All details on how to apply can be found on our website – see the Apply section and the Scholarships & Fees section.

Make sure you get your application in on time!


Applications for entry to the IMSISS programme in September 2020 are now open. Applications for entry with Erasmus Mundus Scholarships will close on Friday 10th January 2020 and self funded applications will close on 1st April 2020.

Make sure you get your application in on time! We look forward to receiving more top-quality applications this year. All details on how to apply can be found on our website – see the Apply section and the Scholarships & Fees section.

Summer University on Security and Strategic Analysis in Regensburg


IMSISS 2021-2023 students at OTH Regensburg
From 01 to 12 August 2022, 40 IMSISS students had the opportunity to attend the OTH Regensburg Summer School on Strategic Intelligence Analysis in Regensburg, Germany.

During the two-week course, students learnt about critical thinking, cognitive biases, and structured analytic techniques for intelligence analysis – ranging from Key Driver Identification to Scenario Development (as part of the Cone of Plausibility) and Courses of Action to verify assumptions – taught by LTC Georg Fuchs and Prof. Dr. Markus Bresinsky.

The practical and application-oriented nature of the Summer School required the participants to work together in small teams and prepare a 5–10-year strategic outlook for one of the countries of the G5 Sahel, Sudan, and Libya.

Throughout this process, the students received constant support and feedback from the entire OTH Regensburg team. A series of expert talks and social events further enhanced the Summer School experience.



IMSISS re-funding bid is successful!

We are delighted to announce that our application for 5 further years of funding for IMSISS was successfully approved by the EACEA in July 2019. This funding will support 88 scholarships across four intakes of students, as well as help the programme run its various events, visiting fellow programme and guest lecture series. The first intake of students for this new funding will start in September 2020. Individuals interested will be able to apply from October 2019.

On top of the exciting funding news, we can also announce that the programme continues to expand with a wide range of new academic and practitioner partners. The University of Trento in Italy, which had been an associated partner for the first funding round joins IMSISS as a full degree awarding partner and staff from its School of International Studies will lead on a new pathway focusing on the "Causes of Conflict". The University of Cádiz in Spain has also joined the consortium as a new associate partner offering a second summer school on migration and border security.

The historic Main Square in Trento, Italy

Other new associate partners to join the programme and who will contribute to the visiting fellows scheme and our work placement and internship programme include among others: the Italian Institute for International Political Studies, the Peace Research Institute Oslo, the University of Malaya in Malaysia, and PUC Minas in Brazil.

Since IMSISS launched in 2017 it has been an exciting and challenging project for the main team behind delivery of the programme. However, we have to acknowledge the role played by our students who have shown themselves to be enthusiastic, engaged, thought-provoking and hard-working.

Huge thanks also to all of our Partners and Associate Partners around the globe – established and new – for their input.  We look forward to strengthening these relationships and working closer with them in the coming years.

More details about the new programme and the changes that will take place will be made available as we update this website. Please bear with us as the website updates are made.