/ Bourses 

L'appel à candidatures pour l'année académique 2021-2022 est clôturé

Le prochain appel sera lancé dans le courant du mois de novembre 2021

ATTENTION : veuillez également vous assurer que vous répondez à la TOTALITÉ des critères généraux de recevabilité avant de postuler, ceux-ci sont accessibles ICI

26a0  ATTENTION ! La procédure de candidature se fait en ligne via la plateforme GIRAF. Ne transmettez aucune donnée personnelle (photos d'identités, copie de diplômes, etc.) par mail. Si vous recevez une telle demande par mail, il s'agit probablement d'une tentative de phishing.


/ Scholarships

The call for applications for the academic year 2021-2022 is now closed

The next call will be launched during the month of November 2021

ATTENTION: please make sure that you comply with ALL admissibility criteria prior to applying for the grant, these can be found HERE

26a0  WARNING! The application procedure is online via the GIRAF platform. Do not send any personal data (passport photos, copies of diplomas, etc.) by e-mail. If you receive such a request by e-mail, it is probably a phishing attempt.


01/ Objectives

The European Microfinance Programme (EMP) was launched in 2005 in response to a growing demand for training in development activities, particularly in microfinance. Currently, the EMP is jointly organised by  three European universities (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Université de Mons and Université de Paris-Dauphine) and four non-governmental organizations ADA, BRS, CERISE and SOS Faim.

The purpose of the programme is to train microfinance professionals from both the North and the South and contribute to the strengthening of microfinance institutions worldwide in accordance with the highest international standards.
The EMP offers a multidisciplinary approach on development issues in the microfinance sector. The programme combines solid theoretical foundations, practical knowledge, and on-field internship. The EMP works in close connection with the Centre for European Research in Microfinance (CERMi), which offers optional seminars, conferences, and other research activities to the EMP students (www.cermi.eu).

02/ Training content


The programme lasts one year (60 ects).

It is spread over 3 periods:

  • From mid-September to January: Introduction to financial management, microfinance from conception to management, banking and microfinance, contracting and microfinance products, financial inclusion, introduction to rural development,
  • From February to April: Digital finance, financial planning and risk management, assessment of microfinance, commercialization of microfinance,
  • From May to August: Students will complete a compulsory two-to-four-month field internship in a microfinance institution in a developing country. The EMP does not provide any financial support for the expenses related to that internship. However, students have the possibility to look for grants and financial support from foundations, associations, etc.

Courses (all in English) are held 4-5 times a week in the evening hours (from 6 pm to 9 pm). Some courses may be organized on Saturdays from 9 am to 12 pm.

03/ Conditions of admission


Admission is delivered by the European Microfinance Programme Management Committee upon a commission evaluation of the candidates.

Applicants to the one-year programme must already hold a Master Degree - 300 ECTS - (or a degree considered as equivalent by the jury) in one of the following disciplines: development cooperation, economics, agronomy, management or finance.

Possibly, other qualifications may be accepted.

Applicants must have field experience in developing countries.

Mastering English is required

Applicants will find the detailed application procedure on our website.

They must submit their application to both ARES and EMP.

04/ Additionnal information


Number of scholarships available: 12

Length of the training: one academic year, starting on mid-September 2021

Teaching language: English

05/ Universities


Université de Mons - Warocqué School of Business ans Economics

  • Academic Supervisor: Prof. Marc Labie

Université libre de Bruxelles - Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBS-EM)

  • Academic Supervisors: Prof. Ariane Szafarz and Prof. Marek Hudon

In Collaboration with :

  • Université Paris-Dauphine (France)
  • ADA, BRS, CERISE and SOS Faim

06/ Contact person


For further information

Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management (SBS-EM)
CP 135, Avenue F-D. Roosevelt, 50 - 1050 Brussels
T : +32 2 650 41 62
E-mail : This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
website : http://www.europeanmicrofinanceprogram.org/



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