General Information

The Intra-ACP Programme

The Intra-ACP academic mobility scheme supports higher education cooperation between countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP). The scheme aims to promote sustainable development and poverty alleviation by increasing the availability of trained and qualified high-level professional manpower in the ACP countries.


The Caribbean-Pacific Island Mobility Scheme (CARPIMS) is an Intra-ACP cooperation and mobility programme in the area of Higher Education, which focuses on Lot 2 – Caribbean and Pacific institutions. It is implemented under the aegis of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) of the European Union.

Intra-ACP CARPIMS facilitates the movement of Master’s students, PhD students and Staff (both academic and administrative) among selected higher education institutions in the Caribbean and Pacific regions. It is aimed at building institutional capacity and encouraging socioeconomic development in each region by enabling access to a wider variety of postgraduate degrees and research opportunities to students.

These mobility activities are geared toward increasing the competitiveness of the participating higher education institutions towards ultimately encouraging ‘brain gain’ rather than ‘brain drain’ within each region.

Participants explore Caribbean and Pacific solutions for challenges encountered in both regions, creating a cadre of trained, open-minded and globally oriented individuals who can serve as foundational resources in developing new disciplines and competencies for their respective countries.

3 distinct CARPIMS projects

There are 3 distinct Intra-ACP CARPIMS projects funded by the EACEA, each spanning 5 years:

  • The inaugural CARPIMS offers 87 mobilities across the period 2011 to 2016
  • CARPIMS II offers 88 mobilities across the period 2012 to 2017
  • CARPIMS III offers 122 mobilities across the period 2013 to 2018

Altogether, Intra-ACP CARPIMS enables a total of 295 postgraduate and staff exchange mobilities within the Caribbean and Pacific.


Who can apply?

All applicants must be nationals of a Caribbean or Pacific country, and are classified according to 2 target groups.

Project Target Group 1 Target Group 2
CARPIMS Persons who are currently registered or employed in a partner institution Persons who are registered in a HEI that is not included in the partnership, or who have obtained a HEI degree or equivalent from an institution of these countries (alumni).



Persons affiliated with Partner Universities
• Current Students
• Alumni
• Full-time staff members
Nationals who have obtained a University degree (from an institution in the Caribbean or Pacific) that is not included in the partnership.


Special considerations – diaspora applications

Diaspora applications are also encouraged – the scholarships are therefore also open to ACP nationals who are not currently resident in ACP countries.


Financial Support available via the CARPIMS scholarship:

Type of Mobility Duration (No. of Months) Monthly Stipend Settling-in allowance Tuition Insurance
Full Master 22 € 600 1-time payment of
€ 600
Paid directly to host university Health, travel and accident insurance coverage
PhD Mobility (research scholarship) 10 € 900 1-time payment of
€ 900
n/a Health, travel and accident insurance coverage
Administrative Staff
1 € 1,000 n/a n/a Health, travel and accident insurance coverage


For further details on applying, please see here.