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Application process

Find out about the application process for the Erasmus+ traineeship scheme.

Before you apply

Secure your placement

To apply, you must have already secured a placement. Find out more about how to secure a placement on our Finding a Traineeship page.

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Register your interest as a future graduate, if you are in your final year of study and are planning to do a placement after your graduation.

Ready to apply?

If you have already secured a placement, you can apply for funding now. Read on for application information and the application form.

When to apply

Applications for Erasmus traineeship funding should be submitted no later than 4 weeks before the start of your placement.

This is to allow enough time to complete the required Erasmus documents before your departure. 

We cannot guarantee the availability of funding if you apply less than four weeks before your placement starts. If you have received a late traineeship offer and are due to start imminently, you should notify us by emailing workplacements@ed.ac.uk after submitting your online application. We will try our best to fast-track your application.

Your application must be submitted before your traineeship starts.

How to apply

To submit an online application for funding, follow the relevant link below. Make sure you provide as much detail as possible – if your application is vague or incomplete, we won’t be able to process it.

Before submitting your application, you must read our Application Guide carefully to find out how to complete your application for funding.

Apply for Erasmus traineeship funding 2018/19

If your placement ends on or before 30 September 2019, please use the 2018/19 application form:

Apply now for 2018/19

Apply for Erasmus traineeship funding 2019/20

If your placement ends after 30 September 2019, please use the 2019/2020 application form:

Apply now for 2019/2020

Selection process

Applications are approved on a first come, first served basis and are open all year round.

Applications will be assessed by the Study and Work Away Service, based on the eligibility criteria. 

Most applicants who meet all the eligibility criteria are approved for funding, as long as they submit a full application in due time and complete all their Erasmus+ documents.

In case of limited funding availability, priority will be given to:

  • Students undertaking placements that are compulsory for their degree
  • Students undertaking unpaid placements
  • Students who are not in receipt of other funding for their placement, such as the Go Abroad Fund

You will normally find out if your application has been approved within two weeks, but it may take longer to review your application during our peak time of May to September.