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Application process

Information on registering your interest, how to apply for an Erasmus traineeship, and links to the application forms.

If you have already secured a placement, read on for application process information and the application form.

If you are interested, but have not yet secured a placement, you can:

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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

When should I 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 4 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.

When will I learn the outcome of my application?

You will normally receive notification about your application within 2 weeks. However, during peak times (May-September) it may take longer to review your application. 

Can I apply for funding more than once?

Yes, as long as each of your Erasmus placements individually meets the eligibility criteria in terms of minimum duration and activity.

For more information:

What is an Erasmus+ traineeship?

If you have already received Erasmus funding before, please remember you can only claim a maximum total of 12 months’ Erasmus funding per study cycle (Undergraduate, Master’s, PhD).

Ready to apply?

Apply for Erasmus traineeship funding 2018/19

Applications for funding should be submitted 4 weeks before the start of your placement.

Apply for Erasmus traineeship funding 2019/20

2019/2020 applications for funding (for placements ending after 30 September 2019) will open in May 2019.

What information should be given in the application?

Before submitting your application, you must read our Application Guide carefully to find out how to complete your application for funding. Make sure you provide as much detail as possible – if your application is vague or incomplete, we won’t be able to process it.

Submit an application

What about my tuition fees?

Please note that you will only be considered an Erasmus+ trainee once you have applied and been approved for funding.

This is particularly important if you are undertaking a placement as part of your degree, as not having Erasmus status may significantly affect the amount of fees you have to pay. For full details of the fees you should pay whilst studying/working abroad, please visit the Scholarships and Student Funding website.

Scholarships and Student Funding website

Selection process

Applications are approved on a first come, first served basis and are open all year round. Applications will be assessed by the Go Abroad Office, 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 (i.e. Go Abroad fund)