Erasmus+ traineeships provide funding for you to work or train in Europe during or immediately after your degree.
Monthly grants of €380-430 are available.
Traineeships are defined as spending a period of time in an enterprise or organisation in another country, with a view to:
Whether you are working for a private company, volunteering or undertaking research abroad, your Erasmus + traineeship should be relevant to your higher education. Your application will need to demonstrate a clear understanding of the skills you expect to develop, and how they may benefit your degree or future career.
Traineeships can be either credit bearing (compulsory) or non-credit bearing (optional).
Placements must last for a minimum of 2 months and a maximum of 12 months. A minimum of 2 months' continuous work must be completed.
Three months is the maximum for graduate students.
If you’ve already been on an Erasmus-funded study placement or traineeship, you can only receive a maximum of 12 months’ Erasmus funding within the same study cycle.
If you are in first or second year of study and are planning to spend a full year abroad in Europe in your 3rd year, we recommend you don’t claim more than 2 months’ Erasmus Traineeship funding as you will need to retain enough Erasmus funding to cover your 3rd year exchange.
You can apply for funding for more than one traineeship over the maximum 12 month period, but you must submit a separate application for each traineeship.
Please also remember than we can’t fund traineeships that have already started, nor fund traineeships for a partial period only.
Erasmus+ grants for traineeships can be paid to students:
Students undertaking traineeships may be in any year of study. Funding is available to students undertaking paid and unpaid traineeships.
Graduate students can receive funding for a traineeship for a maximum duration of 3 months, and must complete the traineeship within 12 months of graduation. Graduate students must apply for funding before completing their degree programme. Applications received after notification of graduation will not be considered.
There are three different types of traineeship:
Traineeship placements must be full time, applicable to the type of work. This would normally constitute a minimum 30 hours per week. This may be less for teaching assistants - for example, British Council Language Assistants are contracted to approximately 15 hours a week but are expected to spend time also creating lesson plans.
Supervised research periods at a Higher Education Institution or a private research institute are also eligible for funding under the Erasmus + traineeship scheme. You cannot receive Erasmus+ Traineeship funding to study courses abroad.
Eligible host countries include all EU member states plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey and Croatia - please note that Switzerland is currently not an Erasmus programme country.
Funding for traineeships in Turkey is currently unavailable.
The receiving organisation can be:
The following types of organisations are not eligible as host organisations:
EU bodies including specialised agencies