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What is an Erasmus+ traineeship?

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. 

What is an Erasmus+ traineeship?

Traineeships are defined as spending a period of time in an enterprise or organisation in another country, with a view to:

  • acquire specific competences that are required by the labour market
  • carry out work experience, and
  • improve the understanding of the economic and social culture of that country

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). 

How long can I go for?

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.

Who can apply?

Erasmus+ grants for traineeships can be paid to students:

  •  registered in and studying at the University of Edinburgh, or
  •  who have been registered at the University of Edinburgh, within one year after graduation 

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.

What types of placement are eligible?

There are three different types of traineeship:

  1. Compulsory traineeships undertaken as part of your degree programme (during term time)
  2. Voluntary traineeships, not obligatory for your degree (during term time for research students, or during vacation time for taught programmes)
  3. Traineeships for recent graduates (undertaken after the end of your degree programme and completed within 12 months of graduation)

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. 

Where can I go?

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.

What kind of organisation can I go to?

The receiving organisation can be:

  • Any public or private organisation active in the labour market or in the fields of education, training and youth - for example, the organisation could be:
    • A public or private, a small, medium or large enterprise (including social enterprises)
    • A public body at local, regional or national level
    • A social partner or other representative of working life, including chambers of commerce, craft/professional associations and trade unions
    • A research institute
    • A foundation
    • A school/institute/educational centre (at any level, from pre-school to upper secondary education, and including vocational education and adult education)
  • A non-profit organisation, association, or NGO
  • A body providing career guidance, professional counselling and information services
  • A Programme Country Higher Education Institution with an Erasmus Charter
  • Embassies

The following types of organisations are not eligible as host organisations:

  • Organisations managing EU programmes (such as National Agencies) in order to avoid possible conflict of interests and/or double funding
  • EU bodies including specialised agencies

    • For a full list of these, please visit the following page on the Europa website:

Full list of EU bodies