Funding available

Find out about how much Erasmus+ funding is available to support your teaching or training visit.

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Go abroad - Staff opportunities are funded by the Erasmus+ programme of the European Union. 

Erasmus+ grant rates vary according to destination country and duration of the visit, and are comprised of a travel grant and a subsistence grant.  Grant rates are determined by the British Council. 

Both travel and subsistence grants are flat-rate grants - they are calculated according to the distance you are travelling and the length of your stay.  Actual expenditure will not be taken into consideration so participants are not required to submit an expenses claim or to submit receipts of expenditure.  

How much is the travel grant?

The travel grant is calculated on the basis of the distance of travel from Edinburgh to the host destination (city), according to the European Commission's official distance calculator.  It may not cover the entire cost of your travel so the grant allocation should be taken into consideration when planning your travel.

Travel grant rates 2019/20

For travel within Europe
Travel distance Travel allowance € euros
100 - 499km 180
500 - 1999km 275
2000 - 2999km 360
3000 - 3999km 530
For travel to partners outside Europe
Travel distance Travel allowance € euros Countries
2000 - 2999km 360 Russia
3000-3999km 530 Egypt
4000 - 7999km 820 Canada, Gambia, India, USA
8000km + 1500 China, Mexico, Thailand

The Travel Distance Calculator is accessible at the following link:

How much is the subsistence grant?

In addition to the travel grant, a per day, flat-rate subsistence grant is payable to all participants. The amount of grant allocated per day is dependent on your destination country. 

The subsistence grant may not cover all the costs of your accommodation and subsistence so the grant allocation should be taken into consideration when planning your visit. 

Subsistence grant rates 2019/20

Receiving country Grant per day € *

All ICM countries: Canada, China, Egypt, Gambia, India, Mexico, Russia, Thailand, USA

Plus: Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Sweden, Liechtenstein, Norway


Austria, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Cyprus, Netherlands, Malta, Portugal

Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, FYR Macedonia, Turkey 140

*Note: these amounts are payable for visits of up to 14 days.  For visits of more than 14 days, the daily subsistence rate reduces to 70% of the stated grant rate.

How is the Erasmus+ grant paid?

Your full travel and subsistence grants will be paid into your bank account by BACS. This will be processed via the University’s Accounts Payable office, who will have your bank details if you are a registered eExpenses user or have received expense reimbursement in the past.  

Erasmus+ travel grant

We will pay your travel grant on receipt of the following:

  • your completed and signed Staff Training/Teaching Mobility Agreement
  • your completed and signed Staff Mobility Grant Agreement
  • your flight receipts

Your travel grant may be paid in advance of your visit on receipt of the documents listed above.

Erasmus+ subsistence grant

We will pay your subsistence grant on receipt of the following:

  • your completed and signed Certificate of Attendance
  • your online feedback report for the European Commission

Your subsistence grant will be paid on your return to Edinburgh.

Funding for staff with disabilities

Additional Erasmus+ funding is available for staff with special needs where participation would not be possible without extra financial support. This applies in cases where additional costs would exceed the normal grant allocations and funds cannot be obtained from other sources.

The grant covers approved actual costs. Please ensure you provide details in your application. We will contact you to discuss your situation in confidence as soon as possible if you wish to explore this possibility.