Erasmus+ Traineeship after Graduation
The Erasmus+ programme offers grants not only for student mobilities during studies but also for traineeship mobilities shortly after graduation. The Flemish universities and universities of applied sciences (and arts) have jointly formed a consortium to offer Erasmus+ grants for traineeships after graduation to graduate, bachelor’s or master’s degree students as well as PhD students. This consortium is called the Flanders Traineeship Platform and is managed by the Flemish Higher Education Council (VLUHR).
Recent graduates from all study fields may apply for this scholarship. The traineeship must be completed within one year (12 months) of graduation. The start date must take place within that year.
Important: Your higher education institution’s internal process must also be taken into account, so please contact the international office at your higher education institution as well.
The following higher education institutions are part of the ‘Flanders Traineeship Platform’ consortium.
- Artesis Plantijn University of Applied Sciences and Arts;
- Artevelde University of Applied Sciences;
- Erasmus Brussels University of Applied Sciences and Arts;
- HOGENT University of Applied Sciences;
- PXL University of Applied Sciences and Arts;
- VIVES University of Applied Sciences;
- Howest University of Applied Sciences and Arts;
- Karel de Grote University of Applied Sciences and Arts;
- LUCA School of Arts;
- Odisee University of Applied Sciences;
- Thomas More University of Applied Sciences;
- University of Antwerp;
- KU Leuven;
- Ghent University;
- Hasselt University;
- Vrije Universiteit Brussel.
The Antwerp Maritime Academy and UCLL University of Applied Sciences have chosen not to take part in this consortium. Therefore, their students cannot apply for the scholarship.
Students must find an traineeship on their own in one of the Erasmus+ programme countries. The following countries qualify:
- 28 EU countries;
- North Macedonia;
The scholarship amount depends on the destination country. The countries are grouped into 3 different grant categories:
Group 1 - €379/€429* per month: Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Turkey.
Group 2 - €429/€479* per month: Cyprus, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Austria, Malta.
Group 3 - €479/€529* per month: Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, UK, Sweden.
* Students from underrepresented groups will receive the higher monthly amount listed above.
The amounts mentioned above are granted for each full month of the traineeship period, with the remaining days paid pro rata.
The duration of the traineeship must be at least two months and no more than 12 months. The scholarship will only be granted for a period up until 12 months after the date of graduation (i.e. publication of final results).
Important: per study cycle (bachelor’s/master’s/PhD), you may spend a maximum of 12 months on mobility through Erasmus. The number of months you spent on Erasmus mobility (study or traineeship) during the study cycle from which you most recently graduated will be deducted from the maximum of 12 months. For an traineeship after graduation, you can only receive Erasmus funding for the number of months that remains from this 12-month period.
Application and selection procedure
Step 1: To participate in the Erasmus+ programme, students must register before graduation, i.e. before the date that your scores are officially announced. Registration is not possible after graduation. The specific internship proposal may be completed after graduation. It's better that you don't register with your e-mail address from your Flemish Higher Education institution. After you graduate, these e-mail addresses will be enabled and will no longer be available. So it's important that you register with your own personal e-mail address. Registration is not a binding commitment and can be cancelled afterwards. So, if you are interested in the program, be sure to register even if you do not yet have an internship company. That way, you still have the possibility of receiving a grant. Registration can be done via the link below.
Step 2: Students must search for an traineeship in an organisation themselves. All public and private organisations that are active on the labour market or in the domain of diplomacy, education, training and youth work are eligible. EU institutions and organisations that administer European programmes, including Erasmus+ National Agencies, are not eligible.
Step 3: The grant will be awarded on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, until there is no more funding available in the budget.
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