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Graduate traineeships

Applications for 2017 have closed and these pages are for information only.

Erasmus+ offers funding to recent QMUL graduates who are planning on doing a traineeship (internship/work placement) outside the UK but in one of the Programme Countries after they finish their QMUL studies.

This is an excellent opportunity to gain international experience and to give any CV a competitive edge!


Any QMUL student who will be finishing their QMUL Bachelor, Master or doctoral studies in June/July 2018 is eligible to apply for funding. Grants range from EUR 380-430 per month. Top-up grant of EUR 20 per month for students from disadvantaged backgrounds available. See the Erasmus+ Grant page for more details. Students have to make their own arrangements to find and apply for a suitable placement for the traineeship. A traineeship placement should be secured by the time students apply for Erasmus+ funding. The application needs to be submitted to the Global Opportunities Office before the start of the traineeship.

Students studying with us on a Tier 4 visa: please note that QMUL cannot offer visa support as the traineeship extends beyond your QMUL degree. You may apply however you are solely responsible for obtaining the correct visa covering the duration of your traineeship.

See the bottom of this page for application and selection information.

Duration of the traineeship

The traineeship must have a minimum duration of 60 days and can be funded up until the end of September.

  • Example: A student finds a traineeship from 15 June to 15 December. The funded period is from 15 June to 30 September (3.5 months of funding).

Multiple Erasmus+ Periods

Participated in Erasmus+ before? A student can receive up to 12 months of Erasmus+ funding per cycle of study, independent of the number and types of periods abroad. The duration of a graduate traineeship counts towards the 12-month maximum of the cycle during which a student applies for the traineeship.

  • Example: A student will graduate with their Bachelor’s degree during which they spent 10 months studying at one of QMUL’s Erasmus+ partner universities. The student is eligible for a remaining 2 months of funding over the following summer, totalling 12 months.

For degrees covering two cycles (for example a first degree leading to a Master’s level qualification), mobility periods up to a total duration of 24 months may be undertaken.

Where can I go?

Students can do a traineeship in any public or private organisation in one of the Programme Countries that is active in the labour market but outside the UK.

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

  • EU bodies including specialised agencies and EU HEIs — for a full list, visit the European Union website.
  • Organisations managing EU programmes (such as National Agencies) in order to avoid possible conflict of interests and/or double funding.

If the traineeship takes place in a representation or public institution of the home country of the participant (e.g. cultural institutes like the British Council or English schools), the student needs to indicate the additional transnational benefits they will obtain as compared to a similar placement in the UK.

Please note: Students are required to find and secure the traineeship themselves.

Will fees be charged and what financial support will be provided?

There is no fee for taking part. If the application is successful, trainees will be awarded an Erasmus+ grant to help cover the travel and subsistence costs incurred in connection with their traineeship abroad. Grants range from EUR 350-400 per month and depend on destination country.

If the application is successful, what arrangements are made and what is the trainee’s responsibility?

Prior to departure the trainee is provided with:

  • A grant agreement covering the mobility period, signed between the trainee and QMUL, entailing mutual obligations, rights and responsibilities.
  • A learning agreement for traineeships regarding the specific programme for the traineeship, approved by the trainee, QMUL and the enterprise:
    This ensures a commitment by all three parties to the success and recognition of the traineeship and entails mutual obligations, rights and responsibilities. The rights, obligations, responsibilities are reflected in the learning agreement which will cover the key components of the work to be undertaken (a job description), the intended learning outcomes and a range of other matters. It will explain how QMUL will recognise the work placement; what form assessment will take and who will be involved in the assessment.
  • The “Erasmus+ Student Charter” setting out the trainee’s rights and obligations with respect to his/her period of training/work experience abroad.

During the period abroad:

  • The trainee is asked to keep a journal to reflect on their learning progress.

After the period abroad:

  • The employer will provide a traineeship certificate.


In order to be eligible for Erasmus+ funding students doing a traineeship need to have liability insurance coverage and accident insurance coverage/workers compensation insurance.

Liability insurance

Liability insurance covers damages caused by the trainee during his/her stay abroad. The Employer has to ensure that trainee's actions and liability arising from the traineeship are cover by their liability policy (independently whether the trainee is at work or not). Varying arrangements with respect to liability insurance are in place in different countries engaged in transnational learning mobility for traineeships. Trainees therefore run the risk of not being covered. The trainee has to take out their own insurance if not covered by the employer. The trainee will be asked to show proof of their insurance.

Accident insurance coverage/workers compensation insurance

Trainees need accident insurance coverage/workers compensation insurance covering at least damages caused to the trainee at the workplace. This insurance covers damages to employees resulting from accidents at work. In many countries employees are covered against such accidents at work. However, the extent to which transnational trainees are covered within the same insurance may vary across the countries engaged in transnational learning mobility programmes. The trainee has to take out their own insurance if not covered by the employer. The trainee will be asked to show proof of their insurance.

Students should enquire about this with their employer and make private insurance arrangement if not covered by the employer.

Failure to complete the traineeship

If you experience problems and wish to withdraw from your Erasmus+ traineeship, you must contact the Global Opportunities Office as soon as possible.
Please be aware that if you fail to attend, unless there are exceptional circumstances, you will be liable for a full repayment of the Erasmus+ grant.

Erasmus+ Student Charter

Each Erasmus+ student will be given an Erasmus+ Student Charter by their home university or higher education institution before departing on their study or traineeship period abroad. The Student Charter highlights the rights and obligations of students participating in Erasmus+. It informs Erasmus+ students about what they are entitled to and what is expected of them during their secondment for studies or for a traineeship.

In particular, the Erasmus+ Student Charter outlines the basic entitlements of the Erasmus+ students, such as free tuition and full recognition of studies or traineeships abroad. The Charter also specifies the main obligations of the Erasmus+ students, providing them with a concise idea of their duties with regard to both their home and host higher education institution/enterprise.

Advice for selected participants

Selected Erasmus+ participants make preparations before departure in order to sort out matters such as accommodation, contract(s), financial budgeting, insurance, paperwork, travel, etc. The following links offer some information and guidance to help participants navigate through these matters:



Students have to follow 2 steps before the application deadline in order to be considered:

1) Complete and submit the online application form.

2) Then merge the following scanned supporting documents into one single pdf and send this pdf by email (subject line: “Erasmus+ Graduate Traineeship application – First name Surname”) to

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV),
  • Official transcript of records requested through the SEC (MySIS screen shot insufficient). Master students have to submit an official transcript from their Bachelor studies as well,
  • Job description,
  • Confirmation from employer (e.g. letter, contract, scan of email).

Note: Scanned copies of documents with quality resolution (not photographs) are required.

Applications for students graduating in 2018 will open in early 2018.

Selection criteria

Priority will be given to students who will be doing an unpaid traineeship. Priority will also be given to students participating in Erasmus+ for the first time. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Further selection criteria include:

  • Completeness of application form
  • Relevance of traineeship to QMUL degree programme
  • Academic merit
  • Motivation
  • CV

For more information about Erasmus+, please visit the European Commission’s website or the British Council website.

This project is funded by the European Union. The content of these web pages is the sole responsibility of Queen Mary University of London. The European Union cannot be held responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained in these pages.

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