CEDEFOP Traineeship Scheme for Young Graduates and PhD students

CEDEFOP Traineeship Scheme for Young Graduates and PhD students


Deadline: June 30, 2020

Apply for the Cedefop’s traineeship scheme 2020. The scheme is mainly for young university graduates as well as PhD students, without excluding those who, in the framework of lifelong learning, have recently obtained a university diploma and are at the beginning of a new professional career.

Cedefop’s traineeship programme aims to:

  • provide university graduates and PhD students with a unique and first-hand experience of the workings of Cedefop, in particular, and of the EU institutions in general. 
  • enable such trainees to acquire practical experience and knowledge of the day-to-day work of Cedefop’s departments and services. To provide the opportunity to work in a multi-cultural, multi-linguistic and multi-ethnic environment contributing to the development of mutual understanding, trust and tolerance. 
  • provide the opportunity to young university graduates to put into practice knowledge acquired during their studies and in particular in their specific areas of competence. To introduce these graduates to the professional world and the constraints, duties and opportunities therein.


Successful applicants will recieve a grant as described below. Currently the amount of the grant is:

  • EUR 998.60 per month for trainees from abroad (member states of the EU or candidate countries), as well as trainees residing in Greece who need to move to Thessaloniki for the duration of the traineeship.
  • EUR 748.95 per month for trainees residing in Thessaloniki prior to the start of their traineeship.
  • Travel expenses (within certain limits) are also reimbursed.

Disabled trainees may receive a supplement to their grant amounting to half the amount of the grant. The objective of this extra payment is to help disabled trainees to cover extra expenses such as transport, the cost of special accommodation etc which might be required due to their disability.


To be eligible for the traineeship, you must fulfill the following criteria

  • Applicants for a traineeship must have completed the first cycle of a higher education course (university education) and obtained a full degree or its equivalent by the closing date for applications.
  • The first university degree ( bachelor) must be attached for your application to be valid. Masters, PhD, language certificates etc, may be attached for information
  • candidates from Member States must have very good knowledge of at least two EU languages, of which one should be English;
  • candidates from candidate countries must have very good knowledge of at least English
  • Applicants are selected on the basis of qualifications and taking account of the operational priorities of Cedefop.

For the intake of 2020 Cedefop offers 12 traineeships in the following 12 projects. 

  • Press and News Service
  • Publications
  • Records Management and Archives
  • Restaurant
  • Cedefop performance measurement system
  • ICT Service
  • Early Leaving from Education and Training
  • VET supporting measures
  • Learning outcomes
  • VET Policy and Systems
  • European Company Survey
  • Skills Forecasting


To apply for the traineeship, you are advised to follow the following procedure. 

  • Applications must be accompanied by a scanned copy of the candidate’s first university degree and curriculum vitae in English.
  •  Documents issued in any of the official EU languages do not need a translation.
  • In the absence of a scanned copy of the university degree, an official statement from the university confirming the degree result and the completion of the bachelor studies must be attached.
  • Copies of degrees or certificates that do not bear an official stamp and/or signature will not be accepted.
  • Applications where either the university degree or the CV is missing will not be considered by Cedefop.
  • The total maximum number of documents that can be attached to our online application is 3 (including the university degree and CV).

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For more information, visit Cedefop Traineeship


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