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Both bachelor and master students can do an internship or research project abroad during their studies. The extent to which this is possible depends on the programme. Are you going to do an internship or research at a research institute or university within Europe? Then you can apply for the Erasmus+ Grant and for the Amsterdam University Fund. Are you going to do an internship or research at a research institute or university outside Europe? Then you can apply for the Amsterdam University Fund.

Internship or research project within Europe: Erasmus+ Traineeship Grant 

Students who will be doing a traineeship (internship or research project) within Europe are in many cases eligible for an Erasmus+ Traineeship Grant as a contribution to the additional living and travel costs. The general grant amount is determined by the European Commission and the Dutch national agency, the Nuffic, and is linked to the country of destination. 

For more information about grant amounts and participating European countries please visit the UvA Erasmus+ website.

Conditions

You will be doing a traineeship as part of your UvA curriculum:

  • You will remain enrolled at the UvA;
  • Your activities abroad must be part of your study and you must receive credits for them;
  • You will stay abroad for your study for a minimum of 2 months;
  • The traineeship abroad will be full time (usually 36-40 hours per week);
  • The destination country must hold a positive travel advice (Source Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs);
  • The institute where you will be conducting research is prepared to sign a Learning Agreement for Traineeships (see for example below).

You can also apply for an Erasmus+ Trainseeship Grant if you will be doing a traineeship after graduation at UvA, if you meet the following conditions:

  • You must apply for the grant before your graduation date and while still enrolled at the UvA;
  • Your traineeship must take place within one year of graduation from the UvA for a bachelor or master programme;
  • You will stay abroad for your study for a minimum of 2 months;
  • The internship/research abroad will be full time (usually 36-40 hours per week);
  • The institute where you will be conducting research is prepared to sign a Learning Agreement for Traineeships (see for example below).
  • (Please note you will not receive any EC's for your traineeship abroad as you will not be registered at the UvA anymore.)

The following is also important to consider:

  •  You can apply for an Erasmus+ grant for studies/traineeships for a maximum of 12 months during/after your bachelor and a maximum of 12 months during/after your master.

Traineeships starting during semester 1, 2020-2021 must meet additional criteria. For more information see www.uva.nl/coronavirus > Travel. 

Deadline

The deadline is one month before the traineeship starts.

Please note that during the course of the academic year the chances of an Erasmus grant may decrease as we work  according to the first come, first serve principle. It is therefore wise to submit your application as early as possible. 

Applying

You can only apply after you have arranged a traineeship abroad and the institute/company where you will be doing your traineeship is prepared to sign a Learning Agreement for Traineeships beforehand. To find out if the institute/company you are planning to go to is willing to do this, you can use the example of the Learning Agreement for Traineeships.

The application procedure starts with filling out an online application form (see link below). When filling out this form you will need to upload an approval of the Examinations Board or study programme that you are permitted to do the relevant study component abroad. If you do not yet have this approval, you can fill out the form now and email the approval later to the email address indicated below.

After this, the procedure is as follows:

  • After submitting your application, you will receive the latest version of the Learning Agreement for Traineeships, which has to be filled out and signed by you, the Faculty of Science Study Abroad Officer and your supervisor abroad.
  • Additionally you will receive the Erasmus+ Grant Agreement (contract). The contract will be sent to you by the UvA Central Erasmus Office. You will be informed of all of this in due time, once you have applied.

Upon your return

  • At the end of your stay abroad, you need to have the last part of the Learning Agreement for Traineeships ('after mobility' part) filled out by your supervisor abroad. This document needs to be handed in at the UvA Central Erasmus Office within two weeks after the end of your period abroad.
  • You are required submit a report on your stay abroad with the UvA Central Erasmus Office. The UvA Central Erasmus Office will inform you about this report.

Brexit

Brexit may have an impact on the participation of British universities and institutions in the Erasmus programme. This means that although an internship/project will remain possible, obtaining an Erasmus grant for an internship/project to the United Kingdom cannot be guaranteed. 

For more information and updates please visit uva.nl/brexit en European Commission - Brexit & Erasmus

Internship or research project outside Europe

If you will be doing an internship or research project outside Europe, you can apply for a (travel) grant from the Amsterdam University Fund. For more information on the requirements for applicaiton and the deadlines of the Amsterdam University Fund use the link below.

Study Abroad Office Faculty of Science 

Selma Kujundzic & Irene Verkist Perez

If one of the above-mentioned steps is unclear or you have other questions, you can contact the Faculty of Science Study Abroad Office.

Visiting address: Science Park 904, 1098 XH Amsterdam
Postal address: P.O. Box 94214, 1090 GE Amsterdam

Open office hours: Thursday from 10:00-12:00 and 13:00-15:00. You can ask for us at the Education Student Desk at Science Park 904. Appointments for another date or time can be made through e-mail.