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Trainees who fall ill must inform their supervisor immediately and forward a medical certificate to the medical service if they are absent for more than three calendar days. The medical service will inform the competent department.

Paid traineeships are awarded solely to graduates of universities or equivalent institutions. Their purpose is to enable trainees to supplement the knowledge which they acquired during their studies and to familiarise themselves with the activities of the European Union and, in particular, the European Parliament.

Paid traineeships cover:

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    Robert Schuman scholarships, general option

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    Robert Schuman scholarships, journalism option.

  • 1.

    Applicants for a paid traineeship must:

    • (a)

      have obtained, before the deadline for applications, a university degree after a course of

study of at least three years’ duration;


submit a written reference from a university lecturer or from a professional person

who is able to give an objective assessment of the applicant’s aptitudes.


Applicants for Robert Schuman scholarships, general option, must also demonstrate that

they have produced a substantial written paper, as part of the requirements for a university

degree or for a scientific journal.

One of these scholarships, known as the ‘Chris Piening Fellowship1’, may be awarded to a candidate whose paper was concerned particularly with relations between the European Union and the United States.

1 Chris Piening was a European Parliament official who died in 2001; he organised the first meetings between the European Parliament and the American Congress.


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