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Erasmus+ traineeship scholarship

Take advantage of this opportunity to apply for a scholarship to do an internship in Europe

On this webpage you are able to find information about the different possibilities, eligibility requirements, eligible countries and more. Once you have gone through the information and made sure that you are eligible to apply, then you may continue to the application instructions that are available here.

There are different possibilities for you to apply for this scholarship:

1. As part of an internship course at Malmö University, where you spend your internship at a company or an organization in Europe. You are examined at Malmö University and as such the internship is credit-bearing. (Here you complete section 1 under table B in your learning agreement.)

2. Outside of your regular study programme at Malmö University. Your internship will upon your request be registered as a note in your Diploma Supplement, but you will not get the internship accredited as credit points. The internship takes place during your studies, while you are registered on your program (for example between semesters). (Here you complete section 2 under table B in your learning agreement.)

You may also apply for the scholarship to do an internship once your study program has finished as a so called 'recent graduate'. You must then apply for the scholarship whilst you are still an active and registered student. You have to do the internship in connection to your final semester and you have to carry out and complete your internship within one year of obtaining your degree. You may not apply for your degree before you apply for the scholarship but you must apply for your degree, and preferably have received your degree, before you start your internship. (Here you complete section 3 under table B in your learning agreement.)

3. In the context of a thesis. You are registered for thesis studies at Malmö University and examined in Malmö but conduct data collection, a field study or the like at a company or an organization in Europe. Your supervisor at Malmö University must approve the placement/data collection. (Here you complete section 1 under table B in your learning agreement.)

Please note that you cannot apply for this scholarship to do a thesis at one of Malmö University's partner universities, if you are then registered for a thesis course at the partner university. That is Erasmus+ exchange studies. 

How do I find an internship?

You have to find a suitable internship position before applying for the scholarship. You can contact a company or organisation in which you are interested. Large companies and organizations often advertise "Internships/Traineeships/Student Projects" on their websites. Our faculties/departments/schools may also have contacts through research collaborations, networks and exchange agreements.

The scholarship

The scholarship is intended to cover additional costs during the mobility period: it is not meant to represent comprehensive financing. You are expected to work full-time during the internship. The minimum period for an internship is two full months (60 days) and the maximum period is six months with a possibility to an extended scholarship if funds are available. The scholarship amount varies from year to year. The scholarship is calculated based on a daily rate which is the same for all students going from Swedish universities. In the first instalment, which is paid at the beginning of your internship, you will receive 70% of the scholarship. Once you have completed your internship, you must submit a ‘Trainee Certificate’ to confirm the internship dates, and write an internship report. Then you get the remaining 30% of the scholarship. 

Scholarship amounts 2019/20:



National level of grant from Sweden (€/month) (30 days) 

National level of grant from Sweden (€/day)

Group 1
Programme countries with higher living costs

Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, United Kingdom*




Group 2
Programme countries with medium/lower living costs

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia ,Czech Republic, Cyprus, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, North Macedonia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Serbia, Turkey



Internship in Germany for 90 days. 90 x €19,80 = €1782
Internship in Norway for 90 days. 90 x €21,80 = €1962                                      

*The United Kingdom's future participation in the Erasmus+ programme is unclear due to Brexit. If the UK exits the EU without a deal it could be that no traineeship scholarship are possible for traineeships in the UK.

The following overseas countries and territories are also possible: Anguilla (UK), Aruba (NL), Bermuda (UK), Bonaire (NL), British Antarctic Territory (UK), British Indian Ocean Territory (UK), British Virgin Islands (UK), Cayman Islands (UK), Curação (NL), Falkland Islands (UK), French Polynesia (FR), French Southern -and Antarctic Territories (FR), Greenland (DK), Montserrat (UK), New Caledonia and Dependencies (FR), Pitcairn (UK), Saba (NL), Saint Barthelemy (FR), Sint Eustatius (NL), Sint Maarten (NL), South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands (UK), Saint Helena, Ascension Island, Tristan da Cunha (UK), St. Pierre and Miquelon (FR), Turks and Caicos Islands (UK), Wallis and Futuna Islands (FR).

Eligibility requirements:

  • At the time of application, you have to be an active, registered student at Malmö University
  • The internship period must be minimum two months (60 days)
  • You must be able to include the internship towards your degree or be able to have the internship approved by Malmö University i.e. in your Diploma Supplement (not for 'recent graduates')
  • You may not have applied for your degree at the time of application
  • The internship must take place in an Erasmus+ approved country
  • You must have your place of residence in the country where the internship takes place. This includes internships in Denmark.
  • The internship must be carried out in a country different from the country where the student is studying or has his/her accommodation during his/her studies.
  • Priority is given to students who have completed at least one year of studies (60 credits) at Malmö University
  • Students who study independent courses only without the intention of obtaining a degree from Malmö University do not qualify for Erasmus+ mobility; neither exchange studies nor traineeship.

To be eligible, students must also accept the following upon completion of the internship:

  • To complete an online evaluation
  • To submit a Traineeship Certificate directly after completed internship
  • To undertake two online language tests: one before and one after the internship period. 
  • To actively take part in information meetings etc.

Please note that the number of scholarships is limited.

Questions and answers Erasmus+ Traineeship Scholarship

How do I find an internship? 

There are many different ways to find a traineeship opportunity. For example, you can look here:

  • ErasmusIntern: created and run by ESN Europe
  • Future Finder: the career portal for students at Malmö University.
  • JOE+ : database for internships in Europe

Your faculty/department/school might also have contacts through research collaborations, networks and exchange agreements.

What is the minimum and maximum timeframe for Erasmus+ traineeships? 

The minimum period for an internship is two full months (60 days) and the maximum period is six months with a possibility to an extended scholarship if funds are available. The internship must take place at the same internship provider. However, it is possible that certain parts of the internship take place in different places if the internship organisation is established in multiple locations (either in the same or in different countries). If the internship is carried out in several locations, the minimum period of stay in each location is two months and the periods must follow each other directly (holiday and semester breaks between semesters do not count as breaks in this context). 

What countries are approved?

Switzerland is currently not part of the Erasmus+ programme and is thus not an eligible country for the scholarship.

If I am not a Swedish Citizen, can I still apply for the Erasmus+ Scholarship?

Yes, there are no specific requirements of citizenship or residence permit.

I am not a Swedish citizen; can I apply for the scholarship for an internship in my home country?

A student whose domicile is another participating Erasmus+ country, but who is currently studying in Sweden can be awarded a scholarship for an Erasmus+ Traineeship in their home country but the application will then be given low priority in the assessment of applications. The domicile in this context means the country from which the student moved to Sweden just before he / she began their studies. The resident does not mean the country where the student had their ethnic roots if the student lived in Sweden before the studies. 

May I apply for a scholarship for an internship in Sweden?
The Erasmus+ traineeship scholarship is for traineeships abroad. As such, students at Malmö University are not able to apply for a scholarship for traineeships in Sweden.

I live in Denmark and commute to my studies in Malmö. May I apply for a scholarship for an internship in Denmark?
No, the internship must be carried out in a country different from the country where the student is studying or has his/her accommodation during his/her studies.

Do I have to live in the country where I do my internship?

Yes, during the internship period you must be resident in the country where the internship takes place. This applies even if you do an internship in Denmark.

What companies are approved for Erasmus+ Traineeships?

  • All entities engaged in economic activities within the public or private sector, regardless of their size, legal status or the economic sector within which they operate, including the social sector e.g. NGOs and UN organs.
  • The scholarship is eligible for internships at diplomatic representations (embassies, consulates and permanent representations).

There are a few organisations that are not approved for the Erasmus+ Traineeship Scholarship:

  • EU institutions and other EU agencies, see the link. (The political parties’ secretariats at the EU parliament do not count as part of the EU parliament, and are therefore eligible hosts). 
  • Organisations dealing with EU programmes, for example national offices like the Swedish Council for Higher Education or international secretariats at universities (this is to avoid possible conflicts of interest and/or double financing).
  • Universities that are mainly financed by EU funds, for example European University Institute (Italy) and College of Europe (Belgium and Poland).

Can I get the scholarship for an internship at a university abroad?

It is possible, but then it must be clear and not possible to misinterpret that this is in fact an internship and not studies. The following conditions apply:  

  • The student will do an internship and not studies
  • The student will be "employed" as an intern at the host university and not enrolled as a student. If the student is enrolled in courses at the host university it is considered to be a period of study.
  • If the internship is credited it shall be counted as an internship and not as "normal" course of study

It is possible to go within the Erasmus+ programme several times?

It is possible to go on exchange/traineeship several times within the Erasmus+ programme. You can participate in mobility (exchange and traineeship) a maximum of 12 months at each study level. Thus, you can go as many times as you like during your studies as long as you do not exceed the 12 months total per level. (12 months for the bachelor level, 12 months for master level, 12 months for PhD level).

Double funding

It is not allowed to receive more than one scholarship from the EU or the the Swedish Council for Higher Education (UHR) for the same mobility period. For example, it is not allowed for a student to receive Sida's travel grant for the same training period as he / she receives an Erasmus scholarship. It is possible for the student to receive a smaller remuneration from the internship organisation, in which case the student may not be prioritized in a selection process.

How much is the scholarship?

The scholarship is a grant that will cover additional costs of mobility; it is not comprehensive. Rather, it is intended as a contribution to the costs that may arise in connection with the period abroad, such as travel and accommodation. The scholarship amount varies from year to year. The scholarship is calculated based on a daily rate, which is the same for all students going from Swedish universities. .

How is the scholarship paid?

It is paid in two parts. 70% of the scholarship is paid once all the contracts are returned the Malmö University and signed by all parties. The remaining 30% are paid upon completion of the traineeship, once the student has completed an evaluation, completed the online language tests and has submitted their ‘Traineeship Certificate’ to the International Office. 

Within what subject areas can I do an internship and still receive the scholarship?

There are no restrictions regarding this. The scholarship is not connected to a certain subject area. All students who fulfil the criteria can apply for the scholarship.

Does the internship have to be accounted towards my degree?

The internship must be accounted towards your degree at Malmö University and must either be given points/credits for or at least be recognized as a note in the Diploma Supplement (not for 'recent graduates'). If the internship is accounted towards your degree, it is usually as a part of an internship semester, which gives credit points towards your degree. If the internship is simply recognized in your degree, it means that it will be part of your Diploma Supplement. The student shall not have applied for their degree before applying for the Erasmus+ scholarship.

NB: In order for the internship to be mentioned in your Diploma Supplement you have to inform the Degree Office that you wish the information to be included. You do this once you apply for your degree from Malmö University.

Can I extend my internship?

An extension of a mobility period can be approved between the home institution and the organisation/company if the following criteria are met:

  • The extension is governed by the agreement. These must be signed before the original internship period has ended. A request to extend the internship should preferably be submitted at least one month before end of the mobility period.
  • The extension comes right after the ongoing mobility period. No breaks are permitted (holiday and semester break between semesters is not counted as a study break).
  • The actual mobility dates must be reflected in the host organization's documentation for mobility, such as transcripts, traineeship certificates, etc. The start date should be the first day the student needed to be present at the organisation/company and the end date shall be the last day the student needed to be present at the organisation/company.

Language Test

As part of Erasmus+, all students who are granted a scholarship must do two online language tests in the main language used during the internship. Students who undertake their internship in their mothertongue are exempted from doing the language tests.
The first test is done before the internship, and the second is done in connection with/after the internship period. The tests are mandatory and must be carried out in order to receive the scholarship. The test results will not affect your scholarship level.

Academic recognition 

Students who study independent courses only without the intention of obtaining a degree from Malmö University, do not qualify for Erasmus mobility (exchange studies or traineeship). 

Am I insured during the internship? 

Students who are registered on an internship or thesis course in LADOK are subject to Kammarkollegiet's insurance Student UT. Students who intend to only include the internship as a note in the Diploma Supplement will be subject to a separate Student UT-insurance from Kammarkollegiet. 

Student UT information

What happens if I shorten/cancel my internship or return early? 

If the student does not complete the entire internship period, all or part of the Erasmus+ scholarship may be claimed back by the university. If the actual period is shorter than the period you specified in the scholarship application you may be required to repay the excess. It will be adjusted once you have submitted the Traineeship Certificate which your supervisor at your intersnhip organisation/ must sign at the end of the internship.

If you return home before two internship months have passed, you will be liable to repay the whole scholarship amount. 

How quickly will I receive the money?

Assuming you have submitted a complete application with the correct data, your first payment will take place in connection with the start of your internship. We cannot say exactly when the money will arrive as different banks handle the transfers differently.

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