ECDC traineeship programme

Corporate information

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) offers a traineeship programme targeted towards recent university graduates who are at the beginning of a new professional career. The purpose of the programme is to provide trainees with an understanding of the Centre and its role within the activities of the European Union while also providing an opportunity to acquire practical knowledge and professional experience.

The duration of traineeships 2020 is between a minimum of five months and a maximum of nine months.  Successful candidates will have an education and background relating to the activities of ECDC.


The ECDC traineeship programme is open to nationals of the Member States of the European Union, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein.

In order to be eligible candidates must have:

  • Nationality/citizenship of an EU member state, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein.
  • Completed their studies and been awarded a full university degree by the closing date for applications.
  • A very good command of English (the language of day-to-day operations at ECDC). Knowledge of additional EU languages is an asset.
  • Not benefited from any previous traineeship or employment (formal or informal, paid or unpaid) within any EU institution, agency, body or delegation.

Kindly note that you must have completed and have been awarded a university degree; proof of this award must be provided with your application.

Please, be informed that trainees are expected to start the programme between March and June 2020. If your situation doesn’t allow you to start at the latest in June 2020, you are welcome to send an application next year.

Call for applications

In 2020 ECDC is offering traineeship opportunities in the professional areas listed below. Applicants may submit one application only. 

  • Public Procurement 
  • Public Health Training  
  • Infectious Disease Surveillance
  • Public Health Emergency and Response
  • Information and Communication Technologies
  • Vulnerable, Populations and Infectious Disease Epidemiology - Prevention and Control
  • Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare Associated Infections
  • Public Administration, Organisational Management
  • European Cooperation and International Relations
  • Eurosurveillance - Editorial Office
  • Scientific Quality Standards, Statistical Analysis and Mathematical Modelling

How to apply

Applications are accepted from 8 November to 8 December 2019, 23.59 CET

To apply, please email a completed application form, in Word or PDF format, together with a copy of your degree award to

Please state the professional area for which you are applying and your last name in the subject line, e.g.  ‘Public Health training – Surname’

The application will be rejected if the form has not been completed in full or if you fail to attach proof of your awarded degree. Any false statement or omission, even if unintended, may lead to a cancellation of the application or termination of the traineeship. 

Please note that ECDC is unable to respond to individual requests for information.

Frequently asked questions

When does the traineeship programme start?

Trainees are expected to start the programme between March and June 2020.

I applied last year but was unsuccessful, can I apply again this year?

Yes, we would welcome your candidature again.

Can I get feedback on my application?

Due to the volume of applications we receive and our limited resources, ECDC is only able to contact those candidates who are invited to an interview.

I am not a national of an EU Member State, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, but I have a residence permit in one of these countries, can I apply?

To be considered eligible you must be a national or citizen of one of the above mentioned countries. Holding a residence permit is not sufficient enough.

Can medical students apply for a traineeship?

Unfortunately not. To be considered eligible you must have completed your studies and been awarded a full university degree.

What can I do if my application has been rejected?

Please note that the decision of ECDC to reject an application is final and binding and there is no appeal procedure. If an application is unsuccessful, a candidate may re-apply for a subsequent training period.

Does ECDC provide any assistance in finding accommodation in Stockholm?

No, we are unable to provide assistance. Trainees are responsible for finding their own accommodation. We can however provide you with practical advice when looking for accommodation (where to look, etc.)

Does ECDC provide health insurance?

We provide all trainees with accident insurance. However, trainees must take out valid health insurance valid in Sweden, prior to the start of their traineeship. Proof of this insurance will be requested before the traineeship starts.

Reserve list

A reserve list of candidates may be drawn up by ECDC following the interviews and used should additional traineeship opportunities arise. It will be valid until 31 December 2020.

Traineeship grant

ECDC pays a monthly grant (yearly reviewed) and a travel allowance to compensate the expenses incurred at the beginning and at the end of the traineeship from the place of residence.

The amount of the traineeship grant is decided by ECDC on a yearly basis. The revised amount will apply from the 1 January of the concerned year. Please note that this review can result in an increase or decrease of the traineeship grant amount.

The exact traineeship grant amount for 2020 is not yet know but will be communicated to selected candidates ahead of the interviews. For reference, the monthly 2019 traineeship grant was 1,460.15 EUR

Equal opportunities

ECDC applies equal opportunities and accepts applications without distinction on the grounds of age, race, political, philosophical or religious conviction, sex or sexual orientation and regardless of disabilities, marital status or family situation.

Privacy statement

Privacy statement applicable to recruitment of ECDC trainees

ECDC processes the personal data collected in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2018/1725. The purpose of the processing is to select trainees for the official traineeships scheme of ECDC.

Page last updated 8 Nov 2019