ECDC traineeship programme

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) offers a traineeship programme targeted towards recent university graduates who are at the beginning of their professional careers. 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 the 2022 traineeships will be between a minimum of five months and a maximum of nine months. Successful candidates will have an education and background relevant 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 considered 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 degree must be provided with your application.

Trainees are expected to start between April and August 2022.

Call for applications

In 2022 ECDC is offering traineeship opportunities in the professional areas listed below. Applicants may submit one application only.

  • Communication
  • Executive Office
  • AMR and Healthcare-associated Infections  
  • Epidemic-Prone Diseases 
  • Digital Solutions
  • IT Operations
  • Surveillance
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response Support
  • Public Health Training
  • Corporate Services
  • Legal Services and Procurement
  • Eurosurveillance Editorial Office
  • Scientific Process and Methods

How to apply

Applications are accepted between 16 November and 14 December 12:00 (noon) CET 2021.

To apply please email a completed application form, in Word or PDF format, together with a copy of your degree award to The email subject line should be written as the professional area to which you are applying and your surname, e.g. “Epidemic-Prone Diseases - Surname”.

The application will be rejected if the form has not been completed in full, if you fail to attach proof of your awarded degree or if the email subject line is not written as instructed. No additional documents should be sent other than the documents specified above.

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.

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 2022.

Traineeship grant

ECDC pays a monthly grant (reviewed yearly) 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 2022 has not yet ben decided but will be communicated to selected candidates ahead of the interviews. For reference, the monthly 2021 traineeship grant was 1,528.05 EUR.

Tax arrangements

The traineeship programme does not entail an employment relation between the trainees and ECDC. Trainees receive a monthly grant from ECDC, but as ECDC is not the employer of the trainees, ECDC does not pay any social security contribution related to the traineeship. ECDC informs trainees that it is their responsibility to pay income taxes where due in accordance with their individual personal circumstances.

Frequently asked questions

When does the traineeship programme start?

Trainees are expected to start the programme between April and August 2022.

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

Yes, you are welcome to apply.

Can I get feedback on my application?

Due to the volume of applications received ECDC is only able to contact applicants 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 countries mentioned. 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 in the following training period.

Does ECDC provide any assistance in finding accommodation in Stockholm?

ECDC is unable to provide assistance and trainees are responsible for finding their own accommodation. ECDC can however provide you with practical advice when looking for accommodation (where to look, etc.)

Does ECDC provide health insurance?

All trainees are provided 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 prior to the start of the traineeship.

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.

Page last updated 9 Dec 2020