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 2019 is between a minimum of five months and a maximum of nine months.


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.

How to apply

The call for applications 2019 is now closed and trainees have been selected. The call for applications for the traineeship programme 2020 will be published in December 2019.

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

Please refer to the traineeship guidelines document for further information.


Guidelines for the ECDC traineeship programme

Policy -

Reserve list

A reserve list of candidates may be drawn up by ECDC following the interviews should additional traineeship opportunities arise. The reserve list will be valid until 31 December 2019.

Traineeship grant

ECDC pays a monthly traineeship grant of 1.460,15 Euros and pays a travel allowance to compensate the expenses incurred at the beginning and end of the traineeship from the place of residence. The amount of this 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.

Frequently asked questions

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?

I'm afraid 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 and 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 prior to starting.

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 21 Dec 2018