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Council’s Positive action programme for trainees with a disability

The General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union offers 4-6 paid traineeship a year in different domains reserved for trainees with a disability.

Who can apply: 

These traineeships are reserved for graduates and third, fourth or fifth year university students of EU nationality with a recognized disability. 

Duration: 5 months

Paid: Yes. 1.340,47 € per month, reimbursement of travel allowance and GSC restaurant reduction card. Upon presentation of proper justification, trainees with disabilities may receive a supplementary amount up to half of the traineeship grant.

Starting Dates:

  • 16 February (application period around August / September - check at that moment for final dates).
  • 1 September (application period around February/March - check at that moment for final dates).

Location: Brussels.

For further information and to apply please consult the Council's website.

Discover the testimonies of trainees who have participated in this action programme.


European Parliament’s Positive Action for Persons with Disabilities

Every year in the first three months, the European Parliament runs a positive action selection procedure specifically for people with disabilities to gain a first working experience at the EP. The procedure is open to all profiles and backgrounds for people with a long-term disability equal or greater than 20%.

When the selection procedure opens, apply by sending your application to following the instructions and using the procedure available.

Location: Brussels, Luxembourg


European Parliament's Positive Action Scheme for trainees with disabilities

The inclusion of persons with disabilities is a priority of the European Parliament. In addition to the possibility of being recruited under the general selection procedure for Schuman trainees, persons with disabilities now have a greater opportunity to take part via the Positive Action Scheme for trainees with disabilities. Persons who have a long-term physical, mental, intellectual or sensory impairment of at least 20% can apply to this programme. Shortlisted candidates from the Positive Action Scheme who meet the general eligibility criteria for a Schuman traineeship may receive an offer for a traineeship, once the European Parliament’s Medical Service confirms that they have a disability as described above. Successful candidates may receive an additional payment of up to 50% of the Schuman trainees’ monthly grant, to compensate for additional costs incurred.

Reasonable accommodation may be provided to trainees with disabilities in relation to the essential functions of their job. Appropriate measures where needed will be taken in order to enable a person with a disability to have access to, participate in, or advance in employment, or to undergo training.

When the selection procedure opens, apply via the following portal:

Locations: Brussels, Luxembourg, Strasbourg or the European Parliament Liaison Offices.