EU Agency For Fundamental Rights Traineeships, Austria

Deadline: 17 February 2012
Open to: Graduates from EU Member States and EU candidate and potential candidate countries with good knowledge of English.
Costs: Monthly grant of 1000 EUR

Twice a year, the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) offers paid traineeships for periods of three to five months to young graduates. It aims at providing trainees with work experience in the administration of co-operation in the field of fundamental rights at the European level in order to gain an insight into FRA’s objectives and activities, and to put their learning into practice.

The aims of the traineeships are:

  • to provide an understanding of the objectives and activities of FRA
  • to enable trainees to acquire practical experience and knowledge of the day-to-day work of FRA Units and services
  • to enable trainees to put into practice knowledge acquired during their studies, or professional careers

FRA through its traineeships scheme benefits from the input of young enthusiastic graduates, who can give a fresh point of view and up-to-date academic knowledge, which will enhance the everyday work of FRA.

Every year the Director shall decide the number of traineeships to be offered in each Department, depending on the needs of the Agency, the funds available and the capacity of each Department to accommodate trainees.


Trainees are selected from nationals of the Member States of the European Union and EU candidate and potential candidate countries.

University Diploma
Candidates must have completed the first cycle of a higher education course (i.e. university education) and obtained a full degree or its equivalent by the closing date for applications.

In order for the trainee to fully profit from the traineeship and to be able to follow meetings and perform adequately:

  • Candidates from Member States must have very good knowledge of at least two Community languages, including English.
  • Candidates from pre-accession EU countries must have very good knowledge of English.


Trainees are awarded a monthly grant of EUR 1000. Recruited trainees will get travel expenses reimbursed at the beginning and the end of the traineeship. Disabled trainees may receive a supplement to their grant up to their grant equal to a maximum of 50% of the amount of the grant.


FRA offers traineeships twice a year: one from 1 April to 30 September and a second one from 1 October to 31 March of the following year. The applications for the next traineeship period 1 April – 30 September will be open from 16 October to 15 November 2011.

Prepare your CV in Europass format (other formats will not be considered). This document should be attached to the “Online Application form” accessible from the recruitment page; Complete the FRA online application only for one traineeship period of your choice clearly indicating the department.

Important notice
You can choose for which traineeship period you would like apply. You can apply ONLY for one traineeship period and one Department. Candidates applying for more than one traineeship period will be automatically rejected.

For further information on how to apply, please refer to the general Application Instructions.

If you experience any technical problem with their website, please send an e-mail to the following address

The Official Webpage

10 thoughts on “EU Agency For Fundamental Rights Traineeships, Austria

  1. Are you sure that this internship is open for nationalities of "potential candidate countries." I am Serbian, I guess this provision includes Serbian citizens as well?

    I was searching around for their website, and provisions are a bit different than mentioned in this CFA.

    1. Dear Katarina,

      It refers to a Bachelor degree, since it is stated that the candidates should have completed their fist cycle of higher education. A full diploma probably means that the candidate should have graduated by the deadline for applications.

      Kind regards,

  2. Hello,

    when does the application period start?
    On the official webpage of the FRA it is still not possible to apply online.

    And here it says that it opens on October 16th. Do you have any information?

    Thanks in advance!

  3. Hello,

    I can't find the option to apply on the web site.

    On the official webpage of FRA it is still not possible to apply online. It is written that the period has expired and there are no vacancies.



    1. Yes, we have posted that information on 15 September and I suppose that the deadlines provided by the institution were as we have written in the post. However, as you can see on the official webpage of the Agency, they have stated that – Dates may be subject to change! I guess that is what happened. Please contact the Agency for information about the next call etc.

      Kind regards,

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