Traineeship in the Directorate General for Interpretation

Deadline: 16 September 2014
Open to: nationals of EU Member States and candidate countries who applied for a full Master in Conference Interpreting
Scholarship: 2,400 € EU nationals, 1,600 € candidate-country nationals


The Directorate General for Interpretation (DG Interpretation – also known as SCIC) is the European Commission’s interpreting service and conference organiser. DG Interpretation provides interpreters for some 11.000 meetings every year and is the largest interpreting service in the world.

As a provider of an inter-institutional service, DG Interpretation’s mission is to ensure that a sufficient number of qualified conference interpreters are available to enable the Union institutions to function properly. The aim of the bursaries is to facilitate access for interpreting students to high-level courses. A wider range of applicants will allow universities to improve the quality of the students admitted and their rate of success in their university examinations and in the selection and recruitment tests and competitions of the European Union, thereby improving the interpreting resources available to the Union institutions.


Applicants must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Be a national of the EU Member States or candidate countries (Macedonia, Iceland, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey);
  • Be in possession of a university degree or equivalent qualification or be in the final year of a course leading to a university degree or equivalent qualification;
  • Have applied or intend to apply for a full Master/postgraduate course in conference interpreting offered for the year 2014/2015 by a recognised university or university-level institution;
  • Have the following language combinations:

1. Excellent command of your active language, and a very good passive knowledge of

a) at least one of the languages Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish and
b) of one or more of the following languages: Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Estonian, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Irish, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Slovene, Swedish or of the language of a candidate country (Icelandic, Macedonian, Montenegrin, Serbian and Turkish);

2. Excellent command of two languages (to mother tongue level) of which one is a language mentioned under 1.a above and the other one of the languages mentioned under 1.b;

3. Excellent command of your active language and a perfect understanding of at least two of the languages mentioned under 1.a.


The amount of the bursary will be:

  • 2.400 € for those studying in a member state;
  • 1.600 € for those studying in a candidate country / non Member State.


The dealine for applications is 16 September 2014. Complete the inter-active application form and upload all the documents listed below:

  • a copy of your passport or identity card (front and back);
  • a detailed CV, in French, German or English, listing all your qualifications. The use of the europass template is compulsory;
  • a short motivation letter (between 250 and 500 words), written in your mother tongue;
  • the university admission certificate;
  • the form related to your bank details , duly signed and dated (together with a copy of a bank account statement if the bank form is not signed and stamped by the bank);
  • the legal entity paper, duly signed and dated (VAT number is not required for bursaries);
  • a copy of your last university degree.

The originals of the university admission certificate, the bank details form and the legal entity paper should be kept by the applicant and sent to DG Interpretation upon first request.

For further information please visit the official website.

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