Study Bursaries from the Directorate General for Interpretation

Deadline: 16 September 2015
Open to: nationals of EU Member States and candidate countries (Macedonia, Iceland, Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey) who applied for a full Master in conference interpreting
Scholarship: 2400 € for EU nationals, 1600 € for candidate country nationals


The Directorate General for Interpretation (DG Interpretation – also known as SCIC) is the European Commission’s interpreting service and conference organizer. As part of the Commission’s commitment to transparency, Directors-General publish information on meetings held with organisations or self-employed individuals. DG Interpretation provides interpreters for some 11 000 meetings every year and is the largest interpreting service in the world. DG Interpretation manages the allocation of Commission meeting rooms and provides support for the smooth running of meetings in many languages that are held there. It also organises conferences for Directorates-General and departments of the Commission, typically in the range of over 40 main events per year. Its mission is therefore to make possible multilingual communication at the core of Community decision-making.


Applicants must fulfill 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 2015 – 2016 by a recognised university or university-level institution;
  • Have one of 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 bursary will consist of one single payment.

How to apply?

The deadline for application is 16 September 2015. Complete the inter-active application form 2015/2016 HERE 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 (please read carefully the instructions given in the footnotes on the form);
  • the legal entity form, duly signed and dated (please read carefully the instructions given in the footnotes on the form);
  • 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 more information please follow the official website.

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