27 March 2018

Traineeship Programme 2018-2019


This traineeship scheme is addressed mainly to recent university graduates, without excluding those who – in the framework of life-long learning – are at the beginning of a new professional career.

Open until :

03/05/2018 11:00
Previous closing date:
30/04/2018 11:00
Opening Date
27/03/2018 14:00

*** Please note that this call for applicants for the FRA Traineeship Programme 2018-2019 is now CLOSED ***

** Due to technical issues with the servers, the deadline for applications was extended from 30.04.2018 at 13:00 to 03.05.2018 at 13:00. **

This type of traineeship is offered to graduates who have completed at least 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.

Trainees are selected from nationals of the Member States of the European Union (28) and EU candidate (Albania, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey) and potential candidate (Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo*) countries.

Trainees are requested to have a very good knowledge of English and another EU language. Traineeship places are offered in the following FRA Departments and sectors:

For detailed information about the eligibility criteria as well as the rights and duties of the trainees, please consult our Rules governing the traineeship programme at the FRA and the FAQ. We recommend you read them carefully before submitting your application.

The FRA is an equal opportunities employer and ensures that its recruitment procedures do not discriminate on any ground such as sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Within the scope of application of the Treaty establishing the European Community and of the Treaty on the European Union, and without prejudice to the special provisions of those Treaties, any discrimination on grounds of nationality shall be prohibited.

FRA encourages candidates with disabilities to apply. If you consider yourself to have a physical, mental, intellectual or sensory disability please tick the appropriate box on the on-line application form and indicate any adjustments or arrangements needed in relation to your disability.

How to apply?

  1. Prepare your CV in Europass format (other formats will not be considered). This document should be attached to the online application form;
  2. Complete one of the FRA online application forms for the department of your choice clearly indicating the Sector(s) of your choice and your motivation to apply:
  • Director’s office (TRAI-2018-DIR);
  • Corporate Services (TRAI-2018-CS);
  • Equality and Citizens’ Rights (TRAI-2018-ECR);
  • Freedoms and Justice (TRAI-2018-FJ);
  • Fundamental Rights Promotion (TRAI-2018-FRPD).

You can apply for only one of the FRA departments, including the Director’s office. Candidates applying for more than one department will be automatically rejected.

Applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria or are incorrectly submitted will be rejected. FRA will not return applications to candidates.

For further information on how to apply, please refer to the general application instructions.

No employment of any form can be offered following the end of the traineeship period unless through a recruitment procedure against a vacancy notice published on the FRA website.

Deadline for applications

The original deadline for applications was 30 April 2018, at 13:00 (Vienna local time). This was extended to 03.05.2018 at 13:00.

Indicative timing

The FRA offers 9 month paid traineehips starting on 1st October 2018. Further to this main period, there will be very few posts for a traineeship starting 1st March 2019 and lasting until 31st September 2019.

Procedure Timing

Deadline for receipt of applications

30 April 2018 at 13:00 Vienna local time - extended to 3 May 2018 at 13:00.

Screening of applications

April - June

Telephone contact with shortlisted candidates


Offer issued


Due to the great number of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted by e-mail. Any information about the closure of the selection and the award of the traineehips will be posted on the present page.

Learn more?

Applicants who require further information or wish to access or rectify data can contact us by e-mail, clearly indicating their application number, to: recruitment@fra.europa.eu

Data protection

The processing of personal data by the FRA is governed by Regulation (EC) N° 45/2001. By submitting an application for an traineeship, the applicant is understood, in the sense of Article 5 (d) of the Regulation, to have given his/her consent to the processing of the personal data contained in the application form and the supporting documents enclosed therewith. The provision of information requested in the application form and the supporting documents is obligatory. Incomplete applications will be excluded from the selection. The personal data in question is collected by the FRA for the sole purpose of the selection of trainees.

*This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.