Jean Monnet Actions

The Jean Monnet Actions aim at promoting excellence in teaching and research in the field of European Union studies worldwide. These Actions also aim at fostering dialogue between the academic world and policymakers, in particular with the aim of enhancing governance of EU policies.

European Union studies comprise the study of Europe in its entirety with particular emphasis on the European integration process in both its internal and external aspects. The discipline also covers the role of the EU in a globalized world and in promoting an active European citizenship and dialogue between people and cultures. Jean Monnet Activities also strive to function as vector of public diplomacy towards third countries, promoting EU values and enhancing the visibility of what the European Union stands for and what it intends to achieve.

What types of organisations are eligible to participate in the project?

Independent higher education institution (HEI) established in any country of the world. HEIs established in Erasmus+ Programme* Countries must hold a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE). An ECHE is not required for participating HEIs in Partner** Countries.

*Programme Countries are members of the EU, as well as Serbia, Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein, North Macedonia and Turkey.

**Partner Countries are all other countries of the world.

Who can apply?


Independent HEIs established in any country of the world can apply for Jean Monnet Actions. Individuals cannot apply directly for a grant.

Are there any limitations regarding the scope of scientific areas that Jean Monnet Actions need to adhere?


The Erasmus+ Programme does not prescribe restrictions regarding the scientific areas to which project applications should be directed, as long as there is a European dimension in terms of the project objectives. In other words, the scope of EU studies can be varied so long as the EU angle is explored.

What types of Jean Monnet Actions exist in the field of higher education?


Jean Monnet projects in the field of higher education support the following:

A Jean Monnet Module is a short teaching programme (or course) in the field of European Union studies at a higher education institution. Each Module has a minimum duration of 40 teaching hours per academic year. The Jean Monnet Module anchors and mainstreams teaching on EU matters in curricula which so far have included EU related content only to a limited extent.

A Jean Monnet Chair is a teaching post with a specialization in European Union studies for university professors for a duration of three years. A Jean Monnet Chair must be held by only one professor, who must provide the minimum of 90 teaching hours per academic year. 

A Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence gathers the expertise and competences of high-level experts and aims at developing synergies between the various disciplines and resources in European studies, as well as at creating joint transnational activities and structural links with academic institutions in other countries.

Are there Jean Monnet projects that are intended for other areas of education and training?

One of the novelties within the new Erasmus + Programme are Jean Monnet projects intended for other areas of education and training, apart from the field of higher education. There are two types of Jean Monnet projects, intended for other areas of education and training:

  • Jean Monnet Teacher Trainings.
  • Jean Monnet Networks.

More information about these types of Jean Monnet projects can be found on this page.

What is the duration of Jean Monnet projects in the field of higher education?

The duration of Jean Monnet projects in the field of higher education (Modules, Chairs, Centres of Excellence) is three years.

Where to apply?

To the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) in Brussels.

When to apply?

Information on the deadline for submitting project applications within the current Call for proposals can be found on our page Calendar of Calls.

More information about the Jean Monnet Actions can be found in the Erasmus+ Programme Guide, on the website of the European Commission.

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