FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: What is the duration of the ELP Fellowship?
There are two traineeship periods per year lasting for 5 months:
1 March to 31 July
1 October to 28 February
Q: What are the important application and other dates and deadlines?
A: For March and October semesters/editions, respectively, the important dates are the following:
- Registration opens: end of November; mid-May
- Registration closes: early January; early August
- Interviews: late January; late August
- Notifications sent by: earliest February; early September
- Concluding conference: end of June; mid-February
Q: Is there an age limit for applying?
A: This is a programme dedicated for young professionals who would come to Brussels for the first time, or are in town for less than a year. As a post-graduate looking for new challenges, you are welcome to apply under age 35.
Q: What is the financial cost of the ELP traineeship?
A: The tuition is 13.500 euro, however we are offering full tuition waivers as well. Please do not forget to mention on the application sheet if you wish to run for the tuition waiver.
Q: How much will I have to calculate as costs for the 5 month period?
A: If you get a tuition waiver, you still have to pay the rent of the room in the ELP house which is 500 euro a month. However, as traineeship is mandatory parallel to the programme, you will be earning a traineeship fee all over the 5 month period. It may vary in Brussels, we are trying to match all traineeship fees to equal 1200 euro a month, provided that we have the necessary funds.
Q: Can I have a scholarship for ELP?
A: There is no such thing as a scholarship. If you get a tuition waiver and a position as a trainee, it means that you have a monthly income of approx. 1200 EUR / month. As you are a trainee during the 5 month period, you will necessarily have income, and we are trying our best in all case to match it to reach 1200 EUR at least. Cf. below.
Q: Can I arrive before the programme begins?
A: Conditional yes. Your accommodation (room in the ELP house) might be ready for use a couple of days before the ELP period begins. You will be advised in your welcome letter about the specific recommended arrival day.
Q: Can non-EU citizens apply for the programme?
A: Yes. EU, EEA and Swiss nationality or residency applicants are eligible for the programme.
Q: Can I apply again if my application is not selected?
A: Yes. You can apply as many times as you want.
Q: Can I withdraw my application?
A: Yes. You may withdraw your application by informing the ELP applications team (at firstname.lastname@example.org) at any stage of the application process. In such a case, you will be excluded from further stages of the process. You may re-apply for a subsequent training period with a new application and supporting documentation.
Q: Can I apply if I already work or will work in the EU-related institutions?
A: Yes. We encourage all young professionals occupying any Brussels-based EU-related jobs to apply (e.g., interns, trainees, assistants, junior professionals, etc.).
Q: Will I need to move in the common residence/community, even if I have accommodation in the city?
A: The shared community accommodation is a mandatory element of the programme, part of the Community Segment. The accommodation is available only for the duration of the programme.
Q: What does living in a Community actually mean for me?
A: It means that you are going to live in one of the ELP houses, staying at a separate single bedroom. The kitchen, bathroom, the common spaces and a small garden are shared.
The lodging rights, duties and obligations are settled in the rent contract, but the rules of cohabitation are drafted by the Fellows agreed on by the ELP Team.
Q: What is the working language in the ELP? Will I need to speak French?
A: The working language is English; however, we strongly advise you have at least some basic knowledge of French.
Q: Will the ELP provide me with a medical insurance?
A: No. You must have your own insurance.
Q: What kind of contracts will I have to sign?
A: Once admitted to the ELP, you will be signing three contracts with JESC, the first two of them containing strong and inseparable legal links to each other:
The first contract is the “ELP Fellowship Agreement”, related to the ELP project as a whole.
The second is the “ELP Rent Agreement” concerning specifically the lodging rights, duties and obligations.
The third contract is an optional one, needed in case if we can match up your traineeship fee to meet 1200 EUR a month.
Q: What are the regular programme hours of the ELP?
A: The events taking place at weekdays are usually between 18:00 to 21:00. Usually 1-3 evenings are taken weekly. There are regular weekend programmes due to some speaker requirements and coaching. All the updates are notified through emails and the ELP Calendar.
Q: Is there a defined dress code for events?
A: The dress code is business casual.
Q: Do I need to be religious to apply?
A: This is not a requirement, however you have to accept that the programme is based on Ignatian leadership and spirituality, designed and run by the Jesuit European Social Center.
“Vision and Values for Europe.”
The purpose of JESC