Here you will find answers to the frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the European Leadership Programme (ELP).
​If you have more questions, please contact us at info@jesc-elp.eu

A: There are two traineeship periods per year lasting for 5 months:

1 March to 31 July

1 October to 28 February 

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

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.

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.

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, which amount may vary in Brussels. 

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 will have a monthly income paid by the institution/NGO where you work as a trainee, and you parallely attend the ELP.

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.

A: Yes. EU, EEA and Swiss nationality or residency applicants are eligible for the programme. 

A: Yes. You can apply as many times as you want.

A: Yes. You may withdraw your application by informing the ELP applications team (at info@jesc-elp.eu) 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.

A: Yes. We encourage all young professionals occupying any Brussels-based EU-related jobs to apply (e.g., interns, trainees, assistants, junior professionals, etc.).

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.

A: It means that you are going to live in one of the ELP houses, staying in 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.

A: The working language is English; however, we strongly advise you to have at least some basic knowledge of French.

A: No. You must have your own insurance.

A: Once admitted to the ELP, you will be signing two contracts with JESC, 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 one is the “ELP Rent Agreement” concerning specifically the lodging rights, duties and obligations.

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.

A: The dress code is business casual.

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 Centre.