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.

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

  • 1 March to 31 July
  • 1 October to 28 February 

This Programme is dedicated to young professionals who are already working in Brussels or who are coming for a period of, at least, six months. As a post-graduate looking for new challenges, you are welcome to apply under age 35.

As an ELP Fellow you are required to pay the accomodation in the ELP house. That is why we required the Fellows to work in Brussels or to have a paid traineeship in the European Institutions. The monthly parcel that the Fellow pay is 500€ (100€ for the acommodation and 400€ for the Fellowship). 

If you are not employed, we invite you to look to our paid Fellowships, offered by our partners. Please do not forget to mention on the application sheet if you wish to run for the tuition waiver.

1) With the current tuition waiver* option (you have to apply for it in your application form) the cost of the program is 2 500€ which includes all tuition and more importantly, full housing (the rent of the room and all charges). This is paid in five installments, so it means monthly 500 EUR as cost for the Fellow. No other costs are incurred.  

2) Without tuition waiver, the real and full cost of the Programme is 13 500€, housing included. 

*A tuition waiver can be granted by ELP and reduces the amount of the fees for the Fellows. Thanks to the generosity of the ELP coaches, partners and donors, we are able to offer this program at a highly subsidized rate by granting a tuition waiver to our Fellows.

You can apply to the full Fellowships that our partners offer. 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.

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.

Yes. We accept applicants from locations all over the world.

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

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 in the following editions.

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

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.

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.

The working language is English. However, we advise you to have at least some basic knowledge of French.

No. You must have your own insurance or a work related health insurance.

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 of the Fellow.

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 speaker requirements and coaching. All the updates are notified through emails and the ELP Calendar.

The dress code is business casual.

No. 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 (JESC).