Jean Monnet Chairs


Jean Monnet Chairs are teaching posts with a specialisation in European Union studies for university professors or senior lecturers.

Jean Monnet Chairs can:

  • enhance the teaching of EU studies at your institution through the curriculum
  • conduct, monitor and supervise research on EU matters at all education levels
  • be a mentor and advisor to the next generation of teachers and researchers
  • provide expert guidance to future professionals about European matters

Jean Monnet Chairs are furthermore encouraged to:

  • publish books within their university press during the grant period. The grant will cover part of the publication and, if need be, part of the translation costs
  • participate in dissemination and information events in your country and around Europe
  • organise events (lectures, seminars, workshops, etc.) with policymakers, civil society and schools
  • network with other academics and institutions supported by Jean Monnet
  • apply open educational resources, and publish the summaries, content, schedule and expected outcomes of your activities


To be a Jean Monnet Chair, you must be a permanent staff member at your higher education institution, which may include university professors, teachers or researchers, holding a permanent teaching post with a specialisation in European Union studies.

Only one professor can be Jean Monnet Chair holder, but may have a team to support activities. You cannot be a visiting professor at the higher education institution applying for the grant.

As a Jean Monnet Chair, you must teach a minimum of 90 hours per academic year (for three consecutive years). This teaching must be in the field of EU studies.

Teaching hours are taken to include direct contact hours in the context of group lectures, seminars or tutorials (including in a distance learning format) but do not include individual instruction and/or supervision.

How to apply

Your higher education institution can apply to host a Jean Monnet Chair for a period of three years.

Centres of Excellence

Jean Monnet Chairs can assume responsibility for a Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence - a chance for higher education institutions to become a focal points for teaching and research on EU matters.

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