Jean Monnet Actions: stimulating teaching and research on the European Union

Jean Monnet Actions run under Erasmus+ to support teaching, learning, research and debates on various aspects of the European Union.

From March 2021, under the Erasmus+ programme for 2021-2027, Jean Monnet Actions offer new funding opportunities for:

  • schools
  • vocational education and training institutes
  • teacher training organisations
  • promotion of debates and exchanges on EU subjects in secondary education institutions

This enlarged offer builds on the success of the actions which, since 1989, have focused on higher education institutions. It means Jean Monnet Actions continues working to bring positive and long-lasting effects to pupils and students, teachers and professors, education institutions and promoting organisations, as well as to the policy systems within which they are framed. 

Highlights of Jean Monnet since 1989

Since their creation in 1989, these actions have focused on higher education institutions. Around 9,000 university teachers and more than 1,000 universities in around 100 countries have received financial support, enabling them to offer new content on European studies as part of their curricula. By connecting academics, researchers and policy-makers, the Jean Monnet Actions have stimulated the international dialogue and supported policymakers at the national and the EU level.

Browse previous projects supported by Jean Monnet Actions

Which Actions are supported?

Jean Monnet for Higher Education Institutions

(See also: available opportunities for other levels of education and training)

Teaching and research activities at higher education institutions: 

Modules

Jean Monnet Modules are short teaching programmes or courses on EU studies at Higher Education Institutions. They are organised by one researcher/professor and may also call for the participation of colleagues and experts, they can be introductory modules on the EU, courses that concentrate on a specific aspect or discipline within EU studies, or be more multi-disciplinary in approach.

Funding duration: 3 years.

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Erasmus+ project results - Jean Monnet

Chairs

Jean Monnet Chairs are teaching posts in EU studies for university professors.

Funding duration: 3 years.

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Centres of Excellence

Centres of Excellence are focal point of competence and knowledge on European Union subjects. On top of their research activities, centres also have a major role in reaching out to students from faculties not normally dealing with European Union issues as well as to policymakers, civil servants, organised civil society and the general public.

Funding duration: 3 years.

Learn more about Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence

Jean Monnet for other levels of education and training

Teacher training activities

This action promotes knowledge on the European Union in schools and vocational education and training institutes in the Programme Countries. It aims to offer opportunities to:

  • education providers to develop and deliver content to learners
  • teacher training providers to support teachers with methodologies and updated knowledge on European Union issues
  • promote debate and exchanges between school and VET representatives and stakeholders on learning about European Union subjects

Learn more about Jean Monnet Teacher training

Networks

Networks foster the creation and development of consortia of players (schools, VET institutes, stakeholders, etc) in the area of European Union studies. The networks gather information, exchange practice sand build knowledge.

Funding duration: 3 years.

Lean more about networks for other levels of education and training

Other upcoming opportunities

Jean Monnet for Higher Education Institutions

(See also: upcoming opportunities for other levels of education and training)

Projects

Jean Monnet Projects aim to support innovation (e.g. explore new methodologies to teach EU subjects), cross-fertilisation (promote discussion and reflection on EU issues) and the spread of European Union content through information and dissemination activities.

Funding duration: 1 or 2 years.

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Networks

Networks aim foster the creation and development of consortia of international players (Higher Education Institutions, existing Centres of Excellence, Faculties and Departments, Research Centres, etc.) in a specific priority of the European Union as defined in the annual call. The networks gather information, exchange practices, build knowledge and produce evidence on the subject feeding the policy debate and reporting to the European Commission about the best results.

Funding duration: 3 years.

Jean Monnet for other levels of education and training

Networks

Learning EU initiatives Activities bringing experiences of European Union issues to learners at a general education or VET institute. An initiative must have a minimum duration of 40 teaching hours per year and may be curricular, in a particular discipline or multidisciplinary, or extra-curricular. Initiatives contribute to creating the institute approach towards their learning of European Union content.

Funding duration: 3 years.

Application process

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Background

The European Commission started the Jean Monnet Actions in 1989 to promote excellence in teaching and research in the field of European Union studies worldwide. Named after Jean Monnet (1888-1979), the first President of the High Authority of the European Coal and Steel Community, which has evolved into the European Union, the Jean Monnet Action is now part of the Erasmus+ Programme. It celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2019.

In addition to the Jean Monnet Actions detailed above, operating grants have also been provided to a selected number of higher education institutions in Europe to pursue excellence in EU studies and research:

  • European University Institute in Florence
  • College of Europe in Bruges
  • College of Europe in Natolin
  • Academy of European Law in Trier
  • Centre International de Formation Européenne in Nice
  • European Institute for Public Administration in Maastricht
  • European Agency for Special Needs and Inclusive Education in Odense

Publications

Browse publications on Jean Monnet Actions (EU Publications Office)

Learning about the EU: European topics and school curricula across EU Member States (Study)

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