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Grants for actions to support training in conference interpreting – academic year 2017-2018



The Directorate General for Interpretation of the European Commission provides grants to co-finance actions which support conference interpreting training. 11 action grants were awarded for the academic year 2015-2016 and 6 action grants for the academic year 2016-2017.


As a provider of an inter-institutional service, DG Interpretation’s mission requires it to ensure that a sufficient number of qualified conference interpreters are available to enable the European Union's institutions to function properly.The programme contributes to this mission by supporting the following actions in the field ofinterpretation:

  • the promotion of quality and linguistic diversity in the teaching of interpreting in the official
  • languages of the EU and of the candidate countries;
  • the establishment and support of postgraduate centres of excellence;
  • cooperation among postgraduate courses from different Member States and from candidate
  • countries; a limited number of postgraduate courses from third countries offering languages of
  • particular interest for the EU may also be included; and
  • the development of innovative pilot projects.


Deadline for submitting applications: 15th May 2017Meetings Evaluation Committee: June – July 2017Award information to applicants: July 2017Conclusion of grant agreements: July – October 2017Starting date of the action: not earlier than submission of the applicationEnding date of the action: preferably 31st July 2018, no later than 30/9/2018


  • Universities, university institutes, consortia and associations of universities or institutes, legally established in a Member State or in a candidate country, and which offer or coordinate postgraduate courses specialising in conference interpreting;
  • Associations, consortia and bodies, legally established in a Member State or in a candidate country, whose main mission is to develop and/or support cooperation and disseminate best practices in the field of conference interpreter training.
  • Where necessary, consortia may include private sector actors who have the specific expertise needed to implement the proposed actions. Teaching establishments must be recognised by their national authorities as public or private bodie entrusted with a public task of teaching and organising courses at master or postgraduate level in the field of conference interpreting. If the applicant is not a teaching establishment, its mission must nevertheless be related to the objectives of this programme (conference interpreter training) and be recognised by the national authorities where it is established.

Info & contact

Before the deadline for the submission of applications, you can address questions regardingthe grant application exclusively by e-mail to : SCIC-grants-to-universities@ec.europa.eu All questions and answers will be published on this web-site on a regular basis under section“Frequently Asked Questions”. We suggest that you check this page regularly.

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