Exploring EU issues in Canada
European Union Centres of Excellence in Canada (EUCEs)
The European Commission has signed grant agreements with five Canadian universities, designated as EUCEs. Grants totalling €960 000 fund activities for a three-year period.
EUCEs promote the study of EU institutions and policies as well as EU-Canada relations. The interdisciplinary teaching and research programmes attract academics with a variety of interests and approaches, creating greater ties across the Atlantic.
The EUCEs are:
Carleton University EUCE is the Network and Outreach Coordinator, promoting cooperation and sharing best practices within the Canadian EUCE network.
The Jean Monnet programme will incorporate Centres of Excellence providing even more opportunities for universities to offer EU studies.
EU-Canada Young Journalist Fellowship
Recognising outstanding journalistic talent among young Canadians, since 2001 three candidates have been selected every year to participate in a week-long study tour to experience EU institutions, the Canadian Mission to the EU, and media outlets in Brussels.
All expenses are paid for by the European Union Delegation to Canada.
Prior to the trip, winners will be invited to an awards ceremony co-hosted by the Office of the Speaker of the House of Commons and the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) in Ottawa. Winners also benefit from a one-year CAJ membership or renewal.
The Fellowship seeks to reinforce links between Europeans and Canadians and to raise awareness of the EU among a new generation of Canadian students and journalists.
The award is generally launched in early March with submissions due in early May. The study tour takes place in the fall.
EU Visitors Programme
Submissions are now open for young Canadian leaders to participate in the 2017 EU Visitors Programme offering five to eight-day, tailor-made visits to Brussels to gain insight into the institutions and workings of the EU.
The EUVP is jointly supported and administered by the European Parliament and the European Commission. Visits take place during the year following the successful application, with the EUVP covering travel, hotel and daily costs.
Canadian candidates should:
- be aged 30-40;
- have a relevant political, media or civil society background (not open to business people); and
- have completed university education, or equivalent training, with some years of professional experience.
The application form (with the additional documents outlined on the form) should be emailed to the EUVP Liaison Officer, Gabriel Gonzalez (Tel.: +01 (613) 563-6355) with the subject line ‘EUVP 2016 Application’:
The deadline for the 2017 programme was 31 March 2016 with final selection by a Brussels panel and results usually available by the end of the year.
Opportunities within the EU
The EU Erasmus+ programme is open to Canadian students, institutions and youth organisations and offers a range of specific opportunities.
Erasmus+ for students and researchers
- International Credit Mobility
Providing short-term study scholarships (3-12 months) in a participating European University counting towards a degree back home. To participate, students must check if their own university (international office) has an international credit mobility agreement with corresponding universities in the EU.
- Erasmus Mundus Joint Master or Doctoral Degrees (EMJMD) These offer full scholarships to complete a full master or doctoral degree offered by a consortia of European universities.
- Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellowship Programme
Funding provision for up to 3 000 PhD scholarships per year in Europe. There are vacancies all year round and Canadian candidates should apply directly to the projects published on the Erasmus+ website.
Erasmus+ for Higher Education Institutions
Higher Education Institutions may apply for funding to join consortia of European partners to offer:
- Joint Master Degrees (as partners)
Developing joint degrees of exceptional quality open to students from all over the world.
- Credit Mobility
Universities contact their European partners to prepare programmes for funding that enable the transfer and recognition of credits between both. European universities apply for funding on behalf of the partnership.
- Jean Monnet Activities
Replacing EU Centres of Excellence, Erasmus+ provides funding to support the teaching and research of EU studies worldwide.
Erasmus+ for Youth Organisations
Erasmus+ provides opportunity for Canadian organisations and participants to get involved in joint projects with their European counterpart to achieve ‘cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices’.
Among the programme actions are:
- Capacity building in the field of youth
Enabling transnational non-formal learning (such as youth exchanges and the European Voluntary Service) while being integrated with education systems and the labour market.
- Strategic Partnership projects in the field of youth
Partnerships lasting between 6 and 36 months and addressing a broad range of topics such as cooperation between regional authorities and encouraging the active participation of young people in society.