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Staff mobility

As part of a programme for professional development, Essex Abroad currently has a number of Erasmus+ mobility grants available for you to undertake a short teaching exchange or training placement in a partner university or enterprise in an Erasmus Zone Country. You must be a permanent academic, administrative or technical member of staff to get involved.

Use the exchange finder for more information on opportunities.

The grants are generously funded by the European Commission's Erasmus+ programme, and are intended as a contribution to the costs associated with a period of teaching or training in Europe or selected Partner institutions outside of Europe.

Staff Teaching Assignments (STA)

Staff Teaching Assignments may take place only at a partner University - i.e. a university where an active Erasmus+ Bilateral Agreement is already in place. It is expected that at least eight hours of face-to-face teaching is delivered for an STA of less than one working week (use the exchange finder tool to search for current available opportunities).

Staff Training Placements (STT)

Staff Training Placements are available for the purpose of professional development. Permitted activities include job shadowing, practical training, short secondments and study visits. Placements may take place at any university or enterprise (except EU/EC institutions or home country diplomatic posts). Attendance at conferences is not eligible.

If you'd like to participate in a Staff Training Placement but don't have something specific in mind, opportunities are advertised regularly.

Erasmus+ for staff – outside of Europe
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Our University has been selected to participate in the European Commission flagship programme for Erasmus+ outside of Europe, encouraging further international exchange of staff between the University of Essex and partner countries. This now means our University can offer a limited number of Erasmus grants in 2017-18 to selected staff visiting Erasmus+ KA107 partner institutions.

  • Staff teaching or training

    Eligible partners

    • Curtin University Sarawak, Malaysia
    • Prince of Songkla University, Thailand
    • Al-Akhawayan University of Irfane, Morocco
    • Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

    How to apply

    If you would like to apply for an Erasmus+ staff grant, please first contact your department at the partner university with your proposed visit to see if they are able to host you. Contact Essex Abroad for an application form.

    Please note that staff teaching visits must include eight hours minimum of teaching.

    All visits must take place before 31 July 2018.

Erasmus+ for staff – Europe

  • Eligible participants

    Any nationality is eligible, however you must:

    • be employed by University of Essex (or in the case IVS, evidence of employment at the home enterprise)
    • have the approval of your line manager/head of department

    Please note

    • as per EU instructions, first time participants will receive preference for funding

  • Eligible countries

    • EU28: Austria; Belgium; Bulgaria; Croatia; Cyprus; Czech Republic; Denmark; Estonia; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Ireland; Italy; Latvia; Lithuania; Luxembourg; Malta; the Netherlands; Poland; Portugal; Romania; Slovakia; Slovenia; Spain; Sweden; UK (IVS only)
    • EFTA/EEA: Iceland; Liechtenstein; Norway
    • EU Candidate Countries: Turkey

    Please note

    • Switzerland is not part of the Erasmus Zone and instead runs a shadow Erasmus style programme. If you wish to undertake an exchange in Switzerland you will need to apply to the Swiss university for funding.

  • Funding available

    • Travel: real costs (from home city, i.e. Colchester, to host city and return) based on the calculation of the EU distance calculator.
    • Subsistence: up to a set maximum - calculated based on destination and duration of placement - e.g. ranges from Euro 80 to Euro 128 per day. Subsistence allowance is to be used for accommodation, meals and in-country travel only. Based on receipted expenditure.

Requesting an Erasmus+ Staff Mobility grant

If you are intending to undertake an Erasmus Mobility Placement under either the staff mobility or STT strands you are required to complete an application form which clearly outlines the intended programme of the visit.

To make a travel request under the Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Program, please email for an STA-STT outgoing form.

A completed application form details the following:

  • your personal and contact details
  • contact details of the host
  • destination
  • duration and planned dates of the exchange
  • outline of the planned activities
  • objectives / expected outcomes of the visit
  • expected benefits to your department / office / team from your participation in the visit
  • how the visit will benefit / impact the host university
  • approval from your head of department

Invited Staff Visits (IVS)

Invited Staff Visits are available for staff of eligible (non-UK) enterprises to come to the University of Essex for the purpose of undertaking a short teaching assignment of 2 days – 6 weeks. Due to funding restrictions, placements are usually around five working days and take place any time between
1 September 2015 - 31 July 2016.

If you are a member of staff, from a partner university wishing to come to Essex, you should apply for funding from your home university’s Erasmus+ office.

Erasmus KA107 (outside of Europe) programme

If you're a member of staff from an eligible partner university within the Erasmus KA107 (outside of Europe) programme, you may be eligible for a grant during your visit. For further details see below:

  • Eligible partners and type of mobility

    Staff mobility for teaching

    • RMIT Vietnam
    • PUCP
    • Prince of Songkla University
    • University of Botswana
    • Al-Akhawayn University of Irfane

    Staff mobility for training

    • RMIT Vietnam
    • Ben Gurion University of the Negev
    • University of Botswana
    • Al-Akhawayn University of Irfane

  • How to apply

    Firstly, you will need to contact the relevant department at Essex and propose your visit to obtain a Letter of Invite. Once you have a letter of invite, you'll need to send this along with your academic CV to This will be reviewed by the Head of Global Mobility.

    If approved, you'll then be sent a contract detailing the amount of grant available to you. This will need to be signed and returned to Essex Abroad prior to your arrival. Upon Arrival, you must bring your travel tickets, boarding pass, visa and any relevant travel documents and the grant will then be paid to you via cashier’s cheque in GBP sterling.

Essex International Visiting Fellowships

Essex International Visiting Fellowships are prestigious, competitive awards for high performing, established academics and researchers. This flagship University programme provides support for outstanding researchers to undertake a period of research at the University of Essex that is of major importance in its field and of significant benefit to Essex's research.

The programme provides a platform to:

  • work with Essex academics on a research project or publication
  • champion Essex as a centre of scholarly excellence at an international level
  • raise the profile of the multi-disciplinary research community at Essex
  • enrich the research and training environment for early career postgraduate and postdoctoral scholars at Essex


Please email for any enquiries on staff mobility.