Trainee programme

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The European Medicines Agency (EMA) operates a trainee programme aimed at university graduates at the beginning of their careers. The programme gives trainees an insight into EMA and its role within the European Union (EU) and the European medicines regulatory network and provides valuable professional experience.

Traineeships can last for a maximum of eighteen months (three consecutive six-month contracts).

There are two traineeship intakes per year, starting in:

  •  April;
  •  October. 

In the intake of October 2017, 36 trainees started at the Agency.


Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply for a traineeship at EMA, you must:

  • be a national of a Member State of the EU or of Iceland, Lichtenstein or Norway;
  • have a university degree (minimum Bachelor level) by 1 August for the October intake and by 1 March for the April intake;
  • have a good command of English and knowledge of a second official EU language. For reference, see the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Successful candidates will typically have a background relating to the activities of EMA, such as pharmacy, medicine, life sciences, healthcare, chemistry, information technology, law (with an interest in pharmaceutical regulatory affairs), human resources, finance, communications, public relations or library and information science.

Traineeship grant

EMA pays a monthly maintenance grant of £1,550 to trainees.

It also pays a travel allowance to partially compensate for relocation to the United Kingdom and other costs at the start and end of the traineeship.

Application and selection process 

To see our traineeship vacancies and apply, use the Jobs@EMA portal

EMA typically advertises traineeship vacancies two to three month before its two intakes in April and October. You can create an alert through the portal to receive vacancy notifications by email.

The portal will also allow you to create a candidate profile at any time, which can be used to pre-fill applications.

For guidance on how to use the Jobs@EMA portal, see:

Please complete your candidate profile and application form as fully as possible. You can apply for more than one suitable vacancy.

Please make sure that you submit your application by 23:59 (UK time) on the closing date. You can change information in your application until then.

EMA will interview shortlisted candidates over the phone before it makes a final selection. EMA will inform candidates of the outcome of its selection through the Jobs@EMA portal. You will also receive an email sent through the portal.


Personal data protection 

EMA respects the privacy of its candidates for recruitment and processes applicants' personal data as required by Regulation (EC) No 45/2001. This applies particularly to the confidentiality and security of such data.

For more information, see:

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