ERASMUS+ funding for teachers
What is ERASMUS+ funding?
Each year, hundreds of international teachers choose to develop their English language and teaching skills at Bell Teacher Academy in Cambridge with Eramus+ funding. Check with your school if they already have funding for teacher development and if they don’t, ask them to apply for funding.
In 2014, the European Commission launched their new funding programme called Erasmus+ which runs until 2020. Erasmus+ brings together a variety of previously separate EU funding programmes, and, among other funding objectives, allows European teachers to attend one of our two-week residential professional development courses.
Brexit and ERASMUS+
Under the Withdrawal Agreement negotiated with the EU, the UK will continue to participate fully in the current (2014-2020) Erasmus+ programmes. This means that the projects successfully bid for during the current programmes will continue to receive EU funding for the full duration of the project, including those where funding runs beyond 2020 and the end of the transition period. Organisations should continue to bid for funding under the current programmes.
Please do also check with your National Agency as they may have separate Brexit policies.
Applying for ERASMUS+ funding
A simple 3-step guide
Step one: Check eligibility
To get the funding:
- you must be living in a European Union country or in any of the following: Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Turkey, Serbia or the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
- you must work for a school, college or educational institute; in some countries private schools can also apply.
- the training course you choose should fit into certain educational and logistical criteria: all of Bell’s teacher development courses are valid
- funding is available for courses starting from 01 June 2019; if your course with us starts before you receive funds these can be backdated by your institute.
- your institute must complete their application and submit a Development Plan. Please let us know that you intend to participate in one of our courses as part of your Development Plan when you submit your funding application. This way we can ensure that we reserve your place for free until you receive your funding outcome. Of course you can register for our courses even if you don’t apply for funding or if the funding application is unsuccessful!
- Application forms for your country are available from your national agency.
Step two: Preparing to apply
- Find out who the funding co-ordinator is at your school or institute and show them this step-by-step guide.
- You can also look at the official Erasmus+ programme guide
- The co-ordinator must create a new EU Login account or access the Organisation Registration system for Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps and register your school or organisation. The school will need a log in and password.
- Once your institution has registered, it will be given an Organisation ID number (Personal Identification Code) which is required when applying for funding.
- Schools that have a PIC number and have previously applied for funding will be assigned a Organisation ID automatically.
- Discuss the Institute’s Development Plan with your head teacher and ask for Bell courses to be included as part of the plan.
- While these processes are going ahead, choose an appropriate professional development course. Please ask your institution to book a provisional place for you to avoid disappointment using the Bell registration form. You will not incur any costs if you book a provisional place.
- Once your school has an Organisation ID number they need to submit an Erasmus+ application form through their national agency.
Step three: Funding decisions confirmed
- Once you hear about the funding decision your school should let us know immediately if you will attend the course or not.
- If you can’t attend you always have the option of funding yourself and attending anyway – simply complete our online booking form.
- If your school or institute has extra funding and wishes to send additional participants just contact us directly for availability.
Contact us if you have any other questions or issues and we will be happy to support you.
Still have questions?
We are always here to discuss your options and answer any queries you may have. For a quick response, try our Help Centre and read through our answers to frequently asked questions.
If you would still like to get in touch, please contact our Customer Support team.