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Jean Monnet Actions: stimulating teaching and research on the European Union

Jean Monnet Actions run under Erasmus+ to support teaching, learning, research and debates on various aspects of the European Union.

On this page

  • actions for schools and VET institutions (ISCED 1-4)
  • actions for higher education institutions
  • links to teaching tools and other resources

School actions

From March 2021, under the Erasmus+ programme for 2021-2027, Jean Monnet Actions offer new funding opportunities for schools and vocational education and training institutions.

These aim to support teachers in primary, secondary and vocational education to inform young people and develop critical awareness about the European Union, what it stands for, how it works and what difference it makes to their daily lives. These actions cover both education and vocational training (ISCED 1 – 4).

Activities organised under this section will also create new opportunities for professional expansion regarding the European dimension of teaching at school, in particular on teaching about the European Union.

Jean Monnet Teacher Training

For institutions engaged in teacher training / education to support teachers to teach about EU in their classrooms. This action is also open to higher education institutions engaged in teacher education.

Explore the training opportunity

Jean Monnet Learning EU Initiatives for schools and VET institutions

For schools and vocational education and training institutions (ISCED 1- 4), enabling them to provide specific content on EU based subjects.

Read about the learning initiatives opportunity

Jean Monnet Networks for schools and VET institutions

For schools and vocational education and training institutions (ISCED 1- 4), enabling them to engage in the EU policy debate at school and in cooperation with higher education institutions.

Explore Jean Monnet Networks for schools

Teaching tools

Links to tools and resources for teachers can be found at the bottom of this page.

To find out more about the background of the Jean Monnet Actions for schools, read the publication 'Learning EU at school'.

 Higher education institutions actions

These support teaching and research in the field of European Union studies worldwide, covering the study of Europe in its entirety, with particular emphasis on the EU dimension, from an internal but also from a global perspective. The scope of EU studies can be varied as long as the EU angle is explored.

EU studies should promote active European citizenship and values and deal with the role of the EU in a globalised world, enhancing awareness of the Union and facilitating future engagement as well as people-to-people dialogue.

Teaching and research activities at higher education institutions: 

Jean Monnet Modules

Short teaching programmes or courses in the field of European Union studies.

Learn more about Modules and see how to apply

Jean Monnet Chairs

Teaching posts with a specialisation in European Union studies practiced by university professors.

Learn more about Jean Monnet Chairs

Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence

Pooling knowledge and competence on European Union subjects. They also play a key role in reaching out to students from faculties not normally dealing with EU studies.

Learn about the Centres and the funding opportunity

Jean Monnet Networks in Higher Education

Support to large thematic networks to bolster the policy debate.

See who can apply for Networks and what qualifies


The European Commission started the Jean Monnet Actions in 1989 to promote excellence in teaching and research in the field of European Union studies worldwide.

Since their creation, these actions have focused on higher education institutions. Around 9,000 university teachers and more than 1,000 universities in around 100 countries have received financial support, enabling them to offer new content on European studies as part of their curricula. By connecting academics, researchers and policy-makers, the Jean Monnet Actions have stimulated international dialogue and supported policymakers at both national and international levels.