Erasmus+ staff training mobility

Through the Staff Training Mobility scheme, Erasmus+ offers professional development opportunities for academic and professional services staff to improve the skills required for their current job by participating in training in another country in Europe.

Erasmus+ training periods support the professional development of HEI teaching and non-teaching staff, as well as the development of involved institutions. Teaching and non-teaching staff, including administrative and other staff, employed by Keele may undertake Erasmus+ mobility for training.

The UK's Erasmus+ National Agency sets a number of criteria for training mobility.

  • Applicants must hold an employment contract with Keele at the time of undertaking the mobility;
  • The training period may be in another HEI or any other appropriate organisation. An agreement between the organisations is not required for training mobility;
  • Staff mobility is intended to contribute to the overall priorities of Erasmus+, the EU Agenda for Modernisation of Higher Education and Keele's Internationalisation aims and is not solely intended to be for the benefit or career development of the individual staff member;
  • Priority will be given to those staff members for whom it would be their first Erasmus+ mobility;
  • Training events abroad may be in the form of job shadowing, observation, attendance at workshops or courses etc. This may be for transfer of knowledge and good practice, to learn from shared experience, acquire practical skills or to discover new ideas for teaching and learning.

IMPORTANT: Conference attendance is not funded under an Erasmus+ training mobility.

Staff members are required to submit a number of documents before, during and after the staff mobility to remain eligible for the grant. Please see the tab "Documents" for downloads.



Training mobilities can be undertaken at another HEI in Europe or any other appropriate organisation. There is no requirement for an inter-institutional agreement to be in place for training mobilities.  Please ask for further guidance if you are unsure if your proposed host would be eligible.

The guidance from the national agency is that mobility can be from 2 days to 2 months. Keele has set a limit of 5 days plus 2 additional travel days in order to maximise the funding we receive. 


Funding is available to cover subsistence and travel. Subsistence funding can be used to cover the cost of accommodation and attending an international week. Conferences are not covered by the funding available. The European Commission sets the grant rates annually. The 2019 Staff Mobility Grant Rates document outlines the grant per day and per week. 

Staff Travel Grants are based on the "travel distance" as determined by the British Council distance calculator.

Distance Travel Grant Amount
Between 10 and 99 km €20 per participant 
Between 100 and 499 km €180 per participant
Between 500 and 1999 km €275 per participant
Between 2000 and 2999 km €360 per participant
Between 3000 and 3999 km €530 per participant
Between 4000 and 7999km €820 per partcipant
8000 km or above €1500 per participant

Please note: Please note that the grants may not cover the full cost of your period abroad, but do contribute a substantial portion. Grants are also awarded on a receipts expenditure basis only. Staff are responsible for arranging your own travel.

Applications should be made before Friday 6th December 2019 via the 2019/20 Erasmus 103 Staff Mobility application or the 2019/20 Erasmus 107 Staff Mobility application for mobilities outside of the EU. Please be aware the funding for non EU mobility is limited and will likely only be allocated to staff linked to the funding bid.

  • The application should be at least 6 weeks in advance of the proposed mobility;
  • The application will ask for confirmation that the mobility has been discussed with your School Internationalisation Director/Head of School before being submitted; 
  • A visit should ideally have been agreed with the proposed host before an application is submitted but this is not essential.

Once the application has been received, the Global Opportunities Team will review all applications and allocate funding wherever possible.

There are a number of documents required by the EU to be eligible for funding: