Jean Monnet Activities aim at promoting excellence in teaching and research in the field of European Union Studies worldwide. These Actions also aim at fostering the dialogue between the academic world and policymakers, in particular with the aim of enhancing governance of EU policies.
European Union studies comprise the study of Europe in its entirety with particular emphasis on the European integration process in both its internal and external aspects. The discipline also covers the role of the EU in a globalised world and in promoting an active European citizenship and dialogue between people and cultures.
Jean Monnet Activities support the following Actions:
Short teaching programme (or course) in the field of European Union studies at a higher education institution. A Module can be:
- a general or introductory course on EU issues
- specialised teaching on EU developments
- fully recognised summer courses or intensive courses.
A Module must be three years in length and must have a minimum duration of 40 teaching hours per academic year. The 40 teaching hours required include group lectures, seminars, and tutorials, including in a distance learning format, but not individual instruction. HEIs are expected to support and promote Module coordinators and promote participation in the course or programme. They are also expected to maintain the activities of the Module throughout the duration of the project.
Teaching post with a specialisation in European Union studies for university professors. A Jean Monnet Chair must last for three years, and must have a minimum duration of 90 teaching hours per academic year. A Chair must also carry out at least one additional activity per academic year. The 90 hours include group lectures, seminars, and tutorials, including in a distance format, but not individual instruction. A Chair-holder must be a permanent member of staff at the applicant institution with the rank of “Professor”; they may not be a visiting Professor at the time of the application.
A focal point of competence and knowledge on European Union subjects. A Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence gathers the expertise and competences of high-level experts (including Jean Monnet Chairs and/or Jean Monnet Module coordinators) and aims at developing synergies between the various disciplines and resources in European Studies, as well as at creating joint transnational activities and structural links with academic institutions in other countries. Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence have a major role in reaching out to students from faculties not normally dealing with European Union issues as well as to policy makers, civil servants, organised civil society and the general public at large.
Jean Monnet supports associations that have as their explicit purpose to contribute to the study of the European integration process. Such associations should be interdisciplinary and open to all interested professors, teachers and researchers specialising in European Union issues in the relevant country or region. They should be representative of the academic community in European Union studies at regional, national or supranational level. Support will be given only to associations that are officially registered and have independent legal status.
Jean Monnet Networks foster the creation and development of consortia of international players (HEIs, Centres of Excellence, departments, teams, individual experts, etc.) in the area of European Union studies. They contribute to gathering information, exchanging practices, building knowledge and promoting the European integration process across the world. This Action can also support the enhancement of existing networks supporting specific activities, notably fostering the participation of young researchers in EU-related themes.
Jean Monnet Projects support innovation, cross-fertilisation and the spread of European Union content. There are a broad range of activities that can be carried out, from the design and development of education materials and tools to the organisation of events. These projects will be based on unilateral proposals – although the proposed activities may involve other partners – and may last between 12 and 24 months.