What is Jean Monnet?

The Jean Monnet Programme (https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/actions/jean-monnet_en)  is part of the Erasmus+ Action.  It is designed to promote excellence in teaching and research in the field of European Union studies worldwide. The activities also foster the dialogue between the academic world and policy-makers, 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.

Originally launched in 1989, today  Jean Monnet activities are implmeneted in more than 1000 universities in 86 countries. According to official statistics 4730 projects were supported by Jean Moneet action.

Jean Monnet supports the following actions:
  • Teaching and Research: Jean Monnet Modules, Chairs and Centres of Excellence.
  • Support to Associations: Jean Monnet support to Associations.
  • Policy debate with the Academic World: Jean Monnet Networks and Jean Monnet Projects.
Key activities include courses, research, conferences, networking activities, and publications in the field of EU studies.
Jean Monnet Modules − Short teaching programme (or course) in the field of European Union studies at a higher education institution. Each Module has a minimum duration of 40 teaching hours per academic year.
Jean Monnet Chairs − Teaching post with a specialisation in European Union studies for university professors or senior lecturers. A Jean Monnet Chair must be hold by only one professor, who must provide the minimum of 90 teaching hours per academic year
Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence − A focal point of competence and knowledge on European Union subjects. The academic responsibility of a Centre must be assumed by a Jean Monnet Chair holder. 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 Support  Associations − Jean Monnet supports institutions that enhance teacher and training activities on European Union subjects at the postgraduate level and/or for other relevant stakeholders. It also fosters activities aimed at elaborating, analysing and popularizing European Union subjects and their teaching.
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 − 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 − Jean Monnet Projects support innovation, cross-fertilisation and the spread of European Union content. These projects will be based on unilateral proposals – although the proposed activities may involve other partners – and may last between 12 and 24 months.
Application period under the Call for proposals 2017 is open.