The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities

‌‌The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities officially launched at an opening symposium in November 2016 in the Bibliothèque Solvay in Brussels. The University of Glasgow is a founding member of this group of 21 of Europe’s leading universities from across sixteen countries and the Principal, Professor Anton Muscatelli, is the Guild’s vice-chair. 

Purpose of The Guild

The Guild is founded on four core pillars of engagement and activity:

  • Advocacy and Influencing
  • Policy Engagement
  • Innovation
  • Institutional Enhancement

Capacity building across Europe

The Guild will work closely with the European Commission, European and national parliamentarians, officials and others to secure outstanding strategic and practical outcomes that will benefit the myriad communities of Europe. The new network will provide a platform for

  • engaging with EU policy-makers,
  • promoting research collaboration and access to EU funding,
  • engaging with universities, and private and public institutions to continue the free flow of students, staff and ideas at the European level. 

Funding for University of Glasgow staff

University of Glasgow staff can apply for the following funding opportunities if they are interesting in working with Guild members.

For both, members of the the Guild are classed as strategic partners.

Traineeships at the Guild office

The application below for 2020 is now closed, please revisit this page in future for next year’s application.

2020 application (now closed)

We are currently searching for two Junior Policy Officers to join our dynamic and multicultural team in Brussels for a traineeship of 5 months with the possibility of extension. The traineeship is a unique opportunity for students interested in EU policymaking and the fields of research, innovation and education to gain insights into decision-making processes and to learn about the wider policy developments that are currently shaped in Brussels.

This is an exciting chance to experience the diverse landscape of political actors and advocacy networks in Brussels, and learn about the challenges and opportunities that universities face in a rapidly changing policy environment.

Our traineeships are designed for advanced undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate students of The Guild’s member universities. They are particularly suitable for students who can demonstrate an interest in EU policymaking, national/international politics or in the fields of research, innovation and education.

Role description

During their traineeship, our Junior Policy Officers engage with the following responsibilities:

  • Monitoring and reporting of EU policy developments in research, education and innovation and producing weekly overviews of the EU institutions’ agendas.
  • Actively contributing to The Guild’s advocacy campaigns and communications functions (including The Guild’s website, social media channels and the intranet), including proofreading texts.
  • Participating in the planning and organisation of internal and external events.
  • Participating in seminars and conferences and producing event reports.
  • Supporting the policy team in the coordination of working groups and taking minutes from working group meetings.
  • Carrying out specific analytical or research tasks as directed.
  • Supporting the team in different administrative and clerical tasks.

Required skills & qualifications

  • At least three years of university studies, preferably in a field relevant to the role.
  • Excellent command of oral and written English (knowledge of other EU languages considered an asset).
  • Proactive and collaborative mind-set and readiness to work in a high-paced working environment.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Good skills in analysing policy documents and doing background research.
  • Good prioritisation and organisational skills.
  • Commitment to the vision and the mission of The Guild.

Preferred skills & qualifications

  • Basic understanding of EU policymaking processes and interest in working with European affairs.
  • Experience in policy analysis, working in international environments and with tasks related to communications are considered an asset.

Duration and starting date

The duration of the traineeships is six months with possible extension to one year. We currently have openings from Mid-February 2020.

How to apply

Please send your application, addressed to Prof. Jan Palmowski, Secretary-General of The Guild, to Please attach your CV, two letters of support, and a cover letter explaining how your interests and qualifications match the role description, your proficiency in English, and indicate your desired start and end dates for the traineeship. Applicants must be an EU/EEA/UK national or have permission to work in Belgium.

Candidates should seek the support of the international office of their home university when applying for this internship.

Successful candidates are encouraged to apply for an Erasmus+ internship grant which will be complemented by an allowance covered by The Guild of approximately €800 per month (depending on the terms and conditions of the Erasmus grant) in order to compensate for living expenses in Brussels. An additional allowance will be paid to interns who are ineligible for an Erasmus internship grant.


Deadline for applications is Tuesday, 29 January 2020 (end of business). We will contact shortlisted candidates soon after the deadline to arrange skype interviews.

Upcoming Guild Policy Labs and events

Composed of some of Europe’s most distinguished research-intensive universities, The Guild is dedicated to enhancing the voice of universities in Europe for the benefit of research and teaching. It will engage politicians, officials, public and private companies through debate based on cutting-edge scholarship. The Guild’s members are committed to sharing their knowledge, experience and good practice, for the benefit of all members.

Throughout the year, The Guild organise a range of policy labs, workshops and events designed to engage leading researchers and policy-makers, discuss key challenges for European research policy, and explore how university research can help Europe’s economic, political and cultural challenges.

For more details of all recent and upcoming Guild events, please check:

Guild members

The Guild aims to be genuinely pan-European by extending membership to include a broader range of universities from across Europe. Member universities include:

  1. Aarhus University
  2. The University of Bern
  3. The University of Bologna
  4. Ghent University
  5. The University of Glasgow
  6. The University of Göttingen
  7. The University of Groningen
  8. Jagiellonian University (Krakow)
  9. King's College London
  10. University of Louvain
  11. University of Ljubljana
  12. The University of Oslo
  13. University of Paris Diderot
  14. Radboud University
  15. University of Tartu
  16. The University of Tübingen
  17. Uppsala University
  18. The University of Vienna
  19. The University of Warwick.