Career & Legal Advice

The IEF Fund: Grants for continuing education

As an unemployed engineer, IT-professional or natural science graduate, you have the opportunity to get a grant through the IEF Fund in order to obtain relevant continuing education.

What is the IEF-fund?

The IEF-fund is a fund offering grans for continuing education for engineers, IT-professionals and STEM graduates. The purpose is to increase the professional competencies and knowledge of recipients by developing and offering continuing education.

Who can apply for funding?

You are eligible to apply for funding to cover relevant supplementary or continuing education if you are an engineer, IT-professional, or natural science graduate, and you are registered as unemployed with an unemployment insurance fund (A-kasse). In addition, engineers, IT-professionals and natural science graduates under notice are eligible to receive funding according to the same rules as unemployed persons. 

What does the funding cover?

The IEF fund offers grants for professional, linguistic and personal development courses, events, conferences etc. The IEF Fund will cover expenses related to the course itself as well as the least expensive form of public transportation (e.g. DSB, second class ticket).

How much funding can I receive?

You can receive up to 55% coverage of the costs of supplementary or continuing education in Denmark and abroad.

Within one calendar year, you can receive no more than DKK 7,000 in grants for course fees and transportation. It is not possible to transfer unused grants from one year to the next.

The fund reports grants to SKAT.

How to Apply

Apply through the link below. To enter the application, you must log in with your NemID. As part of the application, you need to submit documentation for your status as unemployed, as well as documentation that you have paid the course expenses. The form is currently only available in Danish, but you can download the google translate Chrome extension here for automatic translation. 

Do you have questions?

If you have questions about the fund or applying, please contact Annette Terp Andersen on phone +45 33 18 47 65 or email at ata@ida.dk

Subsidies for transport in connection with job interviews

Who can apply for subsidies for transport?

You have the opportunity to apply for a grant for transport in connection with job interviews, if you are an engineer, IT professional or science graduate and are registered as unemployed with an unemployment insurance fund. Engineers, IT professionals and science graduates in terminated positions can also receive grants according to the same rules as unemployed persons.

How much funding can I receive?

You can receive a 55% subsidy for transport in connection with job interviews.

Within a calendar year, you can max. receive DKK 7,000 in grants combined for course fees and transport. Unused funds can NOT be transferred from year to year.

The fund reports the distributions to SKAT.

How do I apply? 

You apply via the link below. To access the application, you must log in with NemId. As part of the application, you need to submit documentation for your status as unemployed, as well as documentation that you have paid the course expenses. The form is currently only available in Danish, but you can download the google translate Chrome extension here for automatic translation. 

Do you have any questions?

If you have any questions about the scheme, you are welcome to contact Annette Terp Andersen, tel. +45 33 18 47 65 or ata@ida.dk

Courses for younger professionals

The IEF Fund organises evening and day courses for young professionals. They cost from DKK 225-325. Below you will find an overview of all the events. Click on the individual event titles to read more about each event. This is also where you will find the registration button. Remember to have your credit card ready for payment.

Upcoming IEF courses for young graduates

Career advice for young professionals

As a recent graduate, you can get feedback on your CV and application in connection with your job search. Prior to the counselling conversation with one of the IEF Fund's career advisors, we encourage you to use IDAs CV-assistant. The CV-assistant can help you create a CV to use as the foundation for your counselling session.

You can also participate in a number of different workshops focusing on CV-preparation and application, preparing for job interviews, and job searching using your network.

About the IEF Fund

Employees in the IEF Fund

Anne Skanderby
Head of department
ask@ida.dk
+45 33 18 46 01

Annette Terp Andersen
Course secretary
ata@ida.dk
+45 33 18 47 65

Kenneth Carstensen
Career consultant
kca@ida.dk
+45 33 18 97 46

Kim Knudsen
Career consultant
kkn@ida.dk
+45 33 18 97 40

Lise Dan
Career consultant
Lid@ida.dk
+45 33 18 97 48

Board of the IEF Fund

The activities of the IEF Fund are managed by a Board comprised of:

Thomas Damkjær Petersen (Chairman)
Søren Vang Fischer (Deputy Chairman)
Malene Matthison-Hansen
Jørgen Weber
Niels Tønning