Procedure for selection of BOF postdoctoral fellowships

Procedure 2020

Due to the emergency scenario that was developed by the FWO because of corona measures, an alternative procedure has been developed for the evaluation of the BOF postdoctoral research fellowships.

  • Candidates for an FWO Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship who are currently holding an FWO-postdoctoral fellowship and are applying for a prolongation of their FWO postdoctoral fellowship:  if you are not selected by the FWO and you still meet the eligibility requirements for a BOF postdoctoral fellowship you will be granted a BOF postdoctoral fellowship.
  • Candidates for an FWO Junior Postdoctoral Fellowship and FWO Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship who are currently not holding a postdoctoral fellowship of the FWO: the rest of the available BOF fellowships will be selected from the pool of candidates which the FWO considers to be worthy of a scholarship but who have not been granted an FWO scholarship. This pool concerns the so-called wild card candidates of the FWO. These are candidates who have not been directly selected by the FWO panels, but who meet the minimum requirements to obtain an FWO mandate. These candidates must also meet the eligibility requirements for a BOF postdoctoral fellowship.

Eligibility requirements for a BOF postdoctoral fellowship

  • Candidates must be eligible to submit a new application for a Junior or Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship at the FWO Flanders in a next application round;
  • Note that candidates for a Junior Postdoctoral Fellowship who can no longer apply for a junior-fellowship in a next application round, but who can apply for a senior fellowship , are still eligible for a BOF postdoctoral fellowship;
  • Candidates can obtain a BOF Postdoctoral Fellowship only once in their career, either after applying for an FWO Junior Postdoctoral Fellowship, or after applying for an FWO Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship. If a candidate has obtained a BOF Postdoctoral Fellowship after applying for an FWO Junior Postdoctoral Fellowship, this candidate can no longer obtain a BOF Postdoctoral Fellowship after applying for an FWO Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship.

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