FWO - PhD Fellowship strategic basic research

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Wednesday 19 December 2018 at 10:30 am - Academieraadzaal Aula, Volderstraat 9 (Ghent)

* SB fellowships (FWO): Fellowships for strategic basic research of 2 x 2 years for research with an economic finality on the long term
* Aspirant fellowship fundamental research (FWO): fellowships fundamental research of 2 x 2 years to prepare young and promising researchers to complete their Phd.  
* Baekeland mandates (VLAIO): PhD research in close collaboration with a company for a period of 4 years


The FWO supports fundamental and basic scientific research, stimulates international cooperation and promotes equal opportunity.

The FWO Fellowships strategic basic research are available to young researches who intend to obtain a PhD degree by research at a Flemish institution. The research has to be aimed at economical valorisation on the long term.


Two terms of 2 years

Who can apply?

    • Master degree graduation no longer than 3 years ago
    • Master degree from EEA (EU, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein) or Switzerland
    • No more than 18 months of scientific work experience at submission date
    • Your promoter: ZAP, ERC grant holder or promoter of Odysseus II project

      How does it work?

      1. Online application (in English): Deadline 1 March 2019 (17:00)
      2. Your promoter is asked by the FWO to write a letter of recommendation (≠ a standard unpersonal letter)
      3. Preselection by the expert panel (= first round)
      4. Oral defense to an international expert panel (in English) (= second round)
      5. Scoring on 3 criteria: Candidate, project and application potential
      6. Decision by Board of Trustees: October 2019
      7. Feedback
      8. Start of fellowship: 1 November 2019

      How much funding is involved?

      • Monthly scholarship: min. 1.897,76 EUR / month
      • Bench fee: 3.720 EUR / year

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