FWO – Research Foundation Flanders: Senior Clinical Investigator

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

The Senior Clinical Investigator Fellowship supports well educated doctors and researchers who want to pursue a full-fledged career in translational research.  The beneficiaries are released from clinical duties in order to focus on their research. Translational research bridges the gap between fundamental biomedical research, which is vital to any progress, and clinical research, which is focused on the patient.

Who can apply

  • You are a medical specialist, general practitioner or pharmacist specialist in clinical biology and have a full-time clinical role at a university hospital.
  • You hold a PhD. (The thesis defence must have taken place no later than 1 June preceding the fellowship)
  • You are employed at an academic hospital affiliated to a university in the Flemish Community.
  • As general practitioner, you are employed at a Flemish university department of general practitioner medicine throughout the duration of the fellowship.
  • You have an employment contract of indefinite duration.
  • You spend at least 80% of your time on purely clinical activities.


Period: 5-year part-time research, twice renewable.

How does it work?

  • You propose a list of 10 external referees (refer to the regulations to see who is eligible).
  • The head of the research unit writes a recommendation letter.
  • You complete your application online, deadline: 1st of March.
  • The Clinical Fellowships jury evaluates your application.
  • The jury compiles a final ranking.
  • The Board of Trustees endorses your appointment. 
  • Start of fellowship: 1 October.


  • The fellowship grant is half the salary paid by the university hospital, with a maximum of €50,000 per year.
  • For a general practitioner, the grant equals the salary of a part-time lecturer at the relevant university (taking account of seniority), with a maximum of €50,000 per year.

More information

  • Official & binding documents: regulations in Dutch on the FWO website.