FWO – Research Foundation Flanders: ICM-FWO Fellowship

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

The ICM-FWO Fellowship is a specific funding channel to prepare young and promising researchers to complete their PhD based on high-quality research in the field of management sciences, from various basic disciplines, interdisciplinary and practice-oriented.

Who can apply

  • You are of Belgian nationality or belong to one of the member states of the EU, the EEA or Switzerland. Non-EU candidates must have a basic degree from one of the countries of the EU or the EER  or Switzerland.
  • You hold a Master's degree.
  • If, on October 1, you are older than 31 years, you must have obtained this degree no longer than 5 years ago (see regulations for details).
  • You have not previously received an FWO fellowship (not even in part).
  • You can apply maximum two times for the same fellowship.
  • On 1 October you have three years scientific seniority at most.


Period: 1 years, renewable twice

How does it work?

  • You contact a supervisor affiliated to a Flemish university
  • The supervisor undertakes to properly coach and guide you as doctorandus.
  • The supervisor is asked by the FWO to write a letter of recommendation.
  • You complete your application online, deadline: 1st of February.
  • The FWO organizes an mandatory written admission test for candidates for an ICM-FWO Fellowship. At this admission test, candidates are asked to answer a number of transversal questions.
  • Applications of candidates who have passed the admission test are submitted to the ICM-FWO expert panel. Candidates orally defend their application to the expert panel.
  • The expert panel ranks the applications and present a funding proposal.
  • The Board of Trustees decides on the appointment (start: 1st of October).
  • You can ask for feedback on the decision.

How much funding is involved

  • Net scholarship amount:  minimum €1.860,55
  • Fixed bench fee:  €3.720/year from FWO
  • Study period abroad in the second year (payment of one round trip to host country + tuition fee up to 20.000 euro)

More information

Research Department