Junior postdoctoral fellowship

Eligibility FWO postdoc


The postdoctoral fellowship is a personal fellowship for a period of 3 years.

The postdoctoral fellowships are intended to support researchers who have only recently completed their PhD, in developing an independent, international research career. For the funding of a limited number of fellowships, the FWO collaborates with VITO.

There is a flexible bench fee available (4.000 - 10.000 euro per year).

The FWO is the employer and Ghent University is the host institution.


  • You hold a PhD by thesis or a degree or a diploma or certificate recognised as equivalent in accordance with European Union directives or a bilateral agreement
  • You can apply for a junior postdoctoral fellowship if your PhD was obtained not longer than 3 years before 1 October of the year in which the fellowship would start, or will be obtained at 1 June of that year at the latest
  • You have not previously received a similar fellowship (not even in part)
  • You can apply maximum two times for the same fellowship. You can apply for a senior postdoctoral fellowship immediately after you junior postdoctoral fellowship
  • You can consult the transitional measures at the FWO website


  • Call: September
  • Submission deadline: 2 December 2019
  • You contact a supervisor affiliated to a Flemish university or research institute, who will be asked by the FWO to write a letter of recommendation (≠ a standard impersonal letter).
  • You complete your application via the FWO e-loket
  • After the preselection, you can be invited for a second round with interview
  • If you are selected for the second round, you'll be interviewed by the panel in April or May
  • NO INTERVIEW ROUND THIS YEAR! Please see https://www.fwo.be/nl/actueel/nieuws/noodscenario-huidige-ronde-postdoctorale-aanvragen/


Publication of the results: in June via the FWO website.

The fellowship starts 1 October or 1 November of the year of selection.

More information

  • You can find the regulations and more information via the FWO website (official & binding documents: regulations in Dutch on the FWO website)
  • You can find the presentation about the transitional measures here
  • Manual export publications 


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