Faculty Mobility and sabbatical Fund (FacMob)

The faculty considers mobility in the context of research as an obvious part of the career of each researcher. Do you have one of the following modalities scheduled then you can apply for funding with the Faculty Mobility and sabbatical Fund (FacMob).

COVID-19 guidelines for submitting a new FacMob application: Only new FacMob credits are granted for research mobility that falls within the  UGent guidelines and with a positive travel advice from Ghent University and the host institution.

Simultaneous FWO application required for outgoing mobility: To be eligible for funding from the Faculty Mobility and sabbatical Fund a simultaneous FWO application is required (except for incoming mobility). The deadline for the FWO-submission is no later than 3 months prior to the departure date. Additional regulations can be found in the Faculty Mobility Rules.

Outgoing mobility: Conference, workshop or course

Funding for attending an international conference, workshop or course in Belgium and abroad, giving priority to young pre- and postdoctoral researchers (ZAP-members do not belong to the target group).

Application form

Exceptional FacMob grant in response to COVID-19 pandemic: Registration fee for online participation in conferences

The resources of the Faculty Mobility and Sabbatical Fund (FacMob) are usually reserved for the funding of outgoing and incoming mobility of researchers. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic's limited possibilities for business trips, more and more conferences are being organised online or hybrid (partly online and partly physically). To meet this need, the FacMob temporarily grants credits for the registration fee for online conferences organised before 1 January 2023.

Award criteria

Application form

Outgoing mobility: Research stay abroad

Funding to give pre- and postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to undertake research in a foreign research institution (including intersectoral mobility to a non-academic institution). Full-time professorial staff (ZAP) members and part-time professorial staff (ZAP) members with a full-time UGent and/or UZ Gent appointment are also eligible. The goal of such collaboration is to bring the researcher's ongoing research in their own research group to a higher level, to facilitate international collaboration and for the researcher's personal and professional enrichment. The length of the research stay abroad is a minimum of 2 weeks and a maximum of 6 months.

Application form

Outgoing mobility: Research sabbatical (leave for a scientific assignment)

Funding to encourage researchers at Ghent University (appointed full-time professorial staff (ZAP) members or part-time professorial staff (ZAP) members with a full-time UGent and/or UZ Gent appointment) to stay with a research institution (university, research institute, research department in a company or hospital) for at least 3 and at most 12 months to gain expertise that could provide significant added value to Ghent University. Priority will be given to research sabbaticals abroad but also a home sabbatical at Ghent University is possible.

Application form

Facultair beleid onderzoekssabbaticals (Only in Dutch)

Report after the research sabbatical

Incoming mobility: research stay of a foreign researcher

Funding to attract foreign postdoctoral researchers whose expertise will provide significant added value to Ghent University research group. The foreign postdoctoral researchers must be able to demonstrate at least 2 years of postdoctoral experience and must be internationally renowned for their expertise and research experience. The length of the research stay is a minimum of 1 week and a maximum of 6 months.

Application form

Incoming mobility: foreign guest speaker as part of a faculty research event

Funding of foreig guest speakers (employed by a university or research institution outside Belgium and with at least 5 years of postdoctoral experience) as an incentive for organizing scientific seminars, conferences and symposia within the Faculty. By inviting high-quality foreign experts the Faculty wants to create an international research setting and more research cooperation. This mobility will be, depending on the availability of the budget of the FacMob, announced and granted ad hoc.

Application form


Additional information                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Secretariat of the Faculty Mobility and sabbatical Fund: Bart Bontinck                                                                                               Employee Scientific Research Committee: Charlotte Crokaerts                                                                                                                                                                 Chairman and Vice-chairman of the Faculty Mobility and sabbatical Fund: Prof. Wim Derave and Prof. Robrecht Raedt