About the programme

About LEaDing Fellows Programme

The LEaDing Fellows Programme provides 90 researchers from all over the world who recently obtained a PhD, with the opportunity to gain two years of work experience in the challenging, internationally acclaimed and multidisciplinary environment offered by Leiden University, Leiden University Medical Centre, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus Medical Centre and Delft University of Technology.

Marie Curie COFUND Programme

The LEaDing Fellows Programme is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND which will run from January 2017 till January 2022. The positions are offered in three calls: February-March 2017, November-December 2017 and August-September 2018. The aim of the programme is to provide opportunities for international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary research training. More general information about Marie Curie COFUND can be found here.

What is unique about the Fellowship?

As a fellow you are offered the unique chance to establish your own research programme in research projects embedded in the three universities and their medical centres. The wide variety of disciplines covered at the five partner institutions results in a situation in which each postdoc finds an opportunity to deepen skills in their main sub-discipline or broaden their research scope by developing skills in adjacent fields of research. The research fields of the five partners can be found here.

Fellows are employed by one of the five partners and are encouraged to take up internships at one of the other partners. Additionally we offer the possibility to work in our multidisciplinary Leiden-Delft-Erasmus centres and in Medical Delta and/or participate in research activities with our public or industrial collaborators.

All five partners are deeply involved in cooperation with non-academic partners such as local start-up incubators and science parks, public government bodies and industry. There is wide variety of options for cooperation with several partners in industry, government, start-ups or societal organisations. High-tech start-ups and mature companies are located near or on campus. This situation provides a wealth of opportunities for LEaDing Fellows to become involved in activities involving non-academic partners.

We offer a working environment with extensive cutting edge research infrastructure and excellent training opportunities.