The aim of the programme is to help early stage ambitious and excellent researchers develop new research skills, transferable skills and a view on career options in an academic research, industrial or public setting.
The fellowship is awarded to outstanding researchers from all over the world who recently obtained a PhD, before the recruitment date and less than 60 months prior, from any country and from any of the disciplines as represented at Leiden University, Delft University of Technology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Leiden University Medical Centre or Erasmus Medical Centre, who have not spent more than 12 months in the Netherlands in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date.
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 with options for internships and collaboration at the partner institutions and their public and industrial collaborators.
The LEaDing Fellows Programme is advertised via a wide selection of relevant websites for example: the host institutions’ websites; EURAXESS; Academic Transfer; vacancy sites of selected, major, scientific journals; 4TU network of universities of technology in the Netherlands; Leiden Delft Erasmus strategic alliance website; academicpositions.eu; Academic Careers Online.
- Quality of the research proposal.
- Quality of the individual training plan.
- Quality of applicant’s track record.
The proposal needs to be sufficiently related to the disciplines as represented at Leiden University, Delft University of Technology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Leiden University Medical Centre or Erasmus Medical Centre.
The LEaDing Fellows Panel is responsible for candidate selection. They will, together with external peers, shortlist the applications based on the selection criteria. Then, the LEaDing Fellows Panel will invite external peers to assess and rank the shortlisted applications, applying the selection criteria. When necessary, Candidates ranked around the cut-off point are invited for a skype interview. The LEaDing Fellows Steering Committee will decide on the final invitation list.
Fellows will be offered a full-time, fixed term employment contract for a period of 24 months.
Fellows are funded by the institution of appointment which receives a subsidy from the EU under the MC COFUND scheme which partly covers the salary costs.
The first call: February- March 2017 for 20 positions; appointment: 24 months, between 1 November 2017 and 30 April 2020.
The second call: November- December 2017, for 40 positions; appointment 24 months, between 1 August 2018 and 31 January 2021.
The third call: August – September 2018, for 30 positions; appointment: 24 months between 1 May 2019 and 31 October 2021.