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FAQ LEaDing Fellows Postdoc Programme

The potential post-doc applies with an own research proposal in one of the research fields covered at the LEaDing Fellows institutions. Commitment from a hosting group at one of the institution is an obligatory part of the application.

You can apply if you obtain your PhD prior 1st of May 2019. Obtained your PhD includes the defence of the PhD thesis.

If you expect to obtain your PhD between the call deadline and the recruitment date (1st of May 2019), you should include a statement from your supervisor/promotor stating the expected date of the PhD degree. If the degree is after the recruitment date or you cannot provide the certificate ultimately on the 1st of May 2019, you will not be found eligible and the application will be rejected.

You can apply if you obtained your PhD after 1st of May 2014.

This application window can be extended with 6 months for pregnancy (per child born the Phd Award ), parental leave (up to 6 months per child born before or after the Phd Award), training for medical specialists (max. 3 years) or compulsory and reserve military service (actual time). Evidencing documentation must be added to the application as an annex.

Applicants of all nationalities are eligible, unless national, international or European legislation or embargos prohibit specific (combinations of (sub) disciplines and) countries of origin.

Applicants shall not have spent more than 12 months in the Netherlands between 1st of May 2016 and 1st of May 2019.

All requirements can be found in the Guide for Applicants which can be found here.

Overviews of all research fields covered at the LEaDing Fellows partners can be found here. In these overviews you can also find the contact information of people to approach to secure a good fit within a research group and to get commitment. The format of the letter of commitment can be found here.

In principle, researchers are employed full-time, unless duly justified reasons associated with personal or family reasons require a part-time appointment. The minimum appointment is 0,8fte.

If you have lived in the Netherlands or worked at one of the partners for less than 12 months during the last 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date, you will be eligible for a fellowship.

A fellowship cannot be awarded to researchers who are already permanently employed by the institution where the research training activities take place.

Yes. Even though you have previously applied for the programme in an earlier call, there is no impediment for you to apply again. Please make sure you fulfill the eligible criteria.

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No, references, footnotes and bibliographic data can make up the total pages more than 3.

Fellows recruited in the 1st call have started their fellowship between 1st of November 2017 and 1st of May 2018.

For the second call the starting date of the fellowship will be between 1st of August 2018 and 31st of January 2019.

For the third call the starting date will be between 1 June 2019 and 30 November 2019.

The LEaDing Fellows Programme will fund a total of 90 fellowships over a period of five years.

20 fellowships will be funded in the 1st call, 40 fellowships in the 2nd call, 30 fellowships in the 3rd call.

A LEaDing Fellowship can be carried out at one of the programme partners. Leiden University, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Delft University of Technology, Erasmus University Medical Centre or Leiden University Medical Centre.


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LEaDing Fellows Programme Office

LEaDing Fellows Programme Office

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