Programme overview

The ‘LEaDing Fellows Postdoc Programme’ will provide 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 Center, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus Medical Center and Delft University of Technology.

Marie Curie COFUND Programme

LEaDing Fellows' is a Marie Curie COFUND programme and will run from February 2017 till February 2022. The aim is to provide opportunities for international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary research training, as well as transnational and cross-sectoral mobility, by offering open recruitment and attractive working conditions.


What is unique about the Fellowship?

As a fellow you will be 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.

Applicants may tune their research to any existing or new collaborations between the partners, such as the Leiden Erasmus Delft Centres and Medical Delta. Their research may also play a role in partners’ initiatives with external parties such as: The Hague Security Delta; Holland Particle Therapy Centre (HollandPTC); Clean Tech Delta; Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS); Erasmus Smart Port Rotterdam, or other industrial or public partners.

Cooperating with non-academic partners such as established businesses, start-up technology companies, government authorities and other public organisations can open up new career prospects for the selected postdocs. The researchers will be introduced to their supervisors’ networks but also invited to make their own contacts in public and private organisations in the region.

The wide variety of disciplines covered at the five partner institutions results in a situation in which each postdoc will find an opportunity to deepen skills levels 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.

Calls for applications

Call Open Deadline Number of positions Appointment
1 1 February 2017 31 March 2017 20 24 months, between 1 November 2017 and 30 April 2020
2 1 November 2017 31 December 2018 40 24 months, between 1 August 2018 and 31 January 2021
3 1 August 2018 30 September 2018 30 24 months, between 1 May 2019 and 31 October 2021