PhD fellowship


The PhD Fellowship is the most important funding channel to prepare young and promising researchers to complete their PhD.  For the funding of a limited number of fellowships, the FWO collaborates with:  SCK•CEN, L'Oreal-Unesco and VITO. The PhD research must be fundamental in nature.


  • Period: 2 years, renewable once
  • Net scholarship amount:  minimum € 1,897.76
  • Fixed bench fee:  €3,720/year
  • Call closed
  • Announcement of results: 28 June 2017
  • Start of fellowship: 1 October 2017
  • Success rate 2016: 20,44%

Profile and conditions

  • You have a master degree from one of the countries of the EU or the EER  or Switzerland.
  • If, on October 1, you are older than 31 years, you must have obtained this degree no longer than 5 years ago (see regulations for details).
  • You have not previously received an FWO fellowship (not even in part).
  • You can apply maximum two times for the same fellowship.
  • On 1 October you have three years scientific seniority at most.
  • You agree with the Research Integrity Clause


  • You contact a supervisor affiliated to a Flemish university
  • The supervisor undertakes to properly coach and guide you as doctorandus. 
  • The supervisor is asked by the FWO to write a letter of recommendation.
  • You complete your application online
  • The applications are submitted to the FWO Expertpanels.
  • The Expertpanels compile a ranking.
  • The Board of Trustees decides on the appointment.
  • You can ask for feedback on the decision.
  • More information

Regulations and downloads