Renewed programme: Junior postdoctoral fellowship


The postdoctoral fellowships are intended to support researchers who have only recently completed their PhD, in developing an independent, international research career. For the funding of a limited number of fellowships, the FWO collaborates with VITO.


  • Period: 3 years
  • Salary scale: minimum € 4,053.81 - maximum € 6,319.49
  • Deadline: 3 December 2018
  • Announcement of results: June 2019
  • Start of fellowship: 1 October 2019 of 1 November 2019 (at the choice of the candidate)

Profile and conditions

  • You hold a PhD by thesis or a degree or a diploma or certificate recognised as equivalent in accordance with European Union directives or a bilateral agreement
  • You can apply for a junior postdoctoral fellowship in the first 3 years after obtaining your PhD (date of PhD degree), calculated from October 1 of the year in which the fellowship commences.
  • You have not previously received a similar fellowship (not even in part).
  • You can apply maximum two times for the same fellowship.You can apply for a senior postdoctoral fellowship immediately after you junior postdoctoral fellowship
  • You agree with the Research Integrity Clause
  • Transitional measures


  • You contact a supervisor affiliated to a Flemish university
  • 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.
  • in March, after the preseslection, you can be invited for a second round with interview
  • If you are selected for the second round, you'll be interviewed by the panel in the month May or June
  • The Expertpanels report to the Board of Trustees
  • The Board of Trustees decides on the appointment.
  • You can ask for feedback on the decision.

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