Grant for a long stay at an ERC Grantee abroad


Are you planning to submit an ERC grant application (starting, consolidator, or advanced) in the near future? Do you want to strengthen your ERC application by further sharpening your international research experience and by improving your research profile and vision? If so, it might be of interest to you to go abroad and conduct research in the excellent research environment of a former or current ERC Grantee (starting, consolidator of advanced).

Since the autumn of 2016 the FWO offers ‘grants for a long stay at an ERC Grantee abroad’ to make this possible. This travel grant has a minimum and maximum duration of 1 month and 6 months respectively.

The idea behind this travel grant was proposed by the ERC. The mission of the ERC is to support groundbreaking research in all scientific disciplines. With respect to this, the ERC encourages national/regional governments, organizations, … to financially support future ERC applicants who want to perform a study visit to former and current ERC Grantees.

In the spring of 2016, 2017 and 2018 the ERC launched a call asking European governments, organizations, … to express their interest in setting up such a mobility scheme. The FWO signed up to this initiative three times. An overview of all interested partner organizations – among which the FWO – was spread among all current ERC Grantees. They were asked if they would be willing to welcome researcher supported by this research grant in their research group. The result of this survey is available upon request ( Please note that current ERC grantees that or not on this list or former ERC grantees are also eligible.


  • Stay abroad of minimum 1 – maximum 6 months.
  • Destination: current or former ERC grant holder abroad.
    An overview of interested ERC Grantees is available upon request ( Please note that former and current ERC grant holders that are not on this list are also eligible.
  • The grant covers:

Profile and conditions

  • You hold a Ph.D.
  • Throughout the entire period of your stay abroad, you hold an appointment of minimum 50% to a university or university hospital in the Flemish Community or to a federal or Flemish scientific institute (see regulations for more detailed information).
  • You are obliged to submit an ERC application (starting, consolidator, or advanced) within the two ERC-calls after your return and you should inform the FWO about this submission via e-mail (

Application procedure

  • You submit your application in English no later than 3 months prior to the departure date, using the application form below (via ).
  • You propose a list of 3 external referees (regulations to see who is eligible). Please be aware that persons appointed to a Belgian university/research institute/any other organization; and persons affiliated to the foreign host organization are not eligible!

  • One referee will be asked for advice.
  • You should attach to your application form the following documents:
    • An invitation (Letter of Intent) of the foreign host institution.
    • A recommendation letter (Letter of Support) of the foreign researcher who will be hosting you;
    • An outline of your future ERC application.
  • Your application is submitted to the International Collaboration Committee (CIWC).

Please be aware that the International collaboration committee (CIWC) has no meeting in August.

Regulations and downloads

The following forms are available on the FWO e-portal:

  • Notification of a stay abroad.