Advice, selection- and evaluation criteria Clinical PhD Fellowships


The FWO demands a letter of recommendation of the supervisor (and co-supervisors, if applicable). The supervisor makes an undertaking to assist the PhD student closely and to ensure sufficient coaching and guidance to facilitate the latter in completing a PhD within the period of the fellowship.


  • research capability and potential (including course results)
  • research skills and methodology
  • scientific independence
  • originality and innovative nature of the project
  • feasibility of the project
  • purposefulness of the project
  • quality of coaching and assistance


  • research ability and skills of the PhD candidates
  • state of progress of the doctoral thesis
  • quality of the doctoral thesis
  • quality of the published results
  • clinical experience and independency of the candidate