PhD fellowship

There will be no new call for this type of fellowship. It will be replaced by PhD fellowship fundamental research of which the first call opens in December 2018


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 € 2.015,51
  • Fixed bench fee:  €3,720/year
  • Announcement of results: 27 June 2018
  • Start of fellowship: 1 October 2018
  • Success rate 2017: 21,31%

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

Transitional measure: in application year 2019, applications can still be made under the old seniority rules if it is not the first application and the candidate has not yet exhausted the number of applications allowed under the old regulations.

The following scheme gives an overview of the rules that apply depending on the year in which you submit(ted) (2017, 2018 or 2019).


  • 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 allocation of the number of fellowships to be granted by each panel
  • The Board of Trustees decides on the appointment.
  • You can ask for feedback on the decision.
  • More information

Regulations and downloads