Advice, selection- and evaluation criteria Postdoctoral fellowship


The applications will be evaluated by the FWO-Expertpanels, who will judge the qualifications of the candidates. The Expertpanels will give an advice to the Board. The Board of Trustees makes the final decision.

The FWO demands a letter of recommendation from the head of the research department.

Each applicant, should propose ten external referees. From this list, the FWO will invite a number of referees to evaluate the application in writing.

Referees need to comply with the criteria stipulated in article 12, §4 of the FWO Regulations on Internal and External Peer Review.


  • research capability and potential (including course results)
  • research skills and methodology
  • scientific background of the candidate
  • scientific independence
  • originality and innovative nature of the project
  • mobility of the applicant
  • feasibility of the project
  • purposefulness of the project


  • research ability and skills
  • national and international level of the publications
  • involvement of research team