Sabbatical leave


The grant for a sabbatical leave supports researchers, affiliated to one of the eligible host institutions in the Flemish Community (see regulations Article 1), by offering them the opportunity to dedicate 3 months to 1 year entirely to their scientific research. This funding allows them to be released from their teaching duties during this period.


  • Grant amount: 2,500 EUR/month.
  • The allowance is paid to the host institution and can be used to provide for a replacement for the applicant or to support his/her research.
  • Submission deadlines: until the 1st of April inclusive (5:00 PM) and until the 1st of October inclusive (5:00 PM)
  • Announcement of results:  via the head of the host institution and via a personal letter to the applicant

Profile and conditions

  • At the start of the grant for a sabbatical leave, you fulfill at least one of the following requirements:
    • you hold a ZAP‐ position of at least 80% at a Flemish university, or
    • you are appointed for at least 80% as a ZAP-member to the Evangelical Protestant Faculty in Leuven or to the Faculty for Protestant Theology in Brussels, or
    • you are appointed for at least 80% as an (associated) professor or (full) professor (or positions with equivalent English titles) with PhD to
      • the Hogere Zeevaartschool, or to
      • the Vlerick Management School, or to
      • the Antwerp Management School, or to
      • the Institute of Tropical Medicine, or
    • you hold a salaried ZAP-position of 5% at a Flemish university ánd you are clinical head or deputy-clinical head or you hold an equivalent position in a university hospital.


  • You must submit your application to the head of your host institution in due time. (Please note: for submissions after the 1st of April 2017 the new application form needs to be used.)
  • The head of your host institution forwards the application to the FWO at least 3 months before the start of the sabbatical leave, prior to the submission deadline: the 1st of April (5:00 PM) or the 1st of October (5:00 PM).
  • Your application is submitted to the Panel for International Scientific Contacts (CIWC).

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