Senior postdoctoral fellowship

Eligibility FWO postdoc



The postdoctoral fellowship is a personal fellowship for a period of 3 years.

The postdoctoral fellowships are intended to support researchers who have only recently completed their PhD, in developing an independent, international research career. For the funding of a limited number of fellowships, the FWO collaborates with VITO.

There is a flexible bench fee available (4.000 - 10.000 euro per year).

The FWO is the employer and Ghent University is the host institution.


  •  You hold a PhD by thesis or a degree or a diploma or certificate recognized as equivalent in accordance with European Union directives or a bilateral agreement
  • You can apply for a senior postdoctoral fellowship if your PhD was obtained minimum 3 years before and not longer than 6 years before 1 October of the year in which the fellowship would start, or will be obtained at 1 June of that year at the latest
  • You have not previously received a similar fellowship (not even in part)
  • You can apply maximum two times for the same fellowship
  • You can always apply for a senior postdoctoral fellowship if you have previously enjoyed a junior postdoctoral fellowship. In that case, the senior postdoctoral fellowship must immediately follow the junior postdoctoral fellowship.
  • You can also apply if you have not had a postdoctoral fellowship from the FWO before. In that case, you must prove that you have a postdoctoral research experience of minimum 2 years on 1 October of the year in which the fellowship commences (declaration by the Flemish host institution, see template e-portal)


  • Call: September
  • Submission deadline: 2 December 2019
  • You contact a supervisor affiliated to a Flemish university or research institute, who will be asked by the FWO to write a letter of recommendation
  • You complete your application via the FWO e-loket
  • After the preselection, you can be invited for a second round with interview
  • If you are selected for the second round, you'll be interviewed by the panel in April or May


Publication of the results: in June via the FWO website.

The fellowship starts 1 October or 1 November of the year of selection.

More information

  • You can find the regulations and more information via the FWO website (official & binding documents: regulations in Dutch on the FWO website)
  • You can find the presentation about the transitional measures here.
  • Manual export publications 


Research Department