Who is eligible?

Each year, the Niels Stensen Fellowship Committee awards seven grants to enable young, recent postdoctoral students to gain international experience abroad early in their careers. Graduates scheduled to complete their PhD in the near future may also be nominated. The requirements are outlined in an invitation sent each year, in February/March, to professors at Dutch universities and research institutes.


The Niels Stensen Fellowship Committee is looking for young postdoctoral researchers who have shown outstanding ability in research and knowledge transfer. The fellowship is open to all academic disciplines.


Candidates must meet the following criteria:

• Candidates must have been awarded their PhD within the past year, or be scheduled to be awarded their PhD soon, from a Dutch university. The date of the PhD award should be between 15 June of last year and 15 June of next year (a statement that the thesis committee has approved the thesis should have been received by us no later than 31 December).
• Candidates must be socially committed and must demonstrate this commitment in an essay on how their research relates to society. A socially committed researcher works with integrity, has developed a personal vision on the relevance and the impact of their research, engages in a dialogue with society and demonstrates a willingness to share their knowledge with colleagues, students and the public at large. The Committee judges these essays on: authenticity, unselfishness, versatility and environmental awareness (see FAQ's for more information).
• The research project must be carried out at a reputable university or institute abroad at which the candidate has not carried out research or studied for more than three months during the course of their PhD.
• The research project must start between 1 January and 1 September of the following year and must last 9 to 12 months. A stay in excess of this period is possible, in consultation, but it would not be financially supported by the Niels Stensen Fellowship.
• It is the candidate's intention to return to the Netherlands after the research project in order to assume a position at a Dutch university or research institute.