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Application Deadline:  March 01, 2023

The Fellowships offer women researchers a stay in an interdisciplinary and international academic environment at NIAS-KNAW in Amsterdam for a period of one semester. Exempted from regular administrative, (and/or) clinical and teaching tasks, the researchers get the opportunity to focus on broadening and deepening their research and writing publications or grant proposals.

The Dutch FWiS fellowship programme is part of a prestigious international programme that is a collaboration between Unesco and L’Oréal. Since 1998, more than 3900 women from 110 countries have received a fellowship or award. Five of them have gone on to win a Nobel Prize, including the Nobel Prize winners of 2020 for Chemistry, Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Women researchers with 3 to 10 years of post-PhD academic experience (Veni/Vidi level) may apply.
    Maternity leave, part-time work and family care will be taken into account and, if applicable, the
    upper limit of 10 years can be extended by up to 18 months per child.
  • Applicants submit a proposal on a current research topic in the Life Sciences or in the STEM
    disciplines. The Life Sciences are defined as research focusing on scientific and engineering
    knowledge that contribute to the understanding of the underlying processes in the existence of
    living organisms. This includes the study of conditions of health and disease in humans. It implies
    a comprehensive and integrated approach which may also include the humanities and social
    sciences, while at the same time doing justice to a solid foundation in the natural sciences.
    Additionally, STEM is defined as the exact sciences, including research in the fields of technology,
    engineering and maths.
  • As the aim of this programme is to increase the number of women professors in the Netherlands by
    improving the career prospects of women researchers, only researchers with a permanent or
    temporary contract3 at a Dutch university or research institute are eligible to apply. Zero-hour
    contracts or visiting researcher positions do not apply.


  • Two grants of € 30,000 each are available annually to fund the costs of two fellowships at NIASKNAW in Amsterdam which include the provision of an office, computer, research facilities.
  • Depending on the distance between NIAS-KNAW and a fellow’s home, either accommodation or a daily travel allowance will be allocated.
  • The holder of the fellowship may be eligible to apply for replacement funds to cover the costs of teaching, administrative or clinical tasks.
  • FWiS fellows are eligible to apply for funds to cover the additional expenses of childcare made
    during their fellowship.

Visit the official website for details and application