WIAS graduate programme

The WIAS Graduate Programme call 2022 involves the funding of (a maximum of) three PhD positions and aims to stimulate talented MSc students of WU to obtain their PhD through research at one of the WIAS chair groups on a subject of their choice.

The call for the WIAS graduate programme is open to all MSc students from Wageningen University who graduate in 2022. The proposals must be written by the candidate with feedback from the anticipated supervisors of the project. All applications need to be accompanied by a letter of support from the main supervisor(s) of the project and must be submitted latest on 15 August 2022 to Nicole Rodenburg (nicole.rodenburg@WUR.nl).

The grant covers the 4-year salary costs of the candidate. Research costs are to be covered by the chair group that is hosting the PhD candidate.

Conditions for application

  • The daily supervisor/promotor is a WIAS member
  • The project is based on the involvement of at least two WIAS chair groups from one cluster
  • The candidate has obtained or will obtain his/her WU MSc degree in 2022

Selection of the candidates

A selection committee, composed of WIAS scientific staff, WIAS Board members and/or members of the WIAS International Advisory Board, will assess the submissions based on:

  • Quality of the candidate (30%)

  1. Motivation of the candidate

  2. CV of the candidate

  3. Interview

  • Scientific quality and originality (40%)
  • Scientific and/or societal impact of the proposed research (20%)
  • Relevance of the proposed research for the WIAS mission (10%)

From the applications a maximum of six candidates will be invited to present themselves and their research in an interactive session with the selection committee. In the presentation the candidate is asked to elaborate on the research project and their motivation. The selection committee will base its final judgement on the proposal, review reports, presentation and the interview. The exact date of the interviews will be announced later. The granted PhD projects must start latest on 1 December 2022.

Time schedule

15 August 2022 Deadline submission proposals

15 August – 30 September Peer review procedure

15 October 2022 Announcement of selected candidates for interview

end October 2022 Interviews and decision


Application form WIAS graduate programme 2022