Funding and WIAS Fellowships

Visiting scientist fellowship 

Deadline: 1 September 2023

The visiting scientist fellowships are meant to give staff members the chance to invite external researchers to spend a few months at a WIAS chair group. This grant covers living expenses up to €1000 per month and travel costs to and from Wageningen and will be administered via the chair group of the staff member. 

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  • Financial support for a stay of up to 6 months in 2023
  • Budget meant to cover the costs of travel to Wageningen (including visa) and living expenses
  • Not meant for extending stay of WIAS PhD candidates
  • The visiting scientist should contribute to the research of the hosting chair group
  • The visiting scientist should actively contribute to WIAS (e.g. giving PhD course, seminars, lecture, etc.)
  • Within 4 weeks after the visit, a short evaluation (1/2 A4) is sent to WIAS

Selection is based upon: 

  • Quality of the scientist
  • Envisaged contribution to WIAS and the scientific community of Wageningen University
  • Expectations on establishing international networks or long-term work relations

All WIAS staff members may apply for a Visiting Scientist fellowship by submitting the application form and supporting documents. 

The call can be found here: Call WIAS visiting Scientist fellowship

PhD travel fellowship 


Deadline: tba

The PhD travel fellowship allows WIAS PhD candidates to visit a research institute/university abroad. Fieldwork or other research that is already covered in the original PhD project is not eligible for this fellowship. This grant covers expenses up to €1000 per month with a maximum of €3500 (including travel costs) and will be administered via the chair group of the PhD candidate.  

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  • Financial support for a stay of up to 4 months to perform research at a research institute or university abroad in 2023
  • Budget meant to cover the costs of travel and living expenses
  • Approved WIAS research proposal and TSP
  • Clear added value to the research project of the PhD candidate (the visit should be an extra activity that is initiated by the PhD candidate, not an integral part of the original project as described in the project proposal)
  • Written confirmation of host institute before reimbursement
  • Within 4 weeks after the visit, a short evaluation (1/2 A4) should be sent to WIAS

Selection is based upon:

All WIAS PhD candidates may apply for a PhD fellowship by submitting the application form and supporting documents. 

Postdoc grant proposal writing fellowship

Deadline: tba 

The postdoc writing fellowship gives postdocs the opportunity to spend 3 months on writing a grant proposal that primarily contributes to the scientific career of the candidate (such as NWO-Veni proposal). 

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The grant consists of 3 months of salary with payment of overhead.


  • The activity should take place in 2023
  • PhD graduation less than six years ago
  • Approval of the chair holder
  • Mention the funding source and application deadline
  • The fellowship is not to be used as an extension of a PhD project
  • Postdocs can only receive this fellowship once
  • Grant budget is transferred to the chair group after proposal submission
  • A copy of the completed grant proposal is sent to WIAS
  • The grant proposal must be submitted to a suitable organisation (such as NWO) and WIAS should be informed about the outcome of the selection procedure (approved or not).

Selection is based upon:

  • Quality of the candidate
  • Quality of the proposal
  • Quality of host institute

All WIAS postdocs may apply for a postdoc fellowship by submitting the application form and supporting documents.  

WIAS graduate programme

Deadline: 15 August 2023

The WIAS Graduate Programme involves the funding of a PhD position 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. 

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The call for the WIAS graduate programme is open to all MSc students from Wageningen University who graduate in September 2022 - December 2023. 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 to Nicole Rodenburg ( 

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
  • Each WIAS promotor can only be part of maximum one application.
  • The candidate has obtained or will obtain his/her WU MSc degree in September 2022 - December 2023
  • The proposal should be in line with the WIAS mission

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 (40%)
    • Motivation of the candidate
    • CV of the candidate
    • Interview
  • Scientific quality and originality (30%)
  • Scientific and/or societal impact of the proposed research (30%)

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. 

Time schedule

15 August 2023 Deadline submission proposals
15 August - 30 September Peer review procedure
16 October 2023 Announcement of selected candidates for interview
end October 2023 Interviews and decision

Application form

Application form WIAS Graduate Programme 2023

Other calls

WGS Postdoc Talent programme

Deadline: 3 October 2023

The Postdoc Talent Programme offers talented researchers from abroad the opportunity to start a career at WUR. Applications should demonstrate the added value of the grant for the applicant’s career and the value of the applicant’s expertise for WUR. Talented eligible researchers can apply for a two-year position within one of the Wageningen University research groups. The position may result in an application for personal funding. For more information please click here.

Graduate School Green Top Sectors TKI 2023

Deadline: 3 October 2023

The aim of this programme is to facilitate innovative and high-quality scientific research within the research field of the top sectors Agri & Food and Horticulture & Starting Materials by engaging young talented researchers at the start of their career.

Who can apply?

This call is aimed at MSc students who have written their own PhD project. Staff members of the graduate schools EPS, PE&RC, WIAS, VLAG, WIMEK and WASS can apply as main applicant. The research subject must fit within the research missions of the Knowledge and Innovation Agendas of the top sectors indicated in the call text. Awarded projects will be funded by TKI funds (this is third stream funding).

For advice on whether a research subject fits the research missions of the top sectors T&U and A&F please contact

Application form Graduate School Green Top Sectors TKI 2023

Call for proposals Graduate School Green Top Sectors TKI 2023_NL

Call of proposals Graduate School Green Top Sectors TKI 2023