Comenius grant: get inspired by the current winner

The aim of the Comenius Programme is to help teaching staff put their ideas to innovate education into practice. The programme offers grants to Teaching Fellows, Senior Fellows and Leadership Fellows. The Fellows are distinguished on the basis of their experience and the extent of their impact on education.

Brigitte Hoogendoorn, Assistant Professor in Applied Economics at Erasmus School of Economics, won the 2020 Comenius Senior Fellowship for education innovation for her project called ‘Learning Menu’. This project aims to differentiate small-scaled education in the Dutch and international Bachelor programmes Economics and Business Economics.

What made you decide to submit a Comenius application?
"What is normal for top research is also for top education! Moreover, this helps to expand your network with other innovative education professionals outside the context of the EUR. Everyone can benefit from that!"

How did the application process work for you?
"The process is long and requires good coordination, especially for the financial substantiation. It sharpens your thoughts well."

Erasmus School of Economics

Why is educational innovation important to EUR?
"Education is our primary task, we owe quality education to our students, innovative top education in which we can distinguish ourselves."

Do you have any other tips for colleagues who are considering an application?
"Create a reading group around you from different levels: people with experience with Comenius, outsiders and stakeholders. Regularly ask for feedback to sharpen your story especially of people you know they are critical."

More information

Want to request a Comenius grant?

Do you have an educational innovation project or have you been inspired to further develop your innovation and can it still use financing? Make sure you have submitted a letter of intent for a Comenius grant before the  31st of August.

The EUR does have the opportunity to apply for a Leadership Fellow (one submission per institute). If you want to apply for a Leadership Fellow, please contact the Community for Learning & Innovation via cli@eur.nl on 3 July at the latest. The Executive Board of the EUR will then form a jury and decide on the candidate on 17 July at the latest.

You can also apply for a Senior Fellowship (one submission per school) and a Teaching Fellowship (unlimited).

Read more about the Comenius programme and the different kind of fellowships at the website of NRO and NWO