EUR Fellowships

Current facets (Pre-Master)

  • The EUR Fellowship grant is a meant as extra stimuli for talented researchers from Erasmus University Rotterdam. Due to the lack of budget and the growing competition within various funding schemes, it has become more difficult for researchers to obtain research funding from the NWO Talent Scheme and the European Commission H2020 programme. With the EUR Fellowship scheme, the Erasmus University Rotterdam wants to motivate talented researchers and facilitate them in writing a grant proposal, executing their research and evolve in their academic career.

  • Researchers who have submitted a proposal for a NWO Veni, NWO Vidi or an European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant and have received a good evaluation but were not funded due to budgetary reasons, can qualify for the EUR Fellowship at the first possible call deadline.

      • NWO Veni: Researchers who have received an excellent or very good in their Final Assessment Score in their evaluation report.
        • Excellent: 1,0 tot 1,4
        • Very good: 1,5 tot 3,4
      • NWO Vidi: Researchers who have received an excellent or very good in their Final Assessment Score in their evaluation report.
        • Excellent: 1,0 tot 1,4
        • Very good: 1,5 tot 3,4
      • ERC Starting Grant: the candidate needs to be through to Step 2 (invitation to the interview).
  • A total amount of € 1,410,000 is available each year for the EUR Fellowships. This amounts to six Veni EUR Fellowships and four Vidi/ERC Starting Grant Fellowships. If the juries are not convinced of the quality of the proposals, they can decide to award fewer fellowships in the concerning round.  

    Part of the budget for the EUR Fellowship is earmarked by the Ministry of Education for the execution of alfa- or gamma- research, therefore a maximum of 5 of the 10 Fellowships can be awarded to the Erasmus MC.

      • NWO Veni: € 135,000. This Fellowship can be used over a period of two years (in the event of a full-time appointment). Only the costs that are considered legitimate for a NWO Veni can be submitted for the EUR Fellowship. Only direct project costs (salary costs and equipment costs used to support the research project) can be financed by the EUR Fellowship. The faculty of the applying candidate is responsible for indirect costs such as salary costs for teaching, management tasks, and overhead.

        or;
      • NWO Vidi and ERC Starting Grant: € 150,000. When applying with an NWO Vidi or an ERC Starting grant the Fellowship can be used over a period of four years (in the event of a full-time appointment).
        In this Fellowship the candidate can apply for the following:
        1. For the purpose of the researcher itself;
        2. For the deployment of a Postdoc;
        3. For the deployment of a PhD candidate. (The faculty needs to provide the additional funding of the PHD after the € 150,000 until the amount needed to finance a four year fulltime deployment as PhD is reached).


        Only direct project costs (salary costs and equipment costs incurred in support of the research project) can be financed by the EUR Fellowship. The faculty is responsible for indirect costs such as salary costs for teaching, management tasks, and overhead.
    • The EUR Fellow must be appointed to a faculty of the Erasmus University Rotterdam for the term of the research project as described in the proposal. 

    • The EUR Fellowship can only be postponed, extended or suspended with the prior written permission of the Executive Board. The Board will grant permission in the case of a) pregnancy and birth, and b) other exceptional circumstances.

      If the researcher leaves the Erasmus University Rotterdam, or for any other reason discontinues all activities associated with the EUR Fellowship research, the funding will be ended immediately.  Discontinuation of all activities associated with the EUR Fellowship research must be explained in a letter submitted to the Executive Board.

    • During the fellowship, the EUR Fellows are asked to contribute to research related activities at the EUR for 3- half days. For example as a guest speaker at a research grant training, to be a member of a mock interview committee, or for scientific impact activities such as the EUR Science Hub.

    • Candidates for the EUR Fellowship must be nominated by a professor from the Erasmus University Rotterdam. The application must be submitted with the knowledge of the concerning funding officer and with the approval of the Dean of the faculty, or in the case of the Erasmus MC the head of department. Additional explanation, attachments or documents by the nominating professor, besides the formal template, will not be considered in the evaluation process. In the case of an application for the deployment of a Postdoc or a PhD, besides the candidate, the Dean, or in the case of the Erasmus MC head of department, should explicitly declare to agree to the deployment of the Postdoc or PhD and provide the resources necessary to do so.

    • The EUR Fellowship application should contain the following elements:

      • a) The complete Veni application as submitted to NWO.

        b) The Veni-evaluation report with the Final Assessment score.
        c) All NWO evaluations of the Veni application (including the final decision), and if available, all correspondence concerning the evaluations.
        d) A maximum of 1300 words containing the specific part of the NWO Veni proposal that will be executed in the EUR Fellowship. Please indicate clearly what adjustments have been made with regards to the original NWO Veni application. It is specifically not the intention that a completely new proposal is submitted.
        e) A modified version of the NWO Veni budget that fits within the terms and conditions of the EUR Fellowship. The modified budget must be consistent with the description of the elements to be carried out (Part d).
        f) A motivation from the candidate for the EUR Fellowship application.
        g) Details of the responsible professor: name, field of teaching, faculty, work address.

        h) Commitment letter of the Dean of concerning Faculty, or in the case of the Erasmus MC the head of department, for the EUR Fellowship application.

      • a) The complete NWO Vidi application as submitted to NWO.

        b) The NWO Vidi-evaluation report with the Final Assessment Score.
        c) All NWO evaluations of the NWO Vidi application (including the final decision), and if available, all correspondence concerning the evaluations.
        d) A maximum of 1300 words containing the specific part of the NWO Vidi proposal that will be executed in the EUR Fellowship. It is specifically not the intention that a completely new proposal is submitted (for the research itself or for the deployment of a Postdoc or a PhD).
        e) A modified version of the NWO Vidi budget that fits within the terms and conditions of the EUR Fellowship. The modified budget must be consistent with the description of the elements to be carried out (Part d).
        f) The motivation from the candidate for the EUR Fellowship application.
        g) Details of the responsible professor: name, field of teaching, faculty, work address.
        h)
        Commitment letter of the Dean of concerning Faculty, or in the case of the Erasmus MC the head of department, for the EUR Fellowship application.

        i) In the case of an application for deployment of a Postdoc or a PhD, other than the candidate, the Dean should explicitly declare to agree with the deployment of the Postdoc or PhD and to provide the resources necessary to do so.

      • a) The complete ERC Starting Grant application as submitted to the European Commission.
        b) All evaluations by the European Commission of the ERC Starting Grant application (including the final decision), and if available, all correspondence concerning the evaluations.
        c) A maximum of 1300 words containing the specific part of the ERC Starting Grant proposal that will be executed in the EUR Fellowship. This is a modified version of the ERC Starting Grant application that fits within the terms and conditions of the EUR Fellowship. It is specifically not the intention that a completely new proposal is submitted.

        d) A modified version of the ERC Starting Grant budget that fits within the EUR Fellowship’s term and budget. The modified budget must be consistent with the description of the elements to be carried out (Part c).
        e) The motivation from the candidate for the EUR Fellowship application.
        f) Details of the responsible professor: name, field of teaching, faculty, work address.

        g) Commitment letter of the Dean of concerning Faculty, or in the case of the Erasmus MC the head of department, for the EUR Fellowship application.
        h) In the case of an application for the deployment of a Postdoc or a PhD, other than the candidate, the Dean should explicitly declare in the proposal to agree to the deployment of that Postdoc or PhD and state his/her willingness to provide the resources necessary to do so.

    • The application will be submitted to awards@eur.nl no later than Thursday 1 November 2018 by 17:00h. The complete application needs to be digitally submitted in a PDF file. All aspects of the application as mentioned in a-h/i (see 4.2) need to be included in the exact order as stated in the provided template form. The proposal needs to be readable and accessible.  

    • The EUR Fellowship application will be evaluated against the following criteria:

      • The quality and talent of the researcher (publications, international network and mobility, academic track record, awards etc.).
      • The quality of the research proposal (relevance, feasibility, originality, impact and innovative nature of the research proposal).
      • The motivation of the candidate (potential impact and benefits from the EUR Fellowship for the research career of the candidate)
    • The EUR Fellowship coordinator decides if the received application is complete and meets the admission criteria. The proposals are consecutively sent to the evaluation committee members, who will evaluate the proposals individually on the evaluation criteria and prepare a ranking. These individual rankings will be combined in one overview.

      Two jury meetings will be organized, with a distinction between the EUR Woudestein and Erasmus MC proposals. The proposals will be discussed and the jury members will reach a decision in consensus for the Executive Board. The Executive Board will base their final awarding on this advice.[1]

      1 November 2018Deadline submission of proposals
      12 December 2018Jury meeting Erasmus Woudestein
      12 December 2018Jury meeting Erasmus MC
      Week of  17 DecemberPreliminary results will be announced
      The first half of January 2019Official announcement EUR Fellowships winners

      [1] The NWO evaluation(s) (in case of NWO Veni and NWO Vidi) and evaluation(s) of the European Commission (in case of the ERC Starting Grant) is (are) used in support of the evaluation process. However, the selection committee can decide on a different result.

    • Both evaluation committees consist of four jury members: the Rector Magnificus (chairman) and three professors or Young Erasmus Academy members. The committee is assisted by the EUR Fellowship coordinator. To prevent conflicts of interest researchers from a broad range of expertise will be invited to partake in the jury committee.

  • For more information, please contact the EUR Fellowship Coordinator:
    Pim Jansen (Programme Research Services)
    Tel: 06 – 51 80 75 11
    Email: awards@eur.nl