FWO Special PhD Fellowship in Belgium 2020

Publish Date: Jan 20, 2020

Deadline: Mar 02, 2020

Special PhD fellowship


The special PhD fellowship enables persons not employed within scientific research to complete a PhD within one year. Applicants must be in possession of a "temporary leave" certificate issued by their current employer.


  • Period: 1 year
  • Net monthly scholarship amount: identical to the last net salary of the main activity
  • Call open
  • Submission deadline: 2 March 2020
  • Announcement of selection results: June 2020
  • Start of fellowship: 1 September or 1 October 2020 (choice of the candidate)
  • Success rate 2019: 50%

Profile and conditions

  • You have a diploma at least equivalent to a master's degree following a bachelor's degree and awarded by the competent institutions in one of the countries of the European Economic Area or Switzerland. No attestation is required for non-Belgian diplomas.
  • You are permanently employed.
  • You are not professionally involved in scientific research.
  • Your employer is willing to give you temporary leave or unpaid leave for 1 year. You are entitled to return to your job after the leave ends.
  • You relinquish any secondary activity and associated remuneration. 
  • You have not previously received an FWO fellowship (not even in part).
  • You agree with the Research Integrity Clause


  • You contact a a promotor affiliated to a Flemish university (or to the Evangelic Protestant Faculty in Leuven or the Faculty for Protestant Theology in Brussels), who is ready to guide you as a doctorandus.The supervisor undertakes to properly coach and guide you as doctorandus.
  • The promotor is invited by the FWO to write a letter of recommendation.
  • You submit your application online (FWO e-portal).
  • Your application is submitted to the Cross-Domain Panel.
  • Cross-Domain Panel reports to the board of trustees.
  • The board of trustees decides on the appointment (end June 2020).
  • You receive feedback on the decision and the findings of the expert panel.

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