Postdoctoral fellowships are temporary, usually research-oriented appointments for scientists who have completed a doctoral study. Postdocs are usually hired through an employment contract, the duration is generally shorter than a doctoral fellowship and the promoter’s role tends to be limited. The main objective is to contribute to the scientific output of a research unit by producing relevant scientific publications. However, other possible tasks are participation in research projects, supervision/coaching of doctoral students and, not uncommonly, also teaching duties.

FWO Junior & Senior Postdoctoral Fellowships

​There is one call each year which usually closes in December.

Contact: Greet Hellenbosch   

FWO Senior Clinical Investigator

The Senior Clinical Investigator Fellowship supports well educated doctors and researchers who want to pursue a full-fledged career in translational research.  The beneficiaries are released from clinical duties in order to focus on their research. Translational research bridges the gap between fundamental biomedical research, which is vital to any progress, and clinical research, which is focussed on the patient.

There is one call each year which usually closes in March.

Contact: Greet Hellenbosch

VLAIO Innovation Mandates

VLAIO Innovation Mandates are specifically intended for postdoctoral researchers who aim at the valorisation of their scientificresearchresults in either an existing company or a new spin-off company.

This type of fellowship is financed through the VLAIO and is open to all doctoral degree holders, all nationalities and all study programs/disciplines of scientific research. Two calls are launched annually (submission deadlines: March and September).

Contact: Bram Verbinnen

Horizon Europe Marie Sklodowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Marie Sklodoswka-Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships are individual research grants offering promising experienced researchers the chance to develop their skills by means of intersectoral or international mobility. The projects must be carried out on the premises of a host organisation in another country than the current country of residence.

Two types of fellowships exist: 

  • European Fellowships (EF) for postdoctoral researchers who wish to work elsewhere in Europe or to return to Europe;
  • Global Fellowships (GF) for postdoctoral researchers who wish to work outside Europe (including a mandatory return period of one year to an institution in Europe).As to the European Fellowships financial support is provided for a period of 1 to 2 years, for Global Fellowships this is 2 to 3 years.

There is one call each year which usually closes in September.

Contact: Liesbet Cockx