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

BOF Postdoctoral fellowships

Within the University Research Fund (BOF), most calls are addressed to senior academic staff members. However, postdocs can be appointed on a number of these projects (such as the IMPULS projects and the Postdoc challenges). Keep an eye on the vacancies for interesting positions in your domain.

The following BOF initiatives are addressed to postdoctoral researchers:

  • The BOF Seal of Excellence grants for FWO & MSCA postdoc aims to provide a one-off, one-year reception of candidates for a mandate FWO Junior postdoctoral researcher, incoming Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Postdoctoral Fellowship, with the UAntwerpen as host institution, to candidates who are ranked as a reserve by the expert panels and the domain boards of the FWO or are favorably ranked by the Panels of the European Commission.
  • The BOF Postdoc challenges are  organized and published by the research groups themselves. An overview of the 20 projects awarded in 2022 can be found below. The list will be updated with newly published Challenges on a regular basis.

Contact: Kristina Granaas