PE&RC Graduate Programme 2019 call

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PE&RC Graduate Programme 2019 call

The PE&RC Graduate Programme call involves the funding of (a maximum of) two PhD positions and aims to stimulate talented MSc students of Wageningen University groups to do a PhD within one of the WU-PE&RC groups.

Applications are written and submitted by candidates who have a Wageningen MSc degree (after January 2018) or will get their MSc before September 2019.  The PhD candidate and his/her project must be embedded in one of the WU-PE&RC groups and thus in PE&RC. After the deadline, a PE&RC evaluation committee (composed of PE&RC office and academic staff members) will assess the submitted proposals based on:

  1. Quality of the candidate (40%);
  2. Quality, originality, feasibility and societal relevance of the proposal (40%);
  3. The fit of the proposed research within one of the PE&RC research themes (20%);

Accordingly, the committee will select a number of applicants for an interview and to present their PhD project proposal. Selection of the candidates will be based on the ranking of the above mentioned criteria in combination with the ranking of the interview and the presentation in a ratio of 3:1 respectively.

Click HERE for the Application Form

This PE&RC call partly overlaps with the 2019 NWO Graduate School Green Top Sectors call ( Both calls close on the same day (4’th of July 2019, 14:00 hrs CE(S)T.). In some cases, it is thus possible for applicants to submit their application both to PE&RC and to NWO. However, there are some important differences between the NWO Graduate Programme call and the PE&RC Graduate Programme call:

  1. The NWO Graduate Programme is organised in collaboration with the graduate schools PE&RC, EPS, VLAG, and WIAS. Ultimately, the eight best PhD candidates in the call will be selected by NWO to carry out their own PhD project in a research group of their choice, but embedded in (one of) these four graduate schools;
  2. The PE&RC call is aimed at talented WU MSc graduates who will do their PhD study in a PE&RC group of Wageningen University, while the NWO call invites MSc graduates from anywhere to do a PhD at a university in the Netherlands;
  3. The PE&RC call aims at projects that fit within the Research Themes of PE&RC, while the NWO call aims at projects that fit within the Top Sectors “Agri & Food” or “Horticulture & Propagation Materials”;
  4. The NWO call has specific conditions for cash and in-kind co-financing by private partners while the PE&RC call does not;
  5. Applications for the NWO call are prepared by means of a specific NWO application form template and submitted by the prospective PhD supervisor via the NWO submission system, while for the PE&RC call, the prospective candidate herself/himself submits the application to PE&RC via the specific PE&RC application form.
  6. The NWO call places significant emphasis on economic relevance, while the PE&RC call does not.

Finally please take note of the following:

  • If you intend to submit a proposal to the PE&RC or NWO call, please inform indicating the topic of the proposal.
  • On the 18’th of April from 15:30 to 16:30 in LUMEN 1, a meeting will be held for master students and staff in which more detailed information is provided about the PE&RC and NWO call. Please inform when you intend to come but you do have to register and are always welcome.