Wageningen Graduate Schools (WGS) Postdoc Talent Programme - Call for proposals (Deadline application: Tuesday 31 March 2020)

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Wageningen Graduate Schools (WGS) Postdoc Talent Programme - Call for proposals

The Postdoc Talent Programme offers talented researchers from abroad the opportunity to start a career at Wageningen University & Research. Applications should demonstrate the added value of the grant for the applicant’s career and the value of the applicant’s expertise for Wageningen UR.

What can be applied for? 

Talented eligible researchers can apply for a two-year position within one of the Wageningen University research groups. The position may result in an application for personal funding. The grant consists of € 68,000 per year to be spent on salary costs for two years full-time employment for the applicant of which € 16,000 per year must be covered by the research group involved. Applications should include a recommendation letter from the chair holder at Wageningen University to explain how the applicant’s expertise will be of value to Wageningen UR. The letter must also show the commitment of the group to co-fund this project. Wageningen Graduate Schools will select the best 4 applications on the basis of the selection criteria. The application needs to score at least ‘good’ (in the range 5: insufficient, 4: satisfactory, 3: good; 2: very good; 1: excellent) to qualify for granting. Because of the limited number of fellowships available, there is a maximum of one application per chair group/chair holder.

NOTE: This call there are 4 positions available of which at least 1 will be awarded to a postdoc of graduate school WASS and at least 1 to a postdoc of graduate school WIAS. The other 2 postdoc positions are not earmarked and are available to candidates of all graduate schools. This division is a consequence of the result of the Postdoc Talent Programme of 2019. Submit your application (application form + chair holder’s recommendation letter) electronically to Ingrid.Vleghels@wur.nl with a copy to the host chair holder and the Executive Secretary of the chair holder’s graduate school. Please find the application form here.

Who can apply?

The applicant is a postgraduate who:

  • Has a PhD degree from a Dutch or non-Dutch university;
  • Currently works outside the Netherlands;
  • Has a competitive CV suitable for applying for prestigious personal grants;
  • Has international experience for at least two years.

Candidates who have the support of a chair group can contact the executive secretaries of the graduate schools to check eligibility before writing the proposal. Deadline for application is Tuesday 31 March 2020.

Selection criteria:

  1. Quality of the applicant
  2. Quality of the proposal

The criteria will be weighed equally.

Procedure and timeline

  • Deadline for applications: March 31, 2020
  • Awarding grants: June 2020

Projects should start within 5 months after granting of the proposal (December 1, 2020 at the latest). For procedure please click here.