As a fellow in the oLife Fellowship Programme you are given the opportunity to work on your own interdisciplinary research project with advisors and research institutes of your own choice. Together with 17 other fellows, you will follow a joint research and training programme, consisting of scientific lectures, academic and professional skills training, and career guidance. In the Netherlands, teaching and supervising students is an integral part of a researcher’s position. Therefore, you will be expected to prepare and teach your own lecture series on your field(s) of expertise and to supervise student research projects. Also, you are offered the opportunity to go on secondments with our leading industrial, academic or non-profit partner organisations.

Call for Proposals has closed

The Call for Proposals has closed on 12 May 2019 at 23:59 (Dutch local time).

Candidates who have submitted a complete application before the deadline are currently under review. Candidates who are eligible and whose application has passed the threshold will be invited by June 20, 2019 to submit a Full Proposal.

Evaluation and Selection Procedure

The evaluation and selection procedure consists of four rounds:

  1. Preliminary Proposals
  2. Full Proposals
  3. Web-based interviews
  4. On Campus Selection Days

For more information about the full procedure, the evaluation criteria and the composition of the Evaluation and Selection Panel, please read the Guide for Applicants.


Publication of the Call for Proposals 1 April 2019
Deadline for application 12 May 2019, 23:59 (Dutch local time)
Decision on eligibility (per e-mail) Late May 2019
Invitation to Full Proposal, or rejection (per e-mail) Late June 2019
Deadline for submission of Full Proposal 31 July 2019, 23:59 (Dutch local time)
Invitation to Web-based interview, or rejection (per e-mail) Early September 2019
Web-based interview Before October 2019
Invitation to Selection Days, or rejection (per e-mail Early October 2019
On Campus Selection Days November 2019
Announcement of selected/rejected candidates End of 2nd Selection Day
Starting date Between January and April 2020


On Campus Selection Days – November 2019 (The Netherlands)

Candidates with the highest ranking will be invited to the On Campus Selection Days in Groningen, The Netherlands*. During these two days, both candidates and advisors have the opportunity to show what they have to offer.  The Evaluation and Selection Panel will select the final 18 fellows whom we will offer a position as post-doctoral fellow in the oLife Fellowship Programme. Your accommodation and travel expenses will be paid/compensated by us.

*Candidates applying for a position with Leiden University or Eindhoven University of Technology will visit the prospective host institute the day before the Selection Days.

Visa requirements for attending the Selection Days

If you require a visa for attending the Selection Days and the visa application procedure is estimated to take more than four weeks, you will be asked to indicate this when submitting the Full Proposal (if you are invited). The Evaluation & Selection Panel may decide to send you a conditional invitation to the Selection Days in advance of the evaluation outcome to ensure you can start the visa application on time. This conditional invitation will under no circumstance entitle you to participation in the Selection Days. Only the official invitation allows you to participate in the Selection Days.

Start and duration of your position

The preferred starting date is between January and April 2020.

Conditions of employment

You will receive a full-time (38 hours) employment contract according to the Collective Employment Agreement (CAO-NU) of the Dutch universities. You will be offered a starting salary depending on the date you obtained your PhD and your postdoctoral years. According to the Collective Employment Agreement (CAO-NU) of the Dutch universities, the UFO-profile Researcher/Lecturer (scale 10) applies. In addition to the primary salary, the University offers 8% holiday allowance and an end-of-year bonus of 8.3%:

  • 0 years: € 3,255 gross per month for a full-time position
  • 1 year: € 3,389 gross per month for a full-time position
  • 2 years: € 3,514 gross per month for a full-time position
  • 3 years: € 3,637 gross per month for a full-time position.

You will have an initial appointment of 12 months that will be extended by 24 months if you perform satisfactorily. The fellowship will not be extended after the 36 months period.

The preferred starting date is between January and April 2020.

The oLife Fellowship Programme has an inclusive policy. Therefore, candidates who have had career breaks or a diversified career path are especially encouraged to apply.

Working at a Dutch University and living in the Netherlands

General information about life at a Dutch University can be found in the Beginner’s Guide to Dutch Academia.

Find out all about living in Eindhoven, Groningen and Leiden.