VLAG Calls

VLAG Open Rounds

The VLAG Open Rounds are only meant for Wageningen University research groups and research institutes participating in the Graduate School.

For additional information please contact Vesna Prsic.

Call for VLAG Graduate Programme 2022

The VLAG Graduate Programme involves the funding of at least one PhD position and aims to stimulate talented MSc students of Wageningen University to do a PhD within one of the VLAG groups. Applications are written and submitted by candidates who have obtained or will obtain a Wageningen MSc degree between June 2021 and December 2022. The PhD candidate and his/her project must be embedded in one of the VLAG groups and thus in VLAG.

Information on who can apply and what the time line is can be found in this document.

The slides from the information meeting (27 May 2021) can be found here. Q&A slides from previous information meetings are available here.

If you would like to participate in the VLAG Graduate Programme, please send your application to the executive secretary of VLAG, vlag@wur.nl before 16 January 2022. The Word version of the registration form can be found here.

Only selected candidates can submit a full PhD proposal for the VLAG Graduate Programme, the deadline is 9 May 2022.

Wageningen Graduate Schools Postdoc Talent Programme 2022

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 the hosting research group.

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 € 72,500 (with overhead) per year to be spent on salary costs for two years full-time employment for the applicant of which € 10,000 per year must be covered by the research group involved. Applications should include a recommendation letter from the chair holder at Wageningen University.

This letter should explain:

  • the quality of the candidate weighed against peers within the research field (and what is considered excellent in this research field);
  • the opportunities to continue a career in the group with a permanent position or extended funding;
  • how the applicant’s expertise will be of value to the research group.

The letter must also show the commitment of the group to co-fund this project. Wageningen Graduate Schools will select the best 5 applications on the basis of the selection criteria. Because of the limited number of fellowships available, there is a maximum of one application per chair group/chair holder. Submit your application (application form + chair holder’s recommendation letter) electronically to Ingrid Vleghels with a copy to the host chair holder and the Executive Secretary of graduate school VLAG Anouk Geelen. Deadline for application: 1 February 2022

Information on who can apply (requirements), criteria and the time line can be found in this document.

The next call for the WGS Postdoc Talent Programme will open 1 October 2022 with 4 positions available.

VLAG Research fellowships

Research fellowships aim to promote the quality of scientific research and strengthen international collaborations. It is one of the oldest (if not the oldest) policy instrument for international cooperation that is successfully in use at WUR. Since mid-2020 we have extended the possibilities and at the same time set clear eligibility criteria for all activities.

We aim to support scientific activities and events that make ground breaking ideas available for the VLAG community, spark crosspollination of knowledge, and catalyse international collaboration by providing funding/grants/fellowships for:

PhD candidates and Postdocs for international secondments

for secondments at international institutes/universities

Deadline:

  • 1 May 2022 for activities starting in 2022
  • 1 November 2022 for activities starting in 2023. A second deadline for activities starting in 2023 is expected 1 May 2023; but only if there is budget left.

International experience is a vital ingredient for a successful academic career. To support this, VLAG provides grants which allow VLAG PhD candidates and Postdocs to visit a top research institute/university abroad. These grants cover expenses up to €1000 per month with a maximum of €3000 for a visit of three months or longer. The grant covers travel (incl. visa) and accommodation based on actual costs, and will be administered via the chair group. The grant does not cover living expenses, such as food, local transportation, personal expenses, etc. The visit can be combined with an international course or conference but needs to include the visit of an international research group for at least 2 weeks. Fieldwork or other activities already covered in the original project are not eligible for this grant.

Conditions:

  • For PhD candidates: an approved Training and Supervision Plan (TSP), an approved research proposal, and a positive Go-decision
  • Substantiated and clear added value of the secondment to the research project of the candidate
  • Expected results in terms of establishing international networks or longer lasting work relations
  • Consent of the supervisor(s)
  • Written confirmation of host institute to be submitted before reimbursement
  • Within 4 weeks after the visit, a short ‘back to office report’ (1 A4) should be sent to VLAG

Selection of fellows is done by the VLAG Board taking into account all information provided, given the available budget, and the number and quality of all applications. No a priori selection criteria are set, but they might include the fair distribution of funds over VLAG Research Themes. Also, projects with limited funds, like VLAG Open round and bursary PhDs, might be prioritized.

Please use the application form

Visiting guest researchers

for sabbaticals, master classes and symposia

Continuous application

The research groups participating in VLAG Graduate School can request a subsidy for visiting researchers. These visits can vary from a sabbatical (usually 3-6 months) to a shorter visit of international top scientists in a specific research area (with the aim to be the main contributor to a masterclass or symposium). The maximum grant per visitor covers expenses up to € 1500 per month with a maximum of € 5000 (for actual costs of travel and accommodation based on receipts) and will be administered via the chair group. The grant does not cover living expenses, such as food, local transportation, personal expenses, etc.

PhD thesis committee members invited by a chair group may be eligible for reimbursement of travel and accommodation costs in case such a researcher extends his or her stay with the aim to actively and substantially contribute to a VLAG workshop or masterclass.

Conditions:

  • The visiting researcher is an expert in the field (e.g. Assistant Professor or more senior)
  • The duration of the stay in Wageningen is in line with the aim of the visit
  • The candidate has not been employed by WU, or spent a research period longer than a week in Wageningen in the last 3 years
  • Active contribution to the VLAG PhD programme as keynote speaker, lecturer or expert in a PhD education activity (e.g. PhD course, workshop, seminar, lecture, masterclass) is mandatory; the involved chair group is expected to host and co-organise the activity, and discuss the format with the VLAG PhD programme coordinator prior to applying for the grant
  • For a sabbatical the visiting researcher should also contribute to the research of the hosting chair group
  • Within 4 weeks after the visit, a short report (1 A4) is sent to VLAG

Please use the application form

Excursions by groups for PhD candidates

Continuous application

VLAG stimulates PhD candidates to organise group excursions to research facilities abroad. These excursions contribute to broadening PhD’s horizons, both from scientific and organizational points of view. The PhD excursions are organised by a PhD committee.

For more information visit the webpage PhD excursions

Assistant Professors fellowships (2022/2023)

Deadline:

  • 1 May 2022 for activities starting in 2022.
  • 1 November 2022 for activities starting in 2023. A second deadline for activities starting in 2023 is expected May 1st 2023; but only if there is budget left.

International collaboration is a vital part of a successful CV. Assessment committees often advise tenure track candidates to broaden their horizon and spend some time abroad. A sabbatical is not always feasible, while a visit of e.g. 2 - 3 weeks to a leading international institute may be easier to plan. VLAG decided to add these fellowships to the fellowship programme, specifically for 2022 and 2023. These grants allow VLAG assistant professors to set up and maintain international collaborations. This is expected to contribute to their personal development and to have clear added value for the research of the chair group.

These grants cover expenses up to €3000 for travel (incl. visa) and accommodation based on actual costs, and will be administered via the chair group. The grant does not cover living expenses, such as food, local transportation, personal expenses, etc. The visit can be combined with an international course or conference but needs to include the visit of an international research group for at least 2 weeks.

Conditions:

  • VLAG Assistant Professor at the time of submission and during the visit
  • Added value of the visit to both personal/professional development of the candidate and the research of the chair group
  • Consent of the chair holder
  • Written confirmation of host institute
  • Within 4 weeks after the visit, a short ‘back to office report’ (1 A4) should be sent to VLAG

Selection of fellows is done by the VLAG Board taking into account all information provided, given the available budget, and the number and quality of all applications. No a priori selection criteria are set, but they might include the fair distribution of funds over VLAG Research Themes.

Please use the application form