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.

VLAG Research fellowships

Research fellowships aim to promote the quality of scientific research and strengthen international collaborations. It is one of 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 2024 for activities starting in 2024.

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 essential economy class travel (including visa) and accommodation based on actual costs. The chair group is expected to provide the necessary means upfront. The VLAG grant will be transferred upon return to Wageningen, and it 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 to an international research group for at least 2 weeks.

Conditions:

  • For PhD candidates: positive Go/No-Go evaluation (Go-decision)
  • Substantiated and clear added value of the secondment to the research project of the candidate
  • Fieldwork or other activities already covered in the original project are not eligible for this grant.
  • Expected results in terms of establishing international networks or longer lasting work relations
  • Consent of the supervisor(s)
  • Letter of acceptance by the host institution
  • 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 Office 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, chair groups, individual researchers (over time). Also, projects with limited funds, like VLAG Open round and bursary PhD candidates, might be prioritized.

Please use the application form.

Visiting guest researchers

For sabbaticals and scientific events

Continuous application

The research groups participating in VLAG Graduate School can request a subsidy for visiting guest researchers. These visits can vary from a sabbatical (usually 3-6 months) to a shorter, yet substantial, visit. In all cases, the visiting guest researcher will be one of the main contributors to a scientific event targeting the VLAG (PhD) community (e.g., PhD course, workshop, master class, symposium, conference). PhD thesis committee members who only provide a lecture in a symposium linked to a PhD thesis defence are not eligible for this grant.

The maximum grant per visiting guest researcher covers expenses up to € 1500 per month with a maximum of € 5000 (for actual costs of essential economy class travel and accommodation, both based on receipts) and will be administered after the visit via the chair group. The grant does not cover living expenses, such as food, local transportation, personal expenses, etc.

Conditions:

  • The visiting researcher is an expert in the field (Assistant Professor or more senior)
  • The duration of the stay in Wageningen is in line with the aim of the visit
  • In case of sabbaticals the candidate has not 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, master class, symposium, conference) is mandatory
  • The involved chair group is expected to host and co-organise the scientific event 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
  • The application for a visiting scientist fellowship needs to be supported by a senior tenured researcher from the hosting chair group
  • Within 4 weeks after the visit, a short report (1 A4) is sent to VLAG

Please use the application form.

Assistant Professors fellowships

Deadline:

1 May 2024 for activities starting in 2024.

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. 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.

This grant covers essential economy class travel (including visa) and lodging expenses up to €3000 and is based on actual costs. The chair group is expected to provide the necessary means upfront. The VLAG grant will be transferred upon return to Wageningen and it 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 to 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
  • Letter of acceptance by the host institution
  • 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 Office 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.

Excursions by groups for PhD candidates

Continuous application

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

For more information visit the webpage PhD excursions

call TKI Graduate School Green Top Sectors 2024

This call is aimed at MSc students who have written their own PhD project. Staff members of the graduate schools VLAG, EPS, PE&RC, WIAS, WIMEK and WASS can apply as main applicant. The research subject must fit within the research missions of the Knowledge and Innovation Agendas of the top sectors indicated in the call text.

The deadline for the call is Tuesday October 1, 2024. Please send your application by e-mail to Ingrid Vleghels (subject of the e-mail should read: TKI-GSGT_2024 ‘name candidate’).