PhD excursions

VLAG stimulates PhD candidates to take charge of diversifying their training and provides financial support for it. In this context, organising an excursion to research facilities abroad is an important ‘fact finding’ activity with a long tradition. The PhD excursions are organised by a committee of PhD candidates.

PhD candidates receiving the grant have an approved VLAG Training and Supervision Plan (TSP). For PhD excursions lasting up to 8 days we provide each PhD candidate with a grant of € 250. For longer trips the grant amounts to € 400. Each PhD candidate receives the VLAG support max. twice.


  • A motivation including well-argued additional value of the excursion, a draft program, and a budget (estimated costs and income incl. sponsoring)
  • Scientific staff (thesis supervisors) are committed and will accompany the PhD candidates
  • The organisers send a ‘back to office’ report to VLAG

For additional sponsoring please also consider the LEB Foundation

when who action
~ 1 year before the excursion Organisers request for VLAG funding using the application form: motivation, program, expected number of participants and budget (estimated costs and income incl. sponsoring)
asap VLAG Approval
~ 3 months before the excursion Organisers Provide final list of participants, program, and project number using the application form (final version)
asap VLAG Money transferred to chair group
Within 4 weeks after excursion Organisers Back to office report sent to VLAG for the VLAG Newsletter, we would like to receive a nice (group) picture and a few sentences describing the excursion

Contactperson: Anouk Geelen

Overview PhD excursions


  • February 2019, Israel - Organic Chemistry
  • May 2019, China - Food Microbiology
  • June 2019, USA - Microbiology & Systems and Synthetic Biology
  • October 2019, Canada - Human Nutrition and Health


  • February 2018, USA - Bioprocess Engineering
  • April 2018, Sweden & Denmark - Biobased Chemistry & Technology, BioNanoTechnology
  • May 2018, Indonesia - Physics and Physical Chemistry of Foods
  • June 2018, Canada - Food Process Engineering
  • July 2018, Japan - Toxicology
  • October 2018, Australia - Food Quality and Design
  • October 2018, Austria & Italy - Food Chemistry


  • March 2017, Italy - Food Microbiology
  • May 2017, Germany, Denmark & Sweden - Microbiology & Systems and Synthetic Biology
  • October 2017, United Kingdom -Division of Human Nutrition


  • May 2016, South Germany and Switzerland - Food Process Engineering
  • October 2016, Japan - Laboratory of Food Chemistry
  • October 2016, Italy - Food Quality and Design


  • April 2015, East Canada - Laboratory of Organic Chemistry
  • April 2015, United Kingdom - Laboratory of Physical Chemistry and Colloid Science
  • April 2015, China - Beijing and Shanghai area - Biobased Chemistry and Technology
  • October 2015, Eastern USA - Division of Human Nutrition