Fellowship & Grant details
Crossing the river Rubicon marked for Julius Caesar the beginning of a long line of victories that resulted in the Roman empire. The Rubicon programme offers young researchers the opportunity to an equally successful academic career. Rubicon is an existing mobility programme of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
The aim of the Rubicon programme is to encourage talented researchers at Dutch universities and institutes to continue in research after gaining their PhDs.
The mobility of the researcher plays an important role in the selection process, as international research experience is likely to be an advantage at a later stage in the applicant’s academic career and in applying for subsequent NWO grants. The Rubicon programme is open to all scientific disciplines and all nationalities. Any researcher within the first year after having received the PhD is allowed to apply for a Rubicon grant.
a. Applications must be submitted by individual researchers and not by pairs or teams of researchers.
b. Each candidate may only submit an application for a Rubicon grant once.
An application is considered to have been submitted when NWO decides that it is admissible for the selection procedure.
c. The PhD date (on the certificate) of an applicant must be within 12 months preceding the relevant deadline for the submission of applications.
d. Applicants who are still completing their PhD research may only submit an application if their supervisor approves the thesis (by means of a written declaration with the Rubicon application). The candidate may start on the research as soon as the date for the defence of the PhD thesis is known, but no later than 1 June 2016.
e. In the five years directly preceding the submission deadline, applicants must have conducted scientific research at an academic research institute in the Netherlands for a period at least equivalent to three years fulltime.
f. Applicants may only apply for a Rubicon grant for a stay in a different country from where they graduated, unless that country is the Netherlands. Graduating means here obtaining the degree which would formally make one eligible to start a PhD project.
g. Applicants may only apply for a Rubicon grant for a stay in a different country from where they obtained their PhD, unless that country is the Netherlands.
h. For applications for research at a Dutch institute applicants may not apply for a Rubicon grant to conduct research at the knowledge institute where they graduated from. Graduating means here obtaining the degree which would formally make one eligible to start a PhD project.
i. For applications for research at a Dutch institute applicants may not apply for a Rubicon grant to conduct research at the knowledge institute where they obtained their PhD from.
j. On the submission deadline, applicants may have been conducting research at the host institute after the PhD period (the PhD defence does not have to have taken place yet) for a period equivalent to no more than six months fulltime.
k. The Rubicon research should be conducted over an uninterrupted period.
l. The researcher conducts the Rubicon research at a single host institute. Depending on the research subject, external data collection or field research may be approved.
m. Applications in which the harvesting and use of new human embryos takes place are not admissible. Research that uses existing embryos is admissible on the condition that an ethical committee gives consent to the proposed research. See chapter 3.5 for the specific conditions regarding ethical aspects.
All applications are evaluated by four criteria: quality of the applicant (30%), quality of the proposal (30%), quality of the host institute (30%) and knowledge utilisation (10%). The peer review is done by three disciplinary selection committees.
|Number of awards per year||45|
|Annual budget||7 M euro|
|Frequency of calls||3 times a year|
|International mobility required ?||yes|
|Eligible destination country/ies for fellows||All|
|Eligibility of fellows: country/ies of residence||Netherlands|
|Eligibility of fellows: nationality/ies||All|
|Website of Fellowship Programme||http://www.nwo.nl/en/funding/our-funding-instruments/nwo/rubicon/index.html|
|Career Stage||Experienced researcher or 4-10 yrs (Post-Doc)|
|Research Profiles||Recognised Researcher (R2)|
|Employment contract with full social security||yes|
|Total amount per fellowship per year||63000|
|Covers travel and subsistence||yes|
|Covers research costs||yes|
|Maximum duration of fellowship||24|
To better plan and organise their stay in a foreign European country, researchers and their families can also benefit of the free and personalised assistance offered by the EURAXESS Services Centres, a network of more than 200 centres located in 40 different European countries.
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