The Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) strives to continuously invest in internationalization in order to live up to the demands of the Flemish research community and maintain the strong economic and scientific position of Flanders. As a result, they have launched a new initiative for individual incoming mobility.
With this ‘Grant for a scientific stay in Flanders’ the FWO aims to keep on stimulating international scientific collaboration by giving postdoctoral researchers, regardless of their nationality but affiliated to a non-Belgian research institution, the opportunity to visit a research group in Flanders for a period of minimum 1 month up to maximum 3 months and bringing as such excellent and necessary expertise to Flanders.
The FWO will pay the foreign researchers their travel expenses (one-time return trip to Belgium) and a daily allowance of 66 EUR (with a max. budget of 1,650 EUR per month). For each visit the scientific added value for Flanders should be clearly demonstrated in the application: Why does the Flemish research group want to welcome this specific foreign researcher?
The foreign researcher has to directly submit an application through the FWO e-portal, in English, at least 3 months before the date of departure. It is crucial that the following obligatory documents are uploaded in the online application:
• A short scientific CV.
• A letter of the institution (employer) of the applicant including a confirmation that the applicant complies to Art. 2 §2 of the regulations;
• An official invitation letter, signed by the inviting researcher (host), in which the exact period and necessity of the planned scientific stay is clearly motivated as well as the scientific added value of this stay for the research group in Flanders.
For all details regarding the eligibility, application- and evaluation procedure, we kindly refer to the following specific webpages:
• Specific webpage ‘Grant for a scientific stay in Flanders’: https://www.fwo.be/en/fellowships-funding/international-mobility/incoming-mobility/grant-for-a-scientific-stay-in-flanders/
• Webpage regulations: https://www.fwo.be/en/fellowships-funding/international-mobility/incoming-mobility/grant-for-a-scientific-stay-in-flanders/regulations-grant-for-a-scientific-stay-in-flanders/