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PhD training

The writing of postdoc research proposals

This course is designed for PhD researchers who aspire to a career in academics, and who are in the third year of their PhD program. The course aims at preparing the participants in writing excellent postdoctoral research proposals, with specific attention to early career grants. An additional goal is to help the PhD researchers to shape their academic careers.

Schedule 1 meeting, 10.00-15.00
Course dates see upcoming course
No. of participants max 20
Workload 0.5 ECTS


Course description


Participants get acquainted with various early career fellowships, including Rubicon, VENI, Marie Sklodowska-Curie, Niels Stensen as well as the associated underlying policies and assessment criteria. You will also receive tips to optimize your cv for different types of grants.

In the afternoon the course focuses on the following three topics:

  • How to convincingly present the aim and objectives of your research in a grant proposal.
  • How to put together a career plan, essential when applying for a career development grant.
  • How to write a dissemination and outreach paragraph.


Dr. Els den Os and dr. Carolien Zijderveld, IXA [Innovation Exchange Amsterdam] grant advisors and specialists in grant application support.