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June 19th 2018

Individual positions for postdocs
The individual positions for postdocs are intended for women who wish to develop a long-term career in Dutch physics. The advantage of the grant is that it gives women a position for a maximum of five years at a crucial and vulnerable point in their career, thereby enabling them to develop a solid position for the future.

NWO funds a postdoc position for a maximum of three years spread over a period of at most five years. The condition is that the woman has organised a period of one to two years at a foreign institute in conjunction with this (not paid for by NWO). The candidate is free to plan the period aboard either before or after the period funded by NWO.

The grant can be applied for by women who have just gained their doctorates or by women who already have a postdoctoral position abroad or who have almost completed this. In the first case, the research proposal must describe both the NWO-financed position (maximum three years) as well as the position at a foreign institute (maximum two years). In the second case, the research proposal must describe the postdoc position financed by NWO (maximum three years) which preferably has a clear link with the research carried out abroad.

The budget for the individual postdoc position is a personal budget for a maximum of three years. A small contribution to the personal material budget is possible if good arguments are provided for this.

If a grant is awarded from NWO's Innovational Research Incentives Scheme then the remainder of this NWO Physics/f grant or the remainder of it will not be awarded.
The application must contain the following documents: letter from the researcher to the director of NWO, research plan with planning and the necessary budget, CV and a confirmation of the appointment at the foreign institute.

Bridging grants
Bridging grants are intended to support faculties and research institutes during the appointment of a woman to a tenured position. NWO contributes for a maximum of five years.
The application must be submitted by and at the request of the dean or institute director. The dean must guarantee that the university can assume payment of the salary costs of the woman concerned within five years.

Examples of a bridging grant are a contribution to a tenured appointment as an assistant or associate professor (possibly after being employed at a foreign university) or a financing of the difference in salary between an associate professor and a professor.
The application must contain the following documents: letter from the dean/institute director to the director of the NWO Domain Science, research plan with planning and CV.

Returning to research?
If you want to return to physics research after a long absence then please contact Arlette Werner.

No deadline
As bridging grants are often ad hoc solutions there is no deadline for the submission of applications. This means that applications can be examined on a case-by-case basis.

Other information
The Minerva Prize and the Insight Out are activities within the NWO Physics/f incentives programme that increase the visibility of female physicists. Click on the links for more information.

NWO Physics/f advisory committee
The NWO Physics/f advisory committee gives the Executive Board solicited and unsolicited advice about women in physics. The NWO Physics/f advisory committee members are Prof. Petra Rudolf (chair), Prof. Henk Stoof (Utrecht University), Prof. Vinod Subramaniam (VU) and Prof.dr. Jennifer Herek (University of Twente).

For further information, or if you want to return to physics research after a long period of absence, please contact Arlette Werner.