Resources for Research in the Netherlands

Did you just arrive in the Netherlands and are you looking for a PhD or for funds and some assistance? Are you thinking about a Scientific Research Career? Maybe this small selection of hyperlinks can help you with your search!

NWO: The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek, NWO) initiates and promotes scientific research at Dutch universities and institutes through nearly 120 different research programmes and grants.The most important information on the NWO website concerns Subsidy Guide / Database of Research Projects. The Subsidy Guide gives an overview of all subsidies that NWO provides.

KNAW: The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW, for Koninklijke Nederlandse Akadmie van Wetenschappen) is the umbrella organisation for a number of research institutes in the Netherlands. KNAW promotes quality in science and scholarship and strives to ensure that Dutch scholars and scientists contribute to cultural, social and economic progress. It promotes innovation and knowledge valorisation within these institutes and encourages them to cooperate with one another and with university research groups. It provides information about Funding possibilities and International activities.

Nuffic: The Netherlands organisation for international cooperation in higher education (Nuffic) provides fellowships and programmes to receive (short- and long-term) education in a foreign country. Foreign students can also find funding possibilities for higher education in The Netherlands. Nuffic manages a number of scholarship programmes on behalf of various providers. These include the Dutch government, the European Union and other private scholarship providers. Here you can find more information on the scholarship programmes administered by Nuffic. Through the you can also search for Research Fellowships. Nuffic also maintains a database on sources of funding for Dutch students wishing to study or do research abroad (see Beursopener).

Lifelong Learning Programme: The European Commissionhas published the general call for proposals (deadline 15/10/2013) for 2013 for participation in the last year of the Lifelong Learning Programme. Through the programme the EU enables people of all ages to gain experience through studies, training or learning abroad and supports co-operation between schools, universities and enterprises in different European countries. The European Commission supports a range of other international education and training activities as well. These activities are an essential part of the EU’s international policies and are becoming increasingly important.

Euraxess: They provide information and assistance to mobile researchers containing practical information concerning professional and daily life, as well as information on job and funding opportunities. The services centres help researchers and their family to plan and organise their move to a foreign country, providing assistance in all matters related to mobility, see services commitment. Nearly all services of the EURAXESS Network are free of charge.

AcademicTransfer: It is the joint job board of Dutch universities, university medical centers and research institutions. You can search their website for jobs, career opportunities and trends in the Dutch and international academic job market.
AcademicTransfer is an initiative of VSNU, Association of Universities in the Netherlands, NFU, Dutch Federation of University Medical Centers and WVOI, Employers Association of Research Institutions (Dutch).

EURODOC: It is the European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers. It is an international federation of 35 national organisations of PhD candidates, and more generally of young researchers from 34 countries of the European Union and the Council of Europe. One of their objectives is to represent doctoral candidates and junior researchers at the European level in matters of education, research, and professional development of their careers.

PNN (in Dutch): The PhD Network of the Netherlands collects information of all meetings of local PhD collectives, recognises their common problems and exchanges information between them. The PNN is the Netherlands national network of Eurodoc.

NL Agency: This agency of the Ministry of Economic Affairs is the number one contact point for businesses, knowledge institutions and government bodies. You can contact them for information, advice, financing, networking and regulatory matters. Whether you are entrepreneur, (knowledge) institution or government body. On their website you can find an overview of the programmes and initiatives run by NL Agency.

GrantsNet: Although GrantsNet has been retired, their staff has compiled a list of other places you can search for information on funding programs. Unfortunately, most of them require a subscription for access.

Facta Fondswijzer (in Dutch): Search for national and international funding possibilities for Social and Economical Sciences and Humanities. The page contains links in English, French and German as well.

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