Criteria for selection

A Radboud nominator can nominate a non-Dutch national with no previous experience in the Netherlands for a Radboud Excellence Initiative Professorship of Fellowship.

Radboud Excellence professorship

A Radboud Excellence professor is an established researcher who will perform research at one of Radboud's institutes for 1 to 6 months. This period can also be cut up into shorter periods, spread over a maximum of two years, e.g. two 3-month stays or three 2-month stays. The professorship will start within one year of being granted and will terminate no longer than two years after the moment it was granted.

Radboud Excellence professors keep their position at their home institute and work at Radboud through a Contract for Services. They will receive support and reimbursement of most costs from the Radboud Excellence Initiative. Please consult the pages with details and benefits for more precise information.

A professorship candidate:

  • is a highly experienced top researcher (ERC Advanced, Spinoza, KNAW member or likewise)
  • is still active in research and has not yet retired
  • is a non-Dutch national based outside the Netherlands, who has no previous study or work experience in the Netherlands
  • will work on a research project that links up with research performed within the nominator's research institute. The candidate will contribute to a next step for the research domain within Radboud University or Radboudumc, and its international profiling.

Radboud Excellence fellowship

A Radboud Excellence fellow is a researcher who will have a two-year employment contract as a post-doctoral fellow at Radboud University or Radboudumc. On top of their salary, they will be reimbursed for extra costs such as travel and relocation, and will be supported in other ways by the Radboud Excellence Initiative. Please consult the pages with details and benefits for more precise information.

A Fellowship candidate:

  • obtained their PhD at least before the start of the fellowship, but no longer than eight years before the nomination date*
  • is a non-Dutch national based outside the Netherlands, who has international experience and has no previous study or work experience in the Netherlands
  • will expect their fellowship to contribute to a future career move, such as a potential professorship.

*The submission date of the manuscript may count as the doctorate date. Should a candidate only have obtained their doctorate very recently, the quality of their CV, above-average performances and excellent recommendations should compensate for this.

Considerations for selection

The quality of the candidate and their research plan should be evident from the submitted documents, as listed in the procedure. Considerations for selection are:

  • the excellence of the candidate - as shown in the nomination documents
  • the quality of the recommendations - as shown in the recommendation letters
  • the innovative character of the research proposal - as shown in the research plan.

The jury aims to have Radboud Excellence laureates spread across various scientific domains within Radboud University and Radboudumc.