Funding opportunities

Reminder: Call for applications RSF and VSF – round 3, 2021

The calls for the Research Stimulation Fund (RSF) as well as the ‘Valorisatie’ Stimulation Fund (VSF) are open.

Download the calls below for more information and use one of the application forms to submit your proposal by Monday 1 November 2021, 12.00 to

Seed fund for sustainability research spearheads

Would you like to research unexploited sustainable research areas? Or do you have a great research idea for a sustainable future?

UM researchers are invited to submit applications for this seed fund to establish interdisciplinary and cross-faculty sustainability research collaborations in strategic research areas, so-called spearheads, focusing on one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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KNAW Statesman Thorbecke Fund Programme

The aim of the Statesman Thorbecke Fund is to promote knowledge about the life, work and intellectual legacy of Johan Rudolf Thorbecke (1798-1872), statesman and founder of Dutch parliamentary democracy.

You can apply for the funding of a research project, preferably with a postdoc as project leader under supervision of the applicant. The project duration should be between one and four years. The maximum grant per project is €200,000. Deadline is 1 December 2021.

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Fulbright grants for (pre)doctoral research

As part of the Fulbright Foreign Student Programme, Fulbright Schuman awards scholarships to European citizens to study or conduct research in any academic field at an accredited U.S. institution for a period between four months and one academic year (9 months).

For more information, see here. The application deadline is 1 December 2021.

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KU Leuven Call Global PhD Partnerships

KU Leuven and Maastricht University have opened a joint Global Partnership call for for 4-year joint doctoral projects – with one joint PhD position available for FASoS.

All applications need, when finalised, to be uploaded by the KU Leuven PI through the online KU Leuven Loket application system by 2 December 2021.

Please read the FASoS selection procedure here. Questions? Please write to

UM education grants: two separate calls for proposals

EDLAB and the Learning & Innovation taskforce are pleased to announce the launch of two UM education grants to 1) support education innovation in the PBL classroom and 2) facilitate research on education.

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MSCA Researchers at Risk Call

The Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) ‘Researchers at Risk’ Call has now launched. The call aims to provide further support for national and international organisations working with researchers at risk and to enhance and professionalise their activities.

Applications should be submitted via the Commission’s Funding and Tender’s Portal by the 6 January 2022 deadline.

For more information, see here.

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Call for ideas: WUN research development fund 2021

The Research Development Fund (RDF) of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) offers senior and junior researchers at Maastricht University the opportunity to develop research initiatives with colleague researchers from other WUN member universities on issues that are relevant and urgent from the perspective of current global developments.

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FASoS selection procedure NWO PhD’s in the humanities

Are you an associate or full professor and have you spotted a talented humanities student who has done or is in his/her last year of the MA (esp. a Research Master)?

The NWO programme PhDs in the humanities finances individual PhD positions. FASoS is likely to be able to nominate three PhD candidates to NWO, which must be done by the dean.

Interested? Please read the nomination procedure and submit your proposal by Monday 10 January 2022.

Apply for the Distinguished Women Scientists Fund

The call for the Landelijk Netwerk Vrouwelijke Hoogleraren (LNVH) Distinguished Women Scientists Fund (DWSF) is open.

This travel grant is intended for female postdocs (up to 3 years after their PhD and from all disciplines) who wish to travel abroad as part of their research projects.

Click here for the terms and conditions and the application form. In case of questions, please contact the LNVH bureau via 030 600 1361 |

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