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Postdoctoral Scientist

Netherlands International Postdoc Grants: Rubicon program

Netherlands International Postdoc grants (Humanities, Life and Natural Sciences) by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)

The Rubicon program is dedicated to promising new postdoctoral researchers/scientists who are still at the start of their scientific careers but whose scientific credentials give them the potential to become established figures in Dutch scientific research. Rubicon is part of the NWO Talent Line and is regarded as a valuable step before a possible.

The Rubicon program offers an invaluable opportunity for scientists and scholars recently completing their Ph.D. to gain valuable experience at an international knowledge institute. This program is a crucial stepping stone towards establishing a successful academic career.

Purpose and Objectives

Acquiring research experience abroad is vital in shaping an academic career. Rubicon provides talented scientists and scholars who have recently obtained their Ph.D. in the Kingdom of the Netherlands the chance to work at a foreign knowledge institute for 1-2 years. This experience significantly enhances their prospects of pursuing a long-term career in academia. Additionally, research can be conducted at a knowledge institute within the Kingdom of the Netherlands for specific fields, such as the languages and cultures of the Kingdom and local Law.


The Rubicon program specifically targets promising early-stage postdoctoral researchers who possess exceptional academic qualities and have the potential to establish themselves as renowned researchers within the scientific and educational landscape of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Rubicon is an integral part of the NWO/ZonMw Talent Line.

Duration:  up to 2 years


  1. NWO reserved 6.835 million euros for three submission rounds in 2018.
  2. A maximum of 2.28 million euros is available for each submission round.
  3. For each submission round, the budget is divided between the three Rubicon clusters, Alpha/Gamma, Life Sciences, and Beta Sciences, in proportion to the number of eligible applications.

Subject areas: Humanities, Social Sciences, Life Sciences, Natural Sciences


  1. Postgraduates currently engaged in Ph.D. research or have been awarded a Ph.D. in the 12 months preceding the deadline.
  2. Applicants still engaged in Ph.D. research may only apply if their supervisors provide a written declaration approving their thesis.
  3. Women especially are encouraged to apply.
  4. In the last five years (directly preceding the submission deadline), candidates must have conducted scientific research at an academic research institute in the Netherlands for a period of at least equivalent to 3 years full-time.
  5. Applications must be submitted by individuals and not by pairs or teams of researchers.
  6. Candidates can apply for a Rubicon grant only once. A complete list of the eligibility conditions for the call is available on the organization's website (link below).

Country: Netherlands

Eligibility: Open to early postdoctoral researchers.

The Rubicon program operates continuously without a predetermined end date. Instead, it conducts three funding rounds each year, with application deadlines typically falling around April 1st, September 1st, and December 1st. For example, in 2023, the application deadlines are scheduled for March 28th, August 29th, and November 28th. Once the call for applications is open, a link becomes available at the bottom of the corresponding webpage.

For 2023, each funding round of Rubicon has an estimated budget of approximately 2.47 million euros, providing substantial financial support for the selected candidates.

Quick Overview

Type: Postdoctoral , Scientist
Location: Netherlands
Fellowship Amount: As per EU guidelines
Eligibility: PhD
Other Info: Visit Website

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