Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment
Research School for Socio-Economic and
Natural Sciences of the Environment

Funding opportunities

To apply for a PhD position at SENSE, you should contact one of the SENSE partner institutes.

Below you can find a short list of funding opportunities. This list is not complete, but the links will get you started with your search for funding.

European Commission Programmes:
The EU website provides an overview of the training, mobility and career development opportunities covered under the EU’s 7th Framework Programme. These opportunities are open to researchers of all ages and levels of experience regardless of nationality, and are one of the most visible means of developing and enhancing human resources in the European Research Area (ERA).

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW):

  • Awards grants for research, conference visits or periods of residence abroad;
  • Contributes to the cost of organising international conferences, workshops and colloquia in the Netherlands;
  • Promotes international communication and partnerships.

NWO grants:
There are 150 grants, general fellowships as well ass fellowships for scientific Meetings.

Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP):
The NFPs are demand-oriented fellowship programmes designed to foster institutional development. The NFP are funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs from the budget for development cooperation. The overall aim of the NFP is to help alleviate qualitative and quantitative shortages of skilled manpower and to do so within the framework of sustainable capacity-building directed towards reducing poverty in developing countries. More specifically, the NFP are focused on meeting the need for further training and capacity-building in developing countries. To maximize the fellowships' impact on capacity-building, NFP-funded training must be linked to the institutional development of organizations.

Nuffic "Beurs Opener":
FIN, the Association of Grant Providers in the Netherlands, publishes a Fondsenboek (Grants Book). The publisher is Walburg Pers. This book contains an extensive overview of private grants which are frequently intended for special target groups with special objectives, and which are subject to specific conditions.