FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

The date for my PhD defence is after 1 March 2024, but my thesis has been approved before 1 March 2024. Am I eligible to submit an application for the Fellowship?

The date that is important to us is the date on your PhD diploma. If this date is 1 March 2024 or earlier, you are eligible to apply. If this date is after 1 March 2024, you are not eligible to apply in this round.

What is the idea behind the Ammodo Science Fellowship?

The Ammodo Science Fellowship complements the existing Ammodo Science Awards. The Fellowship is aimed at researchers at the beginning of their careers offering them the opportunity to do their own research at a (foreign) university or research institute ideally suited for this purpose.

What are the basic conditions an applicant must satisfy in order to apply for a Fellowship?

The applicant should meet the following conditions:

– on 1 March of the year of submission of the application, the applicant has held their first PhD for zero to five years (maximum 60 months);

– the applicant must have ties with the Netherlands. Ties to the Netherlands entails either of the following options:

* A bachelor’s degree, obtained at a Dutch university, and/or

* A master’s degree, obtained at a Dutch university, and/or

* A PhD, obtained at a university or research institute in the Netherlands, and/or

* Two years of postdoctoral research (on a full-time basis) conducted at a university or research institute in the Netherlands.

Please see Article 2 and Article 3 of the Regulations for the full conditions.

How often can I submit an application?

Each applicant can participate in up to two editions of the Fellowship and submit a maximum of one application per edition.

I received a fellowship from another organization. Is it still possible to apply for a Fellowship?

Yes. Stacking of fellowships is allowed, provided that it is properly accounted for. It is not allowed to receive funding for a part of the research that is already financed. For instance, if your salary is already funded, you cannot double your salary with the help of an Ammodo Fellowship. However, you can apply for salary or material costs for a part of the research that is not yet funded. In your application, please describe the entire research and indicate which part is already funded and for which part want to use the Ammodo Science Fellowship.

Where should the research be conducted?

The research must be carried out at the university or research institution given as the host institution in the application. Depending on previous international experience, this may be a foreign or a Dutch university or research institution. For the full conditions see Article 2.3 of the Regulations.

What is the required duration of the research?

The research will last a minimum of 6 months (on a full-time basis) and a maximum of 24 months (on a full-time basis). The fellow must spend at least 0.8 FTE on the research. If the fellow spends 0.8 FTE on the research, the research  will last a minimum of 7.5 months and a maximum of 30 months.

See also Article 8.2 – 8.5 of the Regulations

8.2 The Fellow must start the Research no later than one year after the Grant.

8.3 The Fellow must complete the Research no later than two years (on a full-time basis) after the start of the Research.

8.4 The research period is a minimum of six months (on a full-time basis).

8.5 The Fellow should devote a minimum of 0.8 FTE to the Research.

May I submit an application in Dutch?

No. The forms are only available in English and must be completed in English.

Is there an extension scheme?

No. The Fellowship is intended to (partly) finance a first or second postdoc. By allowing researchers to apply up to five years after obtaining their first PhD, the fellowship covers  the timeframe in which applicants typically seek extensions. Therefore, the wide submission period meets most applicants’ needs without requiring an additional extension scheme.

I obtained my PhD in the Netherlands and want to apply for a Fellowship for research at a university or research institute aroad. Is this possible?

Yes. See Article 2.3 of the Regulations.

The proposed research (Research) can take place at:

1) a foreign Host Institute in case the applicant holds a PhD from a university or research institute in the Netherlands.

2) a Dutch Host Institute in case the applicant obtained a PhD abroad or conducted postdoctoral research abroad for at least two years, and:

a) obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a Dutch university; or

b) obtained a PhD from a Dutch university or research institute or conducted postdoctoral research for at least two years (on a full-time basis) at a Dutch university or research institute.

I obtained my PhD abroad and want to apply for a Fellowship for research at university or research institute in the Netherlands. Is this possible?

Yes, provided the applicant has obtained a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree at a university in the Netherlands or conducted postgraduate research of at least two years fulltime at a university or research institute in the Netherlands. See also Article 2.3 of the Regulations.

The proposed research (Research) can take place at:

1) a foreign Host Institute in case the applicant holds a PhD from a university or research institute in the Netherlands.

2) a Dutch Host Institute in case the applicant obtained a PhD abroad or conducted postdoctoral research abroad for at least two years, and:

a) obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a Dutch university; or

b) obtained a PhD from a Dutch university or research institute or conducted postdoctoral research for at least two years (on a full-time basis) at a Dutch university or research institute.

I obtained my PhD at a university or research institute in the Netherlands and want to apply for a Fellowship for research at a university or from a university or research institute abroad. Is this possible?

Yes, provided the applicant has obtained a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree at a university in the Netherlands or conducted postgraduate research for ate least two years fulltime at a university or research institute in the Netherlands.

See also Article 2.3 of the Regulations.

The proposed research (Research) can take place at:

1) a foreign Host Institute in case the applicant holds a PhD from a university or research institute in the Netherlands.

2) a Dutch Host Institute in case the applicant obtained a PhD abroad or conducted postdoctoral research abroad for at least two years, and:

a) obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a Dutch university; or

b) obtained a PhD from a Dutch university or research institute or conducted postdoctoral research for at least two years (on a full-time basis) at a Dutch university or research institute.

I obtained my PhD abroad and have ties to the Netherlands. Can I apply for a Fellowship for research at a university or research institute abroad?

No. The proposed research can only take place at a foreign host institution if the applicant has a PhD from a university or research institution in the Netherlands.

See Article 2.3 of the Regulations.

The proposed research (Research) can take place at:

1) a foreign Host Institute in case the applicant holds a PhD from a university or research institute in the Netherlands.

2) a Dutch Host Institute in case the applicant obtained a PhD abroad or conducted postgraduate research abroad for at least two years, and:

a) obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree from a Dutch university; or

b) obtained a PhD from a university or research institute in the Netherlands or conducted postdoctoral research for at least two years (on a full-time basis) at a Dutch university or research institute.

What are the assessment criteria?

Applications will be assessed by the Advisory Committees in accordance with the following assessment criteria:

– Quality of the Research; a) the Research should be high quality scientific research, considering, among other things, the significance of the Research for the relevant scientific field, and b) the Research should be feasible within the budget requested under the Fellowship.

– Quality of the applicant; the applicant should be a talented researcher who is considered capable of a) carrying out the Research, and b) thereby making an innovative contribution to their field.

– Quality of the Host Institute; the Host Institute, including the Department and Supervisor, provide a high-quality and suitable research environment for a) conducting the Research, and for b) supporting the applicant in doing so. This includes the scientific infrastructure facilities required for the Research and the necessary scientific expertise, network, and supervision. The quality of the Host Institute is thus explicitly weighed in relation to the Research and does not stand alone.

When carrying out their assessment, the Advisory Committee will consider all three criteria in conjunction.

What is the required duration of the research?

The Fellow must complete the Research no later than two years (on a full-time basis) after the start of the Research. The research period is a minimum of six months (on a full-time basis). The Fellow should devote a minimum of 0.8 FTE to the Research.

Who should conduct the research?

The Fellowship may only be used to fund research conducted by the Fellow or under the supervision of the Fellow.

What is meant by “under the supervision of”?

Essentially, the research is carried out by the Fellow, but the Fellow may hire support staff if this can be justified, for example for (specialised) data analysis.

What is the required starting date for the research?

The Fellow must start the Research no later than one year after the Grant. That is, between 1 January 2025 and 31 December 2025.

What should the Fellowship be spent on?

The Fellowship:

– will be used by the Fellow to fund the Research (to be conducted by the Fellow or under the Fellow’s supervision),

– may be spent on the salary of one or more researchers and on other costs associated with the Research (including materials), a maximum of 3% may be spent on travel and accommodation costs if the Research takes place outside Europe, and a maximum of 1.5% if the Research takes place within Europe. (In exceptional cases, 5% and 2.5% respectively may be spent on travel and accommodation costs, see the application form), and

– will not be used to fund overheads or other costs of the Host Institute not directly arising from the Research.

To whom will the funds obtained by the Fellowship be paid?

Any budget requested and approved by Ammodo for travel and accommodation expenses will be paid directly to the Fellow.

The remainder of the Fellowship will be paid (in instalments) by Ammodo to the Host Institute or if the Fellow is seconded from a university or research institute, to this knowledge institute.

When will applicants be notified regarding the granting of the Fellowship?

Ammodo will notify applicants who have been granted a Fellowship before December 31, 2024.

When will the Ammodo Science Fellowship be presented to the Fellows?

The Ammodo Science Fellowship is presented every two years, in four scientific domains (Biomedical Sciences, Humanities, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences).

The Ammodo Science Fellowship 2024 will be presented in the first quarter of 2025. The exact date will be announced.

If my question is not addressed in the FAQ, where should I direct it?

All questions (in either Dutch or English) can be sent via email to fellowship@ammodo.org.