Postdoc

School specific talent policy

All Postdocs are registered with one (or several) of the six Schools and three interfaculty research institutes: M4I, MERLN and MaCSBio and are embedded in research lines in which researchers from PhD to professor level are grouped around a certain research theme. Every School has their own specific talent policy. The contact persons of the Schools can be found here.

Talent scouting

At Maastricht UMC+, talented Postdocs are actively scouted, supported and monitored by their supervisors, theme leaders, and department heads, and brought to the attention of the direction of the Schools. The directors of the School then inform the dean and vice-dean. Faculty policy advisors are available for career and CV advice. Marco Berndes is willing to give advice on CV development and individual grants.

Acquiring individual grants/scholarships

Especially for talented postdocs, it is important to consider applying for a prestigious individual grant, such as the NWO ‘Innovational Research Incentives Scheme’. For postdocs, the VENI and VIDI grants are worth considering:

  • VENI: for researchers who have completed their doctorates, in principle, up to a maximum of three years after PhD graduation.
    Maximum subsidy €250,000 for three years.
  • VIDI: for researchers who have completed their doctorates, in principle, from three years to a maximum of eight years after PhD graduation.
    Maximum subsidy €800,000 for five years.

Other important grants, especially of interest for talented postdocs are:

  • Marie Curie Fellowship
  • RUBICON grant: for researchers who have completed their doctorates in the past year to gain experience at a research institution abroad.


Information about these individual grants, and other more specific grants and fellowships, can be obtained from our grants officer Marco Berndes.

Research Office contact persons
General: Ingrid Leijs
Individual grants: Marco Berndes