LEaDing Fellowship Programme

The ‘LEaDing Fellows Postdoc Programme’ will provide 90 researchers from all over the world who recently obtained a PhD, with the opportunity to gain two years of work experience in the challenging, internationally acclaimed and multidisciplinary environment offered by Leiden University, Delft University of Technology, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Leiden University Medical Center and Erasmus Medical Center.


The programme offers a great chance for researchers in the field of safety and security. The participating Universities posess a vast body of knowledge in the field of safety and security. With research centers like the 'Delft Safety and Security Institute' at the TU Delft and the 'Institute for Security and Global Affairs at Leiden University' the participating universities offer a challenging and inspiring environment for safety and security research.


Marie Curie COFUND Programme

'LEaDing Fellows' is a Marie Curie COFUND programme. Jointly, the three universities and their two university medical centres have been awarded a European Marie Curie COFUND subsidy worth 6.3 million euros for a postdoc fellowship programme that will run until the end of December 2021.


First call in February 2017

The first call for proposals will go out in February 2017. Candidates will then be invited to submit a project proposal to one of the following knowledge institutions:



Multidisciplinary Research Projects

The postdocs will work primarily in multidisciplinary research projects embedded in the three universities and their medical centres; with possibilities to work together with businesses and public organisations, mainly in the region.

The LEaDing Fellows Programme will provide opportunities in the wide range of disciplines offered by the three universities: from archaeology to civil engineering, from nanotechnology to law, from Korean studies to sustainable energy technology, and from economics to medicine. This could also include the complex societal challenges that the multidisciplinary Leiden-Delft-Erasmus Centres and Medical Delta focus on.


Cooperation with Non-Academic Partners

Cooperating with non-academic partners such as established businesses, start-up technology companies, government authorities and other public organisations can open up new career prospects for the selected postdocs. The researchers will be introduced to their supervisors’ networks but also invited to make their own contacts in public and private organisations in the region.


More information

More information about the programme will soon be made available on the website www.leadingfellows.eu




Read the  original press release here.


Betrokken partners

Technische Universiteit Delft
Leiden University