LEaDing Fellows Postdoc 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.

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.


Recruitment is divided over 3 calls:

Call 1: 1st of February until 31st of March 2017: CLOSED
Call 2: 1st of November 2017 until 10th of January 2018: CLOSED
Call 3: open from 1st of September 2018 until 31st of October 2018

Candidates apply for a position with a proposal of their own design within one of the partner 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 about the programme will soon be made available on the website www.leadingfellows.eu

LEaDing Fellows Programme Office

Caroline Kohlmann-Van Noord
HR policy officer

Veronique van der Varst
Project Management officer

Leiden-Delft-Erasmus strategic alliance

Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and Erasmus University Rotterdam have already worked together for many years in various fields of education, research and valorisation. Their partnership was extended and formalised through the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus strategic alliance in 2012.

Delft University of Technology has taken the lead in organising the ‘LEaDing Fellows Postdoc Programme’.