Writing the FWO doctoral fellowship


In this lecture, we will look closely at the requirements spelled out in the FWO application form and scoring grid. Our focus wil be first on the 10-page 'research outline'.

  • Part 1: Introduction to grant writing
  • Part 2: Analysis of the FWO application form and scoring grid
  • Part 3: Open floor for questions
  • Part 4: Final look at the proposal format – structure and space distribution in the 10 pages

The lecturer, Julia Staykova, has substantial experience as a consultant, with fundamental funding instruments at the European and national level, including ERC, FWO/ FNRS (Belgium), DFG and Humboldt (Germany), ANR (France), among others.

Learning outcomes

After having attended this workshop, participants will...

  • understand how to adapt their research project description to the FWO format;
  • understand how to structure their proposal.


An important part of preparing for any further professional step is becoming (more) aware of the competences you have developed and/or want to develop. In the current workshop, the following competences from the UHasselt competency overview are actively dealt with:

  • academic research competences:
    • obtaining and managing funding
  • interpersonal competences:
    • written communication


For whom?

  • Master students and PhD students who are preparing an application for an FWO PhD fellowship for fundamental research (FR) or strategic basic research (SB)


  • The session will take place on December 15, 2021 - 09:00-11:30
  • The session will be organized through Zoom


  • Registration is closed.
  • As places are limited, registering does not automatically imply that you will be able to participate. You will be notified by email in due time.
  • Please register only if you are sure you can participate on both days, and cancel your registration at least one week in advance if you cannot make it after all (cf. cancellation & no-show policy).

Acknowledged as

  • DS BSH: category 'research management & communication skills' - course on general research skills
  • DS ST: category 'research management' - info session on writing a successful project proposal