Writing the FWO doctoral fellowship: focus on the 10-page application form and the scoring grid

07 December 2022


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 the skill of grant writing
  • Part 2: Step by step analysis of the FWO application format and the scoring grid, with focus on meeting the expectations for an A score
  • Part 3: Open floor for questions
  • Part 4: How to work within the proposal format – structure and space distribution in the 10 pages, writing an attractive abstract, writing the motivation statement

The lecturer, Julia Staykova, has substantial experience as a consultant with fundamental funding instruments at the European and national level, including ERC, Horizon – RIA< MSCA, 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 7, 2022 - 09:00-12:00.
  • The session will be organized through Zoom.


  • Registration is possible here until November 9, 2022.
  • 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
  • DS HLS: category 'compulsory elective technical/methods courses' - half of a technical skills course
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