De Duve Institute

Post-Doctoral trainings and fellowships

Ph.D. programs in the de Duve Institute

Post-Doctoral trainings

Researchers who obtained a Ph.D. are welcome to apply for a post-doctoral training in the de Duve Institute. Ongoing research in the Institute is presented under the "RESEARCH" pages of this web site.
Candidates are expected to contact the head of the host laboratory (contact address can be found in research pages), to assess space, positions and funding opportunities.


Post-Doctoral fellowships

de Duve Institute post-doctoral Fellowships:

The de Duve Institute awards 1-year fellowships, which are renewable once, to young foreign scientists, who wish to carry out their post-doctoral research within one of the research groups in the Institute. Candidates must hold a PhD, MD or equivalent degree to be eligible.

How to apply ?

It is mandatory to contact the group leader of the laboratory of choice before any application.

Applications should contain (please use the form):
- A detailed CV of the candidate;
- A complete list of publications (including those in press) and pdf files of the publications;
- A statement mentioning the candidate's laboratory of choice, and his/her interests and accomplishments;
- A one-page summary of the project to be performed in the host lab, written by the applicant with input from the host lab;
- Address, email, telephone and fax numbers of three referees who are willing to provide information about the candidate.

The host laboratory head should provide a statement about the benefits of the post-doctoral training for the candidate and for his/her laboratory.

Application must be sent by email to Mrs. Françoise Mylle (franç at the central administration of the Institute, with a copy to the head of the host laboratory. Mrs Mylle will contact the three referees to request reference letters, and transfer the completed applications to the fellowship committee.


Bi-annual deadlines for application: January 15 and August 15.

Selection Procedure

- The de Duve Institute fellowship committee evaluates the applications and ranks the candidates according to scientific excellence. The de Duve Institute's directorate awards fellowships, based on the fellowship commitee's recommendations. Candidates and laboratory heads are informed about the decision shortly after the fellowship committee's meeting, which takes place approximately one month after the deadline for applications. The selected candidates may start their work as soon as possible and not later than six months after the date of selection.
- Candidates are strongly encouraged to present a seminar at the de Duve Institute, prior to the meeting of the fellowship committee. Candidates who, for practical reasons, cannot give a seminar, will be interviewed by fellowship committee members via teleconference.


Candidates, with help of the host lab head, are urged to apply to other fellowships, prior to and after being awarded a de Duve Institute fellowship.

These include:
- Post-doctoral fellowship from the Fonds Spéciaux de Recherche (Université catholique de Louvain; deadline October 1;
- Fellowships from the Belgian Science Policy
- Fellowships from the Brussels Region (Brains Back to Brussels;
- Fellowships Wallonie-Bruxelles-International
- EMBO long-term post-doctoral fellowships (Bi-annual deadlines;
- Marie Curie fellowships (
- Mandate of FRS-FNRS (Chargé de recherche; Chercheur temporaire postdoctoral;
- FEBS long-term fellowships (Biannual deadlines;
- AXA Research Fund postdoctoral fellowships (

What is the amount of the fellowship ?

The fellowships provide a tax-free monthly allowance slightly above 2000 Euro. This allowance is subject to correction for inflation. Health insurance, insurance against accidents on the way from home to work and registration fee for the University are all covered by the Institute. The de Duve Institute will contribute, if needed, towards the expenses incurred from the travel to join the Institute.

How is housing in Brussels ?

Housing in Brussels is in general not a problem and in many cases reasonably priced appartments, flats or studios ranging from 400 to 600 Euro/month are available on the University campus. If necessary, it is not too difficult to find reasonably priced housing off campus in the direct neighborhood of the Institute or even right in the centre of the city. The campus has its own metro station (Alma) of the Brussels subway network and is situated at the North-East rim of Brussels close to the international airport and at 15 min from the city center.