Comenius Teaching Fellows 2021

Professionals in higher education can apply for a grant of 50.000 euro and a Comenius Teaching Fellowship for small-scale innovation in higher education.

  • Purpose

    The aim of the Comenius programme is to give impetus to educational innovation and improvements by professionals in higher education.

    The Teaching Fellow, supported by a team of colleagues, advisers and students, can use the 50,000 euro grant to implement an educational innovation project. The proposed project must take place within the context of a single, defined study programme (course/subject learning pathway/skills trajectory, etc.), for which the Fellow is responsible.

    Projects have a duration of one academic year, plus any start-up period from the time the grant is awarded until the start of the academic year.

    Proposals can be submitted within three fixed themes and one open theme:

    1. The first one hundred days of the student
    2. Working on societal issues
    3. Successful graduation
    4. Free theme - Fit for the future

    More information on the character of the projects and the themes can be found in the Call for Proposals.

  • Who can apply

    Applications can be submitted by education professionals working in publicly- funded higher education institutes in the Netherlands. 

    The  aplicant must have full or partial responsibility for the educational context in which the project will take place and must have direct contact with the students, e.g. as a teacher or lecturer of a particular subject or course, but also a student adviser, internship coordinator, etc.;

  • What to apply for

    A budget of up to 100,000 euros is available for each project. The requested budget may not exceed 100.000 euros and may not be less than 90.000 euros. 

    Applications can be submitted for projects with a duration of at least 24 months and at most 30 months. The start date of a project cannot be before the planned announcement of the decision (1st of May 2021).

    Additional terms and conditions can be found in the call for proposal.

  • When to apply

    The timely submission of a letter of intent and a preliminary application is a prerequisite for submitting a full application.

    • Deadline letter of intent: 8th of September 2020, 14:00 CE(S)T
    • Deadline preliminary application:  6th of October 2020, 14:00 CE(S)T
    • Deadline full application: 12th of January 2021, 14:00 CE(S)T
  • Assessment


    The full applications will be assessed on the basis of the following main criteria:

    1. Innovative nature of the project
    2. Expected result of the project
    3. Quality of the project plan
    4. Teaching profile of the applicant 

    Specific criteria for each tier can be found in the Calls for Proposals.


    Preliminary applications will be assessed by the assessment committee against criteria 1 and 2. Based on the preliminary application, the applicant will receive a positive or negative advice to develop a full application. These are assessed by the assessment committee. The committee prepares an advice on the proposals to be honoured. This is presented to the Minister of Education, Culture and Science. The Minister of Education, Culture and Science takes the final decision on the submitted applications.

    Further details on the procedure can be found in the Call for Proposals.

You will find all of the documents that you need for your application here. Applications must be submitted through the ISAAC application and reporting system. If you do not have an ISAAC account yet, then please create one at least one workday in advance. More information about writing a proposal and which forms you need to use can be found below. Please download and use the forms below

  • Do you already have an ISAAC account?
  • Have you submitted the letter of intent?
  • Have you submitted the preproposal?
  • Have you filled in the application form and saved it as a PDF?