Comenius Teaching Fellows

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.


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 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:

  • International Classroom
  • Smarter and better learning with technology
  • Focus on student wellbeing
  • Open theme - full scope of the Value of knowledge - strategic agenda for Higher education will make the greatest contribution to higher education.

The full text of the Strategic Agenda

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 main applicant 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.;

Additional terms and conditions can be found in the Call for Proposal.

what to apply

A budget of up to €50,000 is available for each project. The requested budget may not exceed €50,000 and may not be less than €45,000.

Applications can be submitted for projects with a duration of at least 12 months and at most 18 months. The start date of a project cannot be before the planned announcement of the decision, so not before 01 May 2019.

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.

  • The deadline for submitting a letter of intent was 28 August 2018, 14:00 hours CEST.
  • The deadline for submitting a preliminary application was 25 September 2018, 14:00 hours CEST.
  • The deadline for submitting a full application is 27 November 2018, 14:00 hours CEST.



The full applications will be assessed on the basis of the following criteria. Preliminary applications will be assessed against criteria 1 and 2, with both criteria counting for 50% at this stage.

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

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


Applications are assessed by a science-wide assessment committee. The committee prepares an opinion 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.

More information

More information (in Dutch) and a list of Frequently Asked Questions (Dutch and English) can be found via the website of the National Initiative for Educational Research.



Closed for application


27 November 2018 14:00

Grant type



2.100.000 euro

Science area

Netherlands Initiative for Education Research Exact and Natural Sciences Social Sciences and Humanities Applied and Engineering Sciences WOTRO Science for Global Development Medical Sciences Nationaal Regieorgaan Praktijkgericht Onderzoek


Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap


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