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 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. Inclusive education 
  2. Bildung/personal development
  3. Connection with society
  4. Open theme - the entire scope of The value(s) of Knowledge

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  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.;

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

What to apply for

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 (1st of May 2020).

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 10th of September 2019, 14:00 hours CE(S)T.
  • The deadline for submitting a preliminary application is 8th of October 2019, 14:00 hours CE(S)T.
  • The deadline for submitting a full application is 9th of January 2020 14:00 hours CE(S)T.



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 experience and vision of the applicant 

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


Preliminary applications will be by the assessed 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.

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.



Open for preliminary proposals


9 January 2020 14:00

Grant type



2.000.000 euros

Science area

Nationaal Regieorgaan Praktijkgericht Onderzoek NWO-wide


Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap


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