Aspasia provides grants to help more female scientists progress to associate and full professorships.


Women are underrepresented at higher levels on the career ladder. This is certainly true for higher education and research in the Netherlands. Aspasia ensures that more female assistant professors progress to the level of associate or full professor. Aspasia was set up by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, the Association of Universities in the Netherlands and NWO.

The grant is intended to encourage the promotion of female Vidi grant candidates to an associate professorship and female Vici grant candidates to a full professorship.

Who can apply

Aspasia is linked to the Vidi and Vici competitions of the NWO Talent Scheme. Eligible candidates:

  • female applicants who have received a Vidi or Vici grant;
  • female applicants who were not granted a Vidi or Vici, but were assessed as very good or excellent after the interview procedure: university executive boards who promote these candidates to an associate or full professorship within a year of the Vidi or Vici being granted will be eligible for a grant under certain conditions.

What to apply for

For applicants who received funding in the Vidi and Vici competition the grant is €100,000. For other applicants the grant is €200,000. Therefore applicants who did not receive funding from the Talent Scheme receive a higher Aspasia grant.

When to apply

After the Vidi and Vici grant decisions, NWO will contact those candidates eligible for an Aspasia grant. Candidates who are an associate or full professor will not be approached. If the candidate agrees, NWO will recommend promotion to her University Executive Board.


There are no selection criteria. If the promotion satisfies the conditions stated in the call for proposals, NWO will allocate the grant.




Open for full proposals, by invitation only


Continuous application

Grant type



In 2016/2017: 7 mln euros

Science area

NWO-wide Earth and Life Sciences Chemical Sciences Physical Sciences Humanities Social Sciences Physics Technical Sciences ZonMw




Investing in talent and curiosity-driven research (2011-2014)


Ministry of Education, Culture and Science


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