Doctoral Grant for Teachers

Teachers can apply for a grant for a PhD study.


Teachers from primary, secondary, further professional, higher professional and special education can receive a grant for a PhD study. The aim is to directly apply the knowledge and research experience acquired for the benefit of educational practice. A higher number of practising teachers with a PhD also increases the quality of education and strengthens the connections between universities and schools. 

You can apply for a PhD grant for any research subject. However, you must be able to indicate the importance of the research for your own educational practice or education in a broader sense. 

Who can apply

You must hold a tenured position and you must be employed at an educational institute funded by the Dutch government. 

What can be applied for

With the PhD grant a replacement teacher can be appointed for a period of maximal 5 years for half of your contract hours, up to a maximum of 0.4 fte. 

When can be applied

The closing date for submissions in the second application round 2017 is 5 September 2017, 14:00 hrs. 



Further information about the criteria can be found in the call for proposals. 

The quality of the candidate and the research proposal are assessed according to two criteria: 

  • quality, motivation and persuasiveness of the applicant
  • quality of the proposed research and the effects of this


A science-wide committee will assess the proposals and will compile a prioritisation list. Candidates with the highest chance will be invited for an interview. The candidate will present the elaborated research idea to the selection committee. The Domain Board Social Sciences and Humanities of NWO will take the final granting decision.  



Open for application


5 September 2017 14:00

Grant type



4,5 mln euro.

Science area



Doctoral Grant for Teachers



NWO in transition: changes funding instruments

On 1 January 2017, NWO will adopt a new organisation structure. Current funding instruments will remain unchanged until a decision about any change is taken. NWO will announce this change at least six months in advance. 2017 will be a transition year and the new funding instruments will become effective no later than 1 January 2018.


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