Visitor's Travel Grant

Researchers in the Netherlands can apply for a visitor's grant for highly qualified senior researchers from abroad who hold a PhD. With this grant these researchers can stay in the Netherlands for a maximum of four months.


A visitor's grant is intended for the visit of a foreign researcher who makes an important contribution to a ongoing Dutch research project.

The aim of the visitor’s grants is to facilitate the cooperation between Dutch and foreign researchers. This increases the knowledge about Dutch research in other countries and strengthens the expertise at the Dutch research group.

Who can apply

Starting 2017 a researcher (at least post-doc), with a tenured position at one of the Dutch universities, KNAW institutes, NWO institutes, NKI, MPI Nijmegen, researchers from the Dubble Beamline at the ESRF in Grenoble, NCB Naturalis, and the Advanced Research Centre for NanoLithography (ARCNL) can apply for a visitor's grant.

What to apply for

Subsistence costs are remunerated for a maximum period of four months with a standard payment of:

  • 1750 euros per month for an experienced researcher;
  • 2000 euros per month for a professor.

International travel costs are reimbursed up to a maximum of:

  • 500 euros for researchers from Europe;
  • 1500 euros for researchers from outside of Europe.

When to apply

Applications can be submitted up until six months before the start of the visit and until the reserved budget for the programmes Visitor’s Travel Grant, Cooperation Germany - Von Humboldt Stiftung, Cooperation Japan, Cooperation Taiwan and Cooperation China travel and subsistence costs, seminars has been exhausted.



The following assessment criteria will be used:

  • quality of the applicant;
  • quality and seniority of the visitor;
  • quality and feasibility of the work plan for the work visit in relation to the period requested;
  • importance of the work visit for the progress of the ongoing research project;
  • knowledge utilisation.


The NWO-wide grant committee will assess the applications.



Open for application


Continuous application

Grant type

Cooperation and Exchange


185,000 euro per half year

Science area

NWO-wide Exact and Natural Sciences Social Sciences and Humanities Applied and Engineering Sciences WOTRO Science for Global Development ZonMw


Visitors Travel Grant


International collaboration (2011-2014)

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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