NWO guarantees paid pregnancy leave for Rubicon laureates

23 April 2015

NWO will guarantee that in the event of pregnancy leave, Rubicon laureates will continue to receive their full salary. With the Rubicon programme NWO funds young researchers who want to do research abroad. In the current situation these researchers are usually employed by the foreign host institute. However, these institutes do not always provide paid leave in the case of pregnancy.

With a grant from NWO's Rubicon programme, young scientists can work abroad for up to 24 months

Researchers and Rubicon laureates recently made NWO aware of the lack of a fully paid pregnancy leave arrangement within the Rubicon programme. The Governing Board of NWO concluded that the lack of a fully paid pregnancy leave regulation for Rubicon laureates is not in line with NWO's diversity policy. Rubicon gives young researchers the possibility of gaining experience abroad after their PhD. NWO wants ambitious female researchers who are in this crucial phase of the scientific career to have every opportunity to develop their talent.

Rubicon laureates are usually employed by the foreign host institute. In response to the researchers' request, NWO will in future indicate the preference that Rubicon laureates remain in the employment of a Dutch university during their period abroad. They can then make use of the Dutch legislation that gives 16 weeks of paid pregnancy leave. If employment by a Dutch university is not possible then the researcher can also enter the employment of the host institute. In both cases, NWO will guarantee that the salary is fully paid in the case of pregnancy leave. Rubicon projects are already unconditionally extended by NWO for the period that a Rubicon researcher takes pregnancy leave. Nothing will change in that respect.

About Rubicon

With a grant from NWO's Rubicon programme, young scientists can do research at a foreign research institute for a period of up to 24 months The size of the grant depends on the destination chosen and the length of the stay. NWO is able to fund around 60 young researchers through Rubicon every year (for a total sum of seven million euros, spread over three rounds). The Rubicon programme is named after the river Julius Caesar crossed prior to his series of victories, which ultimately led to his declaration ‘veni, vidi, vici’.


Source: NWO