Sixteen Rubicon grants for research at foreign top institutes

11 January 2016

Sixteen researchers who recently gained their PhDs can now do research at a foreign research institute thanks to a Rubicon grant from NWO. The Rubicon programme aims to give young, highly promising researchers the opportunity to acquire international research experience.

16 Rubicon grants for research at foreign top institutes

The researchers will, amongst other things, investigate migrants in Italy, the evolution of multicellular bacteria, and imperial coronations during the latter days of the Holy Roman Empire. They will do this at top institutes like the École Française de Rome, Columbia University and Harvard University. Fifteen Rubicon researchers will go abroad for a period of 24 months. One is going for a period of 12 months. In the list of awards brief descriptions of the research proposals awarded funding are given. For many researchers foreign experience is an important step in their career. The awards are for the second funding round of 2015.


With a Rubicon grant researchers can conduct research for a period up to 24 months at a foreign research institute. The size of the grant depends on the destination chosen and the length of stay. NWO is able to fund around 60 young researchers through Rubicon every year (for a total sum of 7 million euros, spread over three rounds). The Rubicon programme is named after the river Julius Caesar crossed after his series of victories, which ultimately led to his declaration ‘veni, vidi, vici’.

Source: NWO