17 young research talents off to foreign top institutes thanks to Rubicon

9 April 2018

17 researchers who have recently received their PhDs can do their research at foreign research institutes thanks to a Rubicon grant from NWO. The Rubicon programme gives young, highly promising researchers the opportunity to gain international research experience.

Some of the topics they are going to study include the perception of female scientists in the early modern period, movement problems in elderly people, the role of attention in chronic pain and the influence of the immune system in fighting cancer.


Thanks to the Rubicon grant, these young researchers can do their research at top institutes like Harvard University and the University of Copenhagen. Eleven Rubicon researchers will go abroad for a period of 24 months, three will go for a period of eighteen months and three for twelve months. For many researchers, experience abroad is an important step in their career. The awards are for the third funding round of 2017.

Facts and figures

A total of 93 researchers submitted a proposal for Rubicon, of which 42 women and 51 men. The overall award rate was 18.3%. The award rate was 25.5% for women and 9.5% for men. Eight laureates are going to the United States, three to the United Kingdom, two to Australia, Two to Denmark, one to South Africa and one to Belgium. For many researchers, experience abroad is an important step in their career.


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).

Source: NWO