20 young research talents off to foreign top institutes thanks to rubicon

23 July 2018

20 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.

Among other things, they are investigating the glass ceiling in science for women and minorities, the influence of multilingualism on brain development, dengue and the evolution of virus epidemics.


Thanks to the Rubicon grant, these young researchers can do their research at top institutes. 1 Rubicon-researchers leaves for 30 months, 16 go for 24 months abroad, 1 for 16 months and 2 others for 12 months. The awards are for the first funding round of 2018.

Facts and figures

A total of 88 researchers submitted a proposal for Rubicon, of which 37 women and 51 men. The overall award rate was 22.7%. The award rate was 29.7% for women and 17.6% for men. Nine laureats are going to the United States, two to the United Kingdom, two to switzerland, two to Germany. The others to countries varying from Singapore to Norway and New-Zealand. 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