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

14 January 2019

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.

They will investigate, amongst other things, the survival of the first world language, using the immune system to combat cancer, the effectiveness of psychotherapy for specific disorders, and materials inspired by nature.

Top institutes

Thanks to the Rubicon grant, these young researchers can do their research at top institutes like Harvard University and Stanford University. Fifteen Rubicon researchers will go abroad for a period of 24 months, one for 14 months and another for 12 months. For many researchers, experience abroad is an important step in their career. The awards are for the second funding round of 2018.

Facts and figures

A total of 81 researchers submitted a proposal for Rubicon, of which 34 women and 47 men. The overall award rate was 21%. The award rate was 14.7% for women and 25.5% for men. Eleven laureates are going to the United States, two to the United Kingdom, one to Switzerland and one to Australia. 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).

Directly to

Source: NWO


Drs. Joris Voskuilen Drs. Joris Voskuilen +31 (0)70 3440989 rubicon@nwo.nl


Poppy Savenije (voor mediavragen) Poppy Savenije (voor mediavragen) t: +31 (0)6 83893713 p.savenije@nwo.nl