16 starting science talents go to top foreign institutions thanks to Rubicon

22 July 2019

16 researchers who have recently gained their PhDs will do research at foreign research institutions thanks to a Rubicon grant from NWO. The Rubicon programme is intended to give young, highly promising researchers the opportunity to gain international research experience.

The research topics include the risks of a difficult youth in relation to health problems at a later age, flexible meta-materials for energy management in micro-robots, and how faith in equality provides the basis for our modern democracy.

Top institutions

Thanks to the Rubicon grant these young researchers can do their research at top institutions such as Lund University and Harvard. The majority of the researchers will go abroad for a period of 24 months. A total of 13 Rubicon researchers are going abroad for 24 months, one is going for 22 months and two will go for 18 months. For many researchers, experience abroad is an important step in their career. The awards concern the first funding round of 2019.

Facts and figures

61 researchers submitted a proposal for Rubicon, 28 of them women and 33 men. The overall award rate was 26.2%. The award rate was 28.6% for women and 24.2% for men. Five laureates are going to the United States, three to the United Kingdom, two to Germany and the rest of the individual candidates are going to Australia, Switzerland, Sweden, Canada, France and Denmark. For many researchers, experience abroad is an important step in their career.


With a Rubicon grant researchers can spend up to 24 months doing research at a foreign institution. The size of the grant is dependent on the destination chosen and the duration of the stay. Each year, NWO can fund about 60 young researchers within Rubicon (for a total amount of 7 million euros allocated over three rounds).

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Source: NWO


Mw. P. Savenije (voor mediavragen) Mw. P. Savenije (voor mediavragen) t: +31 (0)6 83 89 37 13 p.savenije@nwo.nl


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