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2015 Van Gogh Programme for French and Dutch Researchers

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The Van Gogh Programme is a bilateral programme financed by France and the Netherlands. As of 2014 the programme is managed by Nuffic. The programme promotes exchanges between researchers within specific research projects and annually supports around 150 researchers from France and the Netherlands.

The programme supports research projects focused on developing science. Often, these projects involve  (fundamental) research within a specific field of expertise. This involves the research teams using each other’s facilities, unique collections and archives and specific research methods.

These projects often lead to bilateral joint PhD tracks, joint publications in renowned peer reviewed journals and collaborations within an EU context.

Target group

Van Gogh grant holders are excellent researchers with an outstanding tenure track and international exposure. Prospective candidates include, among others, Veni, Vidi Vici scholars, French and Dutch ERC scholars, Spinoza Price winners, members of De Jonge Academie and their French counterparts.

Researchers, recognised as excellent by their own institution, may also apply.


Dutch researchers who wish to receive a grant to visit their French colleagues, have to be employed by a Dutch research and knowledge centre that collaborates with French researchers or would like to. The French researchers must also receive a travel grant from the French Van Gogh Programme to visit their Dutch colleagues.

The following conditions apply to applicants from the Netherlands:

  • The donation is between €1,500 and €4,000 per research team per year.
  • The grants may only be used for travel and accommodation expenses.
  • Travel costs: actuals of up to  €350 per person per return trip;
  • Accommodation: up to €110 per person per day;
  • The costs made by other members of the research team may also be covered.
  • Nuffic pays the expenses of Dutch researchers travelling to France.

How to apply

Dutch researchers can apply for a Van Gogh Scholarship at www.wilweg.nl/van-goghprogramma.

French researchers can apply for a Van Gogh Scholarship via the French Van Gogh Programme.

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