Senior Fellow Programme

The Utrecht University Senior Fellow Programme aims to strengthen educational leadership within the university and to increase the number of professors with a special focus on education. The programme contributes to the visible appreciation for education and teaching and shows that also a career in education is possible. The programme also aims to promote innovation in teaching and learning and to increase the overall quality of education. Senior Fellows will play a key role in improvements of the education at the Utrecht University and are an inspiration to their colleagues.


Senior Fellows are appointed for two days a week at the Utrecht Centre for Academic Teaching and Learning (CAT): one day to be devoted to a project that involves leadership in strategic institutional curriculum and/or policy development and one day to personal development as well as active contribution to teacher development activities of the CAT. For the rest of their working time, Senior Fellows will remain active within teaching and research at their faculty. Active dissemination of findings and insights is an important part of the fellowship.

The duration of the fellowship is flexible, ranging from three to five years depending on the seniority of the candidate, to be reviewed by the nominating dean. Successful completion of the programme will culminate in a nomination for a position as full professor with a special emphasis on education. The programme is open to candidates who have completed the Educational Leadership Programme and hold the Senior Teaching Qualification (SKO), or have achieved equivalent competencies.

Application and selection

Applications can only be nominated by the dean of the faculty. The Executive Board has appointed a selection committee which will review the applications. The members of this committee are: prof. Sari Lindblom (Chair, University of Helsinki) , prof. Martyn Kingsbury (Imperial College London), prof. Wim Kremer, prof. Susan te Pas and prof. Marieke van der Schaaf (Utrecht University).

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You can read about the projects of current Senior Fellows via the button below.

Senior Fellows Centre for Academic Teaching and Learning