The Comeniusprogramme stimulates innovation in Dutch higher education. The grants and fellowships enable professionals in higher education to implement their ideals and ideas in practice. By demonstrably valuing excellent and inspired teaching, the ministry of education is keen to contribute to more variety in the careers of teachers and researchers at universities and universities of applied sciences. Each year teachers can apply by submitting their proposal. The Centre for Academic Teaching supports teachers with preparing their proposal.

The Comeniusprogramme offers the following grants:  

  • Teaching Fellows: €50,000 one-year project, small-scale innovation,
  • Senior Fellow: €100,000, two-year project, innovation in a complete degree programme,
  • Leadership Fellow: €250,000, three-year project, innovation in one or more faculties or a complete institution.

The ‘Fellows’ are distinguished: not based on their quality as a teacher or educational leader but on their experience and their impact on education. These Teaching Fellows are not to be confused with the Fellows of the Centre for Academic Teaching (the name of this programme was changed from Teaching Fellow to Senior Fellow programme in November 2018). This latter Senior Fellow programme is meant as a career track towards professorship with emphasis on education.

In 2020, the Comenius programme will have four themes, namely inclusive education, bildung/identity building, connection with society and a open theme on the subject of De waarde(n) van weten.

Deadlines round 2020
June 2019

Publication call for proposals Comenius Programme, including final deadlines

27 & 29 August 2019

CAT walk-in-mornings for feedback on proposals

August 2019

Deadline letters of intent Comenius programme

Deadlines round 2020 Teaching Fellows
End of August

Letter of intent

End of September

Preliminary application

End of November

Full application

Deadlines round 2020 Senior Fellows
Early September

Letter of intent

Early October

Preliminary application

Early December

Full application

Jan/Feb 2020

Reply Comenius programme

Deadlines round 2020 Leadership Fellows
Early September

Letter of intent

Early October

Full application

Dec 2019 / Jan 2020


End of March 2020


More information

Look at the site of the NRO for the annual theme’s for proposals chosen by the NRO and other FAQ’s. When you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact our Centre for Academic Teaching. The Centre is in contact with a wide network of experts. We are more than willing to help along to optimize your proposal.

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