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.