Westerdijk Fellowship

Utrecht University’s Faculty of Science aims for innovative scientific output. Gender diversity among the scientific staff plays an important role in achieving this goal. The Westerdijk Fellowship has been established to attract outstanding female talent with leadership potential, and offers a tenure-track appointment in combination with a PhD candidate position. This 5 year fellowship is intended for ambitious female Assistant- or Associate Professors who aspire to a full professorship. The fellowship is named after the first Dutch female professor, Johanna Westerdijk, who held the chair of Plant Pathology at Utrecht University.

For the current Westerdijk Fellowship opening, please visit the Utrecht University vacancy webpage.

Additional benefits tenure track

We offer a tenure track at the Assistant Professor level. If the fellow proves successful, a permanent position will be offered. In addition to the standard Utrecht University benefits, we offer:

  • support of an extra PhD candidate
  • technical and/or secretarial support  
  • an additional budget of € 50,000 for  personal development and conferences

The Faculty of Science is also happy to consider applications from women with a more senior profile. In that case, an entry at the Associate Professor level can be considered .


Applicants must be outstanding researchers in priority areas within the Faculty of Science and the specific faculty department. The applicants have the ambition to develop a research track and research group. Educational experience and affinity for teaching are also given high priority. The Westerdijk Fellows are expected to participate in and contribute to the development of the faculty’s teaching programme, so a broad scientific vision on research and education and organisational involvement are imperative. 

We especially encourage scientists currently not employed at Utrecht University to apply.

Westerdijk Fellows 2017

Anna-Lena Lamprecht has been appointed as Westerdijk Fellow at the Department of Computing and Information Science.

Westerdijk Fellows 2016

Damaris Schindler and Carolin Kreisbeck have been appointed as Westerdijk Fellows at the Mathematical Institute.