LEaDing Fellows

LEaDing Fellows

The ‘LEaDing Fellows Postdoc Programme’ is a Horizon2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND programme  and will provide 90 researchers from all over the world who recently obtained a PhD, with the opportunity to gain two years of work experience. These positions are available in the challenging, internationally acclaimed and multidisciplinary environment offered by Leiden University, Leiden University Medical Center, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus Medical Center and Delft University of Technology. 

Leading Fellows

The aim is to provide opportunities for international, intersectoral and interdisciplinary research training, as well as transnational and cross-sectoral mobility, by offering open recruitment and attractive working conditions. Three calls with fixed deadlines will be opened, accommodating first 20, then 40 and finally 30 fellows.  Applicants can propose a project of their own choice, including a research proposal, career development plan, motivation letter, CV and support statement of his/her proposed supervisor in one of the universities or university medical centers of the program.
This website provides information for applicants about LUMC-specific issues (training and research alliances). In addition, the LUMC medical research profiles and a selection of research groups that are interested to host a LEaDing Fellows postdoc are presented. For more details about the LEaDing Fellows Postdocs Programme (including the call), please visit the LEaDing Fellows website.

About Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC)

LUMC is a university medical center for research, education and patient care with a high quality profile and a strong scientific orientation and ranks as the 6th best medical research institute in Europe (Shanghai-ARWU 2045 & 2015). It has a unique research practice, ranging from pure fundamental medical research to applied clinical research. Researchers at LUMC work together around 7 medical research profiles: Vascular and Regenerative Medicine; Immunity, Infection and Tolerance; Translational Neuroscience; Cancer Pathogenesis and Therapy; Ageing; Innovation in Health Strategy and Quality of Care; and Biomedical Imaging.

LUMC is a center for medical innovation, committed to the advancement of health care and education in line with the latest international insights and standards - and aims to play a nationally and internationally recognized leading role in improving medicine and the quality of health care. The collaboration between LUMC, Leiden University and the Leiden Bio Science Park creates unique possibilities for medical innovation in the Leiden area. Furthermore, LUMC participates in the League of European Research Universities (LERU), a strong international network of 21 renowned research universities based in 10 European countries. EIT Health and Medical Delta are other (inter)national research alliances in which LUMC is involved.

LUMC’s well-structured and productive research and training environment annually results in ~160 PhD theses and ~2.000 scientific publications with a citations score of 1.5 of the world mean (Mean Normalised Citation Score). Each year, LUMC welcomes many visiting scientists and foreign MSc/PhD students, with dedicate support by the Expat Centre Leiden for any issue when settling in the Netherlands/Leiden area.

LUMC has an extensive research budget and is very successful in obtaining funding from external resources such as the European Union. For example, LUMC is/has been host institution of 17 granted European Research Council (ERC) projects. Currently, LUMC is active in 54 granted Horizon2020 projects (17 as coordinator), including 11 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. Thus, LUMC has ample experience with training and supervision of international young researchers.


LEaDing Fellows local contact point at LUMC: Pieter de Koning (Directorate of Research)

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 707404.

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