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Here you can find an overview of travel grants for which SILS researchers might be eligible. This is not a comprehensive overview, other options might apply as well.

The list below is specifically meant for researchers already working at SILS. For general (external) funding opportunities for PhD candidates, check the UvA information 'Funding and Scholarships' for PhD researchers.

  • Stichting ter bevordering van het onderzoek in de Biochemie


    The “Stichting ter bevordering van het onderzoek in de Bioschemie” was founded on 21 October 1971 by Prof. E.C. Slater, professor of physiological chemistry and a leading scientist in the field of biochemistry. The E.C. Slater Institute for Biochemical Research was merged into the current Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences (SILS) around 2000. Thanks in particular to the efforts of Prof. Karel van Dam, the Foundation prospered in the 1980s, and in 2019 the remaining assets were transferred under the management of the current board.


    In 2020 the current board decided to reinterpret the original objective of the foundation (“promoting scientific research at the University of Amsterdam's laboratory for biochemistry”) in the light of the times, since both within the University of Amsterdam as well as within the (inter)national research landscape, significant developments have taken place.

    The foundation:

    • Awards grants to applications from employees (and students; see below) from SILS-UvA. (NB: If the finances allow and the applications meet the requirements, applications from students affiliated to HIMS and IBED are also eligible).
    • Supports requests for working visits and/or participation in conferences abroad.
    • Preferably supports applications from junior employees on temporary contracts (PhD candidates, postdocs). (NB: Members of the permanent staff (including tenure trackers) and students (BSc/MSc) are eligible if resources permit. Board members and/or their immediate family members are not allowed to submit an application themselves.
    • Only supports applications that meet the following requirements: the applicant's research concerns experimental biological research (practical and/or theoretical) at the molecular and cellular level, including systems biology.

    What can be requested?

    The foundation annually provides 2-4 grants of 500-1000 euros each (lump sum) to reimburse travel and/or accommodation costs (500 euros within Europe, 1000 euros outside Europe).

    When can a request be made?

    The foundation is open to applications all year round and awards scholarships three times a year:

    • Early Spring deadline: 1 March, decision end of March (for travel taking place in 6-7 months after the deadline).
    • Early Summer deadline: 15 June, decision end of June (for travel taking place in 6-7 months after the deadline).
    • Fall deadline: 31 October, decision mid-November (for travel taking place in 6-7 months after the deadline).

    How to apply?

    Applications can be submitted electronically via an application form that can be sent by e-mail to the secretary of the foundation. The form can be found via this link (UvA accounts only) or requested via the secretary of the foundation (details below).

    Current board composition

    Prof. dr. M.P. (Marten) Smidt

    Chair. Professor in Molecular Neuroscience

    Dr. R. (Renée) van Amerongen

    Secretary. Associate professor in Developmental, Stem Cell and Cancer Biology

    Prof. dr. K.J. (Klaas) Hellingwerf

    Treasurer. Emeritus professor in General Microbiology

  • Genootschap ter bevordering van Natuur-, Genees- en Heelkunde

    The Genootschap ter bevordering van Natuur-, Genees- en Heelkunde (GNGH) awards scholarships and contributions to young researchers located in Amsterdam, including a travel grant for researchers with no other means to finance a (conference) trip that is awarded twice a year. Check their website for available scholarships and deadlines. 

  • Science Park Study Group Study Grant

    The Amsterdam Science Park Study Group is dedicated to building a community of computational scientists in biology and other disciplines at Amsterdam Science Park. They have a fund designed to support Early Career Researchers (mainly PhDs, Postdocs) of the community in their pursuit of better data skills. For more details and applying, visit their website.