VU University Research Fellowship (URF) is a programme developed for a select number of internationally renowned scientists at VU Amsterdam. It is a token of appreciation and a public tribute to the university’s most excellent scientists for their extraordinary research performances. These scientists will be entitled to reward the best student of their choice (nationally or internationally) with a University Research Fellow which will carry their own name. The Fellow will work together with the scientist for a maximum of 12 months on research or in their educational activities. The Fellowship starts each year in September.
The attribution of the personal URF is reserved for leading scientists who are recognized by their peers for their extraordinary contributions to their disciplines through the receipt of the following grants or distinctions: NWO Spinozapremie, ERC Advanced Grant or NWO VICI Grant.