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Workshop Grants

What is it?

The VRF-workshop grants offer financial support for the organization of scientific workshops at a European university or research institute. These scientific meetings can either be thematic and narrowly focused on a specific topic, or more general and broad-ranging, as long as they are in line with and attempt to contribute to the overall mission of the Van Riemsdijk Foundation.

Who can apply?

Anyone with a paid research position at a European university or research institute can apply for a VRF-workshop grant. In case the applicant has a temporary position, the period of employment should cover at least the time period during which the workshop will take place. We strongly encourage junior researchers (at the postdoctoral or even the (advanced) doctoral level) to also apply for a VRF-workshop grant.

Conditions & regulations

VRF-workshop grants are subject to the following conditions and regulations:

  • The maximum allowance is €5000.
  • Co-financing is not required, but it is encouraged.
  • The workshop takes place at a European university or recognized research institute.
  • The main applicant has a paid position at a European university or recognized research institute and the period of employment includes the date at which the workshop will be organized.
  • The workshop is open to anyone who wants to participate.
  • The program can contain invited talks, but there also has to be an open call for papers, whereby talks are selected based on an anonymous abstract reviewing procedure. In their selection of invited speakers the workshop organizers are encouraged to strive for a balance with respect to gender, ethnicity, and professional status.

The full list of regulations can be found here.


The application procedure for a VRF-workshop grant proceeds as follows:


Selection criteria

In selecting proposals for funding the Van Riemsdijk Foundation takes into account the following selection and evaluation criteria:

  • scientific value and potential of the workshop
  • relevance for and contribution to the mission statement of the Van Riemsdijk Foundation
  • need for the requested funds
  • international character of the workshop
  • support for and promotion of early-career researchers (e.g., including junior people as speakers).

Important dates & deadlines

  • 1 June 2024: call is opened
  • 1 October 2024: deadline for submissions
  • December 2024: notification of funding decision
  • Within three months after the workshop: submission of scientific report


If you have questions regarding any aspect of the VRF-workshop grants, please contact us at