Organization Name / Department
KU Leuven
Organization Short Name
KU Leuven
Website of the organization / department
Organization Type
Research Fields
Chemistry (CHE) Economic Sciences (ECO) Environment and Geosciences (ENV) Information Science and Engineering (ENG) Life Sciences (LIF) Mathematics (MAT) Physics (PHY) Social Sciences and Humanities (SOC)
Sub-Fields / Keywords
open for all types of research
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action(s) of interest
  • European Postdoctoral Fellowships
Short Description of the Organization / Department
KU Leuven boasts a rich tradition of education and research that dates back six centuries. The university’s basic research orientation has always been and will remain fundamental research. At the same time, the university remains vigilantly open to contemporary cultural, economic and industrial realities, as well as to the community’s needs and expectations. From a basis of social responsibility and scientific expertise, KU Leuven provides high-quality, comprehensive health care, including specialised tertiary care, in its University Hospitals. In doing so it strives toward optimum accessibility and respect for all patients.

KU Leuven is currently by far the largest university in Belgium in terms of research funding and expenditure (€ 650 million in 2022), and is a charter member of LERU. KU Leuven conducts fundamental and applied research in all academic disciplines with a clear international orientation. In the Times Higher Education ranking KU Leuven is ranked as the 14h European university, while in the Reuters Top 100 of the World’s most innovative institutions (until 2019), KU Leuven was listed as the first European university, for four year in a row.

Previous Related Projects / Research Experience
In Horizon 2020, KU Leuven was granted 669 projects (€ 378,5 million), ranking fourth HES institution with regard to number of signed grants. KU Leuven takes up the 14th place of European HES institutions hosting ERC grants (as first legal signatories of the grant agreement, ERC annual report 2021). The over 100 ERC grants since 2007 involving KU Leuven researchers, (including affiliates with VIB and IMEC) confirm that KU Leuven is a breeding ground and attractive destination for the world’s best researchers. Its success in the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions is a manifestation of the three pillars of KU Leuven: research, education and service to society. In Horizon 2020, we were involved in 126 Innovative Training Networks, ranking us first institution of higher education with regard to number of MSCA-ITNs.
Thematic areas and list of supervisors who are looking forward to preparing a project proposal with postdoctoral researchers
Please look at our general website to identify research lines of your interest to find a suitable supervisor:
Contact Person/ Position in the Organisation/ Phone/ E-mail
Necessary documents
Full CV
allowances according to MSCA programme
Our extra offer (if applicable)
  • Organisation awarded with the Human Resources Strategy for Research (HRS4R) label
  • Funding of proposals awarded with the “Seal of Excellence (SoE)” label
Our extra offer (if applicable)

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FWO MSCA Seal of Excellence Postdoctoral fellowship for the 8 highest ranked proposals with Flemish institutes as beneficiary