Casimir PhD travel grants - application deadline



[update 31 Jan]: Applications for the Casimir PhD Travel Grants are closed.
If you missed the deadline, but are still interested in visiting another lab, please consider applying for an EMBO Exchange Grant. These grants are aimed to support international collaborations, enabling transfer of expertise. They accept applications throughout the year. More information about the EMBO Exchange Grants can be found here.

Casimir PhD Travel Grants
The Casimir PhD Travel Grants aim at promoting research exchanges of Casimir PhD candidates in other labs, by covering travel and accommodation costs for a short-term visit of the fellow.

As COVID has impacted all students in their in-person interactions and the ability to start new collaborations, we have decided to stimulate research exchanges for our PhD candidates with this new Casimir funding instrument. These grants will allow further development of specific skills of the PhD candidate by learning new techniques and expertise in another lab. In addition, the grant provides an opportunity for PhD candidates to work on their professional network.


  • Who: applicants must be PhD candidate of the Casimir Research School (see list of supervisors in download below).
  • What: funding for PhD students to visit other institutions for extended periods (up to 3 months) for a research collaboration with external groups / institution, with the purpose of enabling them to benefit from international collaborations in their research and to help them build an international network. Applications for grants to attend courses, workshops, symposia, conferences, or schools will not be considered.
  • Duration: visits should be between 7 days and 3 months.
  • When: visits should end before September 1st, 2023.

Deadline for the first application round is January 31st, 2023.
Applications must include:

  • Complete application form (fill in below);
  • Research proposal (up to 2 pages) that describes the goal of the visit, and motivates the added value of the exchange to the PhD project and on a personal level;
  • Support letter from the host lab, stating to provide the adequate working environment for the PhD candidate;
  • Support letter from the PhD supervisor, stating to support the visit of PhD candidate to the host lab and that the visit is valuable for the PhD candidate;
  • Budgetary estimates of travel and accommodation costs (as separate document): it should clarify how you estimated those costs (and if you would receive any additional financial support).

Application form can be filled in below. All other documents can be send (as pdf's) to our office: .
Only complete applications will be considered.

All applications are examined by the Casimir Office to ensure that they are complete and eligible. Receipt of complete applications will be acknowledged via email.

Applications are judged by an evaluation committee (including the Casimir coordinator and director), and decisions are approved by the Casimir Board. All applicants will be informed by February 20th, 2023.

Applications will be judged on the benefit of the travel for its contribution to the enrichment and progress research of the PhD student, and to the international network of the PhD student.

Final report
Grantees are requested to provide Casimir with a report of their activity at the host institute within six months of completing their visit. The report should be up to two pages and summarize the results as well as possible plans for further work to be undertaken. Upon receipt of the final report, Casimir Office will send a certificate.

For any questions about this Casimir PhD travel grant, or about the application, please contact the Casimir Coordinator (Celine Alkemade:

Application form (see below)  [CLOSED]
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