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Postdoctoral researcher

Postdoctoral researcher

The mission of the F.R.S.-FNRS is to promote free scientific (fundamental) research in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation by attributing grants to researchers and institutions (mainly WBF universities). To fulfil this mission, the F.R.S.-FNRS has set up its own financial instruments that are the subject of calls for proposals at different times of the year. Allocation of grants is conditional on a peer review of the quality of the proposal and is based on scientific excellence.

The F.R.S.-FNRS employs over 2,000 researchers at different stages in their careers.  

This covers:

  • either grants or fixed term contracts, for doctoral or postdoctoral researchers, 
  • or permanent positions for confirmed researchers (Research Associates, Senior Research Associates and Research Directors).

These researchers carry out their activities in all areas of science, within French-speaking universities that make their infrastructures available to them and integrate them into their academic environment. Other tools also make it possible to provide researchers conducting a project of excellence with scientific and technical personnel, equipment and means of operation. 



Postdoctoral researcher - CR

The CR fellowship is for a period of 3 years. Postdoctoral researchers may use the 3 years of their fellowship for a period of 6 years if external funding is found to carry out a postdoc outside the WBF.

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Post-doctorate Clinical Master Specialists - SPD, Clinical Researcher - CCL

The part-time SPD fellowship is restricted to postdoctoral accredited specialist clinical doctors who wish to dedicate themselves to fundamental research while pursuing a part-time hospital activity. It consists of a 6-year probation period divided into three two-year fellowships, followed by four-year fellowships that can be renewed without limits. As from the first four-year renewal, the name of the fellowship becomes Clinical Researcher (CCL).

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Télévie postdoctoral researcher

F.R.S.-FNRS – Télévie research assistant

The F.R.S.-FNRS - Télévie research assistant is part of the category of postdoctoral scientific personnel requested by a promoter of a Télévie funding application.

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Permanent researcher

A senior research fellowship enables a researcher to devote him/herself to research in a university within the WBF.  This fellowship is for an indeterminate period and has 3 levels:

  • the Research associate fellowship (CQ),
  • the Senior research associate fellowship (MR), which is a promotion of the CQ fellowship based on merit,
  • the Research director fellowship (DR), which is a promotion of the MR fellowship based on merit.


Research associate - CQ

The CQ fellowship allows a senior researcher to pursue his/her research independently.


Senior research associate - MR

CQ fellowship holders may apply for promotion to the MR title from the eighth academic year following their appointment, provided that during these years they have been exercising a fundamental research activity.

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Research director - DR

MR fellowship holders who are effectively exercising their research fellowship may apply for promotion to the title of DR from the beginning of the 4th year of the MR mandate. 

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Installation in the Wallonia-Brussels Federation


ULYSSE Incentive Grant for Mobility in Scientific Research - MISU

The objective of the MISU funding is to encourage highly qualified Belgian and foreign researchers who are currently pursuing a scientific career abroad to come and develop it at a WBF university.

At the time of application, the MISU candidate must have the ability to lead a team, have received international scientific recognition and have resided abroad continuously for at least five years. 

Under the MISU, the eligible costs are of 3 types: operations, equipment and staff.

The MISU is granted for a maximum duration of three years (2 years + possible extension of 1 year) and makes it possible to request maximum average annual funding of € 200,000.

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Tél : +32 2 504 92 11

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