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:

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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Postdoctoral Medical doctor applicant to an MSc - CSPD

The part-time CSPD fellowship is intended for a doctor who simultaneously undertakes postdoctoral research and a specialized master’s degree. The maximum duration is 2 years, renewable twice (for a maximum total duration of 6 years). The CSPD part-time term may begin at any time during the specialisation but must end no later than 4 years after the end of the specialisation. 

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Postdoctoral 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:


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 have a scientific research activity and are paid abroad to come and pursue their career in a WBF university.

The promoter-applicant to a MISU must be an active researcher with an excellent career track record during the past ten years, demonstrating significant research results. They must have the required skills for leading a research team and enjoy an international scientific recognition.

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 € 210,000.

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