Sandwich PhD candidates and the Sandwich Fellowship


As a sandwich PhD candidate you will spend the first six to eight months of your degree at Wageningen University. During this time you will expand your research proposal and follow a tailor-made education and training programme.

The next three years are spent conducting research in your home country under the supervision of a local supervisor. You will have regular contact with your supervisor in Wageningen via email. Sandwich PhD candidates often return to Wageningen for short visits, and a Wageningen University supervisor will sometimes visit the student’s home institute.

After you have finished collecting all your data, you return to Wageningen to finish the PhD thesis, which should take you approximately six months. After your thesis defense, your local supervisor will come to Wageningen to act as co-promoter at your graduation ceremony.


To apply for a sandwich PhD position, you can follow the steps outlined on the Application form. If you wish to apply for a sandwich PhD position, you will need to provide proof of commitment from your home institute in addition to the other documentation. Please bear in mind that the number of applications for sandwich PhD positions greatly exceed the number of available places. Only the best candidates with the most original and innovative research proposals will be selected.

Wageningen University Sandwich Fellowship

Deadline for proposals is May 16th, 2014. Please note that applications must be done by professors or senior scientific staff of Wageningen University.

Each year Wageningen University has fellowships available for sandwich PhD candidates. The fellowship consists, amongst other things, of a budget of around € 56.000. This covers eighteen months of stay in Wageningen, insurance and reimbursements for travel costs of student and super­visors. Additionally, Wageningen University will provide supervision, edu­cation and training, and a waiver for the university fee. The Wageningen University Sandwich Fellowship only covers the eighteen months a candidate spends in the Netherlands. Due to tax regulations sandwich PhD candidates funded by the WU sandwich PhD program are offered a PhD contract with a maximum length of 2 x 9 months..

A 2014 Sandwich PhD fellowship will consist of
Nr of payments Total
Monthly salary costs 18 x € 1900 € 34.200
Insurance 18 x € 43 € 774 (estimate)
Visa 3 x € 1000 € 3000
International travel expenses 3 x € 1400 € 4.200
Settling allowance, book allowance, sending home study material 1 x € 550 € 550
Field supervisor 2 x € 2.250 € 4.500 max.
Use of facilities* 18 x € 500 € 9.000
Total € 56.224 max. per fellowship

*In order to receive this compensation for the use of facilities, a chair group is required to send an invoice after each stay to:, (project nr. 80000 55510, kostenplaats 1529, grbk 48225).

The education budget and the costs for printing the thesis are not included in the sandwich budget. The department at which candidates conduct their research will compensate these costs.

Fellowship application

A supervising professor at Wageningen University is the only person who can start the application procedure for a Sandwich Fellowship. You will need to be admitted to the sandwich PhD programme before an application for the fellowship can be sent. A professor of Wageningen University may only submit one sandwich fellowship candidate per round.

Each round the selection committee will award fellowships to approximately seven candidates. If you obtain a sandwich PhD fellowship you must be in Wageningen for the first part of the sandwich fellowship within six months after the fellowship has been awarded. If not, the fellowship will no longer be available.

The sandwich PhD fellowship is awarded based on a your resume. It is not possible to apply for a partial fellowship. Institutes can also not change candidates after the selection procedure has been concluded.

Sometimes sandwich fellowships are used as a stepping stone to pursue more financially rewarding fellowships elsewhere. If you accept another fellowship, the Sandwich Fellowship will no longer be available. The recipient research group may not use the remaining funding to finance the research of another candidate.

You can apply by sending the application form plus all the required annexes through to At the end of the form you will find instructions. Please read the instructions carefully before sending the form.

Deadline for proposals is May 16th, 2014. Please note that aaplications must be done by professors or senior scientific staff of Wageningen University.

Admission requirements

You can only apply for a Sandwich Fellowship if you are a national of one of the countries in the following regions: Middle and South America, Africa, countries that belong to the former Soviet Union and that are not an EU-member state and all Asian countries except Japan, South Korea and Singapore. Dutchmen, including those who hold dual citizenship, will not be admitted into the sandwich PhD programme.

You will receive priority if you:

  • Can prove you will be employed at your home institute after completion of your PhD programme
  • You have received funding from your home institute
  • You are an MSc graduate from Wageningen University or if you work on Wageningen University a project

If you have recently finished an MSc at Wageningen University your application will be considered, but applicants with working experience at an institute in one of the countries mentioned above will receive preference. If no clear link between you and your home institute exists, your application will not be taken into consideration.

Selection criteria

Selection criteria for the fellowship are:

  1. Your link with your home institute:
    • Quality and infrastructure of the supervising groups
    • Written institutional support from the countries concerned
    • Quality of the relationship between the home institute and Wageningen University
  2. Your qualities as shown by:
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Diplomas
    • Publications
  3. The quality of the proposal:
    • Originality and innovative aspects of the proposed research
    • Clarity of the proposal: problem definition, research methodology (comparable to a WOTRO pre-proposal, no full proposals are accepted)

Please note that this fellowship only finances the eighteen months of the PhD programme you will spend in the Netherlands.


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