More about the Delft Technology Fellowship

The Delft Technology Fellowship offers high-profile positions to top female scientists within TU Delft's research areas. Each Fellow gets the unique opportunity to shape her own research programme at the top international level, including a start-up grant. Fellowships are awarded at Full Professor, Associate Professor and Assistant Professor level.

At Delft University of Technology we embrace diversity as one of our core values and we actively engage to be a university where you feel at home and can flourish. We value different perspectives and qualities. We believe this makes our work more innovative, the Delft University of Technology community more vibrant and the world more just. Together, we imagine, invent and create solutions using technology to have a positive impact on a global scale.

Delft University of Technology's HR policy aims to encourage diversity in all areas. We are actively focusing on gender diversity, as it is known that the presence of more women in the organisation will promote diversity in a broad sense. To substantially increase the number of top female scientists, Delft University of Technology started the Delft Technology Fellowship in 2011, in which additional scientific positions for top female scientists were offered. Since 2011, more than 70 Delft Technology Fellows have joined our community and made valuable impact.  

Delft University of Technology works at providing new ground-breaking insights and solutions to urgent societal problems around the world. Thanks to its top scientists and unique, large-scale technological research facilities, this university offers world-level multidisciplinary research and education. TU Delft cooperates with many other educational and research institutions, both in the Netherlands and abroad. The high quality of our research and teaching is renowned. TU Delft has numerous contacts with governments, trade associations, consultancies, industry and small and medium-sized companies.

How do I apply?


You are a highly talented and motivated pioneer in a relevant discipline, with the ambition necessary to become a full Professor. You have a proven drive for scientific excellence demonstrated, for example, by publications in first-rate, international scientific journals, the ability to compete for external research funding and an extensive international network. You have post-doctoral working experience in industry or academia, preferably including experience outside of the Netherlands.

Depending on your level of experience you either are, or have the clear potential to develop into, an academic leader who guides and inspires her group. You have excellent communication and social skills, a coaching leadership style and experience in supervising research projects. You are self-critical and able to align your personal ambition with being an inspiring member of a team of first-rate colleagues.

Educational experience and affinity with teaching is important, as you are expected to participate in and contribute to the development of the department’s teaching programme.

This fellowship programme is open to female scientists currently not employed by TU Delft.


Application documents

Your application should include the following:

  • Cover letter including:
    • your motivation
    • the faculty and theme of interest
    • the position desired (Full, Associate or Assistant Professor level)
    • how many years of post-doctoral working experience in industry or academia you have
  • Resume including a detailed list of your publications and achievements.
  • Contact information of references (names, e-mail addresses, telephone numbers and relationships to the references) of:
    • 6 references (Associate/ Full Professor) 
    • 4 references (Assistant Professor).
  • Vision document (maximum 2000 words) containing your research proposal and your vision on 1) education, 2) leadership, 3) valorisation and 4) the embedding of your research into the Delft University of Technology organisation.

What we offer

As a fellow, you will be offered the unique chance to establish your own research programme of international repute, including generous start-up funding. The fellowships are awarded at full Professor, Associate Professor and Assistant Professor level.

Employment:                   32 - 38 hours (0,8 - 1 FTE)
Duration of contract:     A temporary employment contract for 18 months, where a permanent                                                                    employment contract will be offered after a positive evaluation.

Salary ranges: 


Gross per month

Full professor:

€ 6.648 - € 11.686

Associate professor:

€ 6.002 - € 8.025

Assistant professor:

€ 4.332 - € 6.737

Conditions of employment

The Fellowship starts with a temporary employment contract for 18 months, where a permanent employment contract will be offered after a positive evaluation based on confidence in results and development.

Complimentary to the Fellowship, Assistant Professors are offered an Academic Career Track, which takes a maximum of 8 years. At TU Delft we believe it is important to train you as an all-rounder and to really invest in you. Throughout the Academic Career Track, TU Delft offers an extensive ACT Development Program, consisting of a wide range of training courses and instruments in all areas of the academic career. You can find more about the Academic Career Track here.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance, and a monthly work costs contribution. Flexible work schedules can be arranged. Coming to Delft Service and Partner Career Advice can support with advice for you and your accompanying partner about your individual settling needs in the Netherlands. Once arrived you can be supported with individual consults and diverse workshops. Located on campus are the International Children’s Centre and an international primary school which are subject to availability as well as several bilingual schools in the nearby surrounding. Salary and benefits are in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement for Dutch Universities.

Inspiring, excellent education is our central aim. Should you have less than 5 years of teaching experience, we expect you to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) within three years. This is provided by the TU Delft UTQ programme.

TU Delft sets high standards for the English competency of the teaching staff. The TU Delft offers training to improve English competency. If you do not speak Dutch, we offer courses to learn the Dutch language within three years.

General information about working at TU Delft can be found here.


Selection process

December 4th 2023 – January 21st 2024

Receiving applications

January 22nd 2024 – March 25th 2024

Preselection, interviews and trial lectures

Mid April 2024

Final selection by Central Selection Committee

End of April 2024

Nomination of 10 Fellows by the Executive Board