The Comenius grants enable teaching staff in the Netherlands to put their ideas about how to innovate education into practice. The Dutch government aims to contribute to more widely varied careers for teaching staff and researchers in universities and universities of applied sciences by openly recognising excellent and inspired teaching.
There are three types of Comenius grants for teaching staff depending on their experience:
- Teaching Fellow (> 2 years of teaching experience, no limit on application);
- Senior Fellow (> 5 years of teaching experience, one application per faculty);
- Leadership Fellow (> 7 years of teaching experience, one application per institution).
Comenius Grant application 2024
The Comenius Call for Proposals will be published end-July.
4 themes (changing every year)
No specific themes
Length of the project
min 12 months
max 18 months
min 24 months
max 30 months
min 36 months
max 42 months
Budget per project
Scale of Impact
a single study programme (course/subject)
in a faculty or degree programme
across several faculties or an entire institution
Min yrs of teaching experience
> 2 yrs
> 5 yrs
> 7 yrs
Limit of applications
One per faculty
One per university
Themes are for Teacher and Senior Fellow grants, does not regard the Leadership Fellow grant.
Just like society, education is being faced with large changes and developments. For instance, technological developments are approaching education at high speeds. Artificial intelligence, such as ChatGPT, has had an impact on the short term, for example, the kind of assignments teachers give to students, but can also in the long term deliver improvements. In hybrid education forms such as learning communities, students get together from various education levels and societal partners more often to learn from each other. Students are also more often working beyond disciplines, such as to solve (societal) challenges in challenge-based learning. At the same time, education is more often shaped together with students. More innovation projects that are being evaluated on an evidence-informed manner can contribute to obtaining more insights on these education forms of the future.
Projects within this theme focus on the question of how innovative education forms and technological developments can be developed and implemented in a useful way into higher education, to improve students' learning.
An important question is how we can support various student groups to find their way to and through higher education with more success. How can good education be provided with equal attention to the qualification and socialization of students? How can we ensure that all participants in higher education feel at home, from the student to the teacher? Diversity in background or beliefs can be considered here, but for example also in the education sector, by improving the connection between universities and universities of applied sciences.
Projects within this theme focus on making education or the educational environment more inclusive for students.
Universities and universities of applied science aim to prepare students for their career development. The labour market is changing rapidly, with shifts in supply and demand, which means that it remains a challenge for higher education to maintain a connection with the professional field in the future. Consider, for example, the increasing shortage in the labour market and what this will demand of graduate students. Or major transitions as a result of which students will need different skills for a sustainable and healthy career.
Projects within this theme focus on preparing students for the changing labour market of the future.
Within the open theme, it is possible to choose from a wide range of topics. These are projects that contribute to the innovation and improvement of higher education for the benefit of students.
Projects within this theme focus on topics that arise from the teacher's curiosity in education design.
The Leadership Fellow projects are not submitted within a certain theme. These are intended to give a boost to the educational ambitions of the university as formulated in the strategic (education) plan of TU Delft.
Overview of the procedures & deadlines 2023-2024