Comenius Programme

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 (links below show last year's calls):

  • Teaching Fellow (> 2 years of experience);
  • Senior Fellow (> 5 years of experience, application one per faculty);
  • Leadership Fellow (> 7 years of experience, application one per institution).   

Quick facts






4 themes (see below)

4 themes (see below)


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

min 45.000 eur

max 50.000 eur

min 90.000 eur

max 100.000 eur

min 450.000 eur

max 500.000 eur

Scale of Impact

a single study programme (course/subject learning pathway/skills trajectory, etc.), for which the Fellow is responsible

in a faculty or degree programme

across several faculties or an entire institution


Writing the proposal

Expert help

Do you need expert help on writing the proposal? Comenius organises special writings sessions (4x 2 hours) for applicants.

Deadline for enrolment: 23 August
Start writing sessions: 1 Sept (evening) or 2 Sept (morning)
Language: unfortunately only in Dutch.
Costs: 495,- 
More information and enrolment:

Tips by Mariska Knol

TIP! Watch these seven videos with tips from Mariska Knol about how to write your proposal for the Comenius grant.

Get inspired

Want to get inspired by (former) TU Delft Comenius Fellows? Click here to read more about them and their projects. 

Are you going to apply for a Comenius grant?

Please let us know if you are (thinking about) applying for a Comenius grant by sending an email to

Not only do we want to help you by thinking along about your application, we are also interested in your ideas in general and like to discuss how we can potentially support you in sharing your ideas with the Teaching Academy community and/or connect you with colleagues who are working on similar initiatives.


Comenius grant themes

Teaching and Senior Fellowship

Leadership Fellowship

The Leadership Fellows projects are not submitted within a certain theme. These are intended to give a boost to the educational ambitions of the university or university of applied sciences as formulated in the strategic (education) plan of the institution concerned.

Overview of the procedures & deadlines

Source. Presentation information session Comenius programme 2022, NRO. 

For more information on the calls of each fellowship, send an email to or have a look at the NRO websites: 

Calls > Comenius programme Teaching Fellows 2022
Calls > Comenius programme Senior Fellows 2022
Calls > Comenius programme Leadership Fellows 2022


Granted Comenius Projects

The Teaching Academy congratulates: