More about the Delft Technology Fellowship

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, over 70 Delft Technology Fellows have joined our community and made valuable impact.  

The Delft Technology Fellowship offers high-profile tenure-track positions to top female scientists within TU Delft's research areas. A 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 Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Full Professor level.

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 holding a PhD 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 a few years of 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.

You have educational experience and an affinity for teaching, 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:
    • 4 references (Assistant Professor)
    • 6 references (Associate / Full Professor) 
  • Vision document (maximum 2000 words) containing your research proposal and your vision on 1) education, 2) leadership and 3) 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 5 year fellowships are awarded at full Professor, Associate Professor or Assistant Professor level.

Employment:              32 - 38 hours (1 FTE)
Duration of contract:   6 years with evaluation for permanent employment after max 5 years

Salary ranges: 


Gross per month

Full professor:

€ 6.099 - € 10.721

Associate professor:

€ 5.506 - € 7.362

Assistant professor:

€ 3.974 - € 6.181

Conditions of employment

A (tenure-track) position is offered for six years. Based on performance indicators agreed upon at the start of the employment contract, a decision will be made by the fifth year whether to offer you a permanent faculty position. For circumstances as having children or parental leave during the tenure track, it is possible to delay the definitive assessment and extend the Tenure Track employment contract to a maximum of 8 years.

The TU Delft offers a customisable compensation package, a discount for health insurance and sport memberships, 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. We expect you to obtain a University Teaching Qualification (UTQ) within three years if you have less than five years of teaching experience. 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 1st 2022 – January 15th 2023

Receiving applications

January 16th 2023 – February 1st 2023


February 1st 2023 – Begin April 2023

Interviews and trial lectures
Begin April 2023

Final selection by Central Selection Committee

Mid April 2023

Nomination of 10 Fellows by the Executive Board