“INBO – FWO” fellowships

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INBO is committing itself, to finance  depending on available financial means, one or two doctoral fellowships (fundamental research or strategic basic research). The number of available fellowships will be decided upon each year.

This ambition is established in a collaboration protocol between the FWO and INBO, thus creating the doctoral fellowships "INBO - FWO". These fellowships, including bench fee, are financed by INBO. The fellowships fit in the regular doctoral programs of the FWO, and applications are submitted and evaluated in the concerned calls for proposals. The collaboration starts from the fellowships starting in 2020.

Only regular FWO call fellowship applications at which INBO has agreed to act as an additional host institute, and that were approved by FWO but could not be financed, are eligible for a fellowship "INBO - FWO".

Through an agreement/contract between the fellow and the FWO, these fellowships are subject to the FWO regulations for doctoral fellowships. INBO draws up a collaboration agreement with the main host institutes involved.


  1. Remote sensing in support of efficiently updating Flanders’ Biological Valuation Map (BVM)
  2. Fungal community analysis within and among woody debris types in Atlantic lowland old-growth beech forest
  3. Modelling macrobenthos production as food for fish and birds in the river Scheldt under different climate scenarios
  4. Are Flemish nature reserves sufficiently climate-proof for European and Flemish species of conservation concern?
  5. (The importance of the Sigma Plan inundation areas for the European eel (Anguilla anguilla L.))
  6. Evolutionary ecology of two Larus gulls under anthropogenic change - Shifting life-history strategies under anthropogenic change
  7. Evolutionary ecology of two Larus gulls under anthropogenic change - Early environment, health and personalities
  8. Evolutionary ecology of two Larus gulls under anthropogenic change - Foraging and space use by an urban exploiter
  9. Assessing the spatial and genetic distribution and ecological impact of the invasive American bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana) in Flanders
  10. Testing the effectiveness of monitoring fish communities via environmental DNA-based methods in lotic systems
  11. Investigation of the impact of habitat fragmentation on plant-pollinator network structure and plant fitness
  12. Effects of temperature and water limitation on growth and offspring behavior in woody plants
  13. Adaptation of trees to climate change – interactions of climate, genetic variation and epigenetic modifications
  14. The effects of tree species diversity in mixed-species forests on reproductive success and genetic diversity