BMS PhD Fund: submit your proposal now! closed

# The BMS PHD FUND is DEPLETED for 2024. We expect to publish a call later in the week for activities in planned and paid for in 2025.

Sometimes, opportunities arise in your PhD project that may benefit your professional development, but which are not accounted for beforehand. Often, sections cannot financially support these (unexpected) opportunity-driven activities out of the planned PhD-project budget. In case the activities not only result in the scientific-career growth of you as a PhD but also positively contribute to the knowledge/expertise of our faculty BMS, you can apply for (partial) funding from the BMS PhD Fund.

2024 call Open for submission

In 2024 we announce calls in which your applications will be accepted. The next submission deadline is April 8th, 2024
We expect to have at least one more call in 2024, it will be continuously open but we do work with deadlines. For this 1st call activities should happen and be paid for in 2024.  

Future calls will be communicated via the service portal and BMS PhD Intranet. Is the current submission deadline too soon to work out your submission? No worries, just continue to work on your application and submit it for the next round!


Applications for this fund can be about a broad range of activities, initiatives, and (professional) development goals in the PhD-education trajectory of PhDs (e.g. visits to other labs, organizing symposia, and/or conferences). We do not want to give too many examples, as we encourage the creativity of your application (and your activities!). In essence, it is crucial that it enriches your PhD, but that it is simultaneously clear that it is of value to a larger part of the researchers in our BMS faculty and/or for BMS Lab. Please note that the fund is not meant to cover costs for language editing, open access publication, thesis printing or defense activities, conference visits as a participant, and/or regular living expenses.

Please note that multiple other funding opportunities are available to support such opportunities for PhDs. At our BMS PhD Portal, we are working on an overview. If you have suggestions to include here, please notify the BMS PhDs for PhDs or Lyan Kamphuis-Blikman


  1. Eligible for all types of actively enrolled PhD’s (see PhD Charter TGS) affiliated with the BMS Faculty and having a promotor from BMS;
  2. It is allowed to submit applications for the BMS PhD Fund more than once during your PhD. However, once your submission is granted out of this fund you can no longer submit applications;
  3. The application should enrich your professional PhD development, but simultaneously it should also be of value to researchers outside of your section. So, either to a broader group of researchers in the BMS faculty and/or to our facilities such as the BMS Lab;
  4. Your application should fit the BMS research strategy and BMS research themes;
  5. Does your supervision team support this activity? Make sure you include their motivation in the application form
  6. You need to have co-funding by your section and/or external parties of minimally 30% of the costs. Please provide proof/information about this;
  7. There is a maximum amount to be requested per application that will be communicated with the opening of the call. Please try to be fair in what you request for support taking into account opportunities for your PhD colleagues;
  8. Once granted, you are required to pay attention to the dissemination of your results with others in the BMS faculty. Please explain in your application how you are going to do that;
  9. A prerequisite of the call may be that the fund should be spent in the calendar year of the application, if this is a requirement this will be noted in the call.   


After filling out the application form, requests can be submitted via email to BMS Research Support ( Please make sure you consult with your supervision team about the anticipated activities.


We have an annual fund available for all submissions, the amount we have available per call may differ if we do multiple calls. We aim to support as many projects as possible within one call. The fund will contribute to a maximum of 70% of the total costs, granting funds is always on the condition of co-funding with either the section, department, or/and an external partner. 
The BMS PhDs for PhDs will be asked for advice on the submitted applications.