AFR PhD Grants



The FNR's AFR PhD Grant Scheme (Aides à la Formation-Recherche) provides funding for PhD research training projects in Luxembourg and abroad for up to 4 years.

The FNR contributes to the improvement of working conditions and career perspectives for researchers, on the one hand by enabling employment contracts between AFR beneficiaries and their host institutions and on the other hand by raising awareness of researchers' rights and responsibilities at an early career stage.

AFR contributes to the development of human resources in Luxembourg R&D, translated in the long term by an increased number of qualified researchers pursuing a research career beyond their period of AFR funding. Particular importance is laid on the selection of high-quality proposals. The FNR sets quality standards for doctoral research training in Luxembourg.

Who Is Eligible?

Applicants must be holders of a University degree allowing them to enter into doctoral training.

The AFR programme has no thematic limitations and is open to all researchers, regardless of their nationality, desirous to engage into research training in Luxembourg or abroad. In the selection process, the interest of the project in the context of Luxembourg R&D will nevertheless be evaluated.

Selection Criteria

The project proposals will be assessed according to the following key criteria :

  • Scientific quality of the research project
  • Profile of the applicant
  • Quality of the host institution
  • Interest of the research project in the Luxembourg R&D setting
AFR Contributions

For AFR beneficiaries with work contracts, the FNR pays a contribution to the annual salary costs of the Host Institution as follows :

2014 - Salary Index 775.17 PhD
max. AFR contribution
(including employers’ charges)
40,154 EUR / year
Max. AFR contribution (incl. employer’s charges) in case of a public private partnership 44,030 EUR / year

For AFR beneficiaries without work contracts, the FNR pays a fellowship (bourse) to the recipients :

max. AFR contribution (fellowship) 18,000 EUR / year
supplements paid in case of a
public-private partnership
1,200 EUR/year
PhD Grant Prolongation

Grant beneficiaries under the AFR scheme have the possibility to apply for a 4th-year prolongation of their funding.

Applicants will have to justify why they have to extend the funding period. In addition, they must provide together with their PhD supervisor a workplan of how to finalise the PhD in the course of the 4th year.

For ongoing AFR grants, prolongation requests can be submitted until 3 months prior to the intended starting date of the prolongation.

Call Activity

The 2014-2 Call for AFR PhD Grants is open.