Career Stage(s): PhD Candidate (with Masters),

Funding Type(s): Staff funding only, Support for International Collaborations,

Call launch: 2018 Call to be announced mid-December 2017


AFR is one of the FNR’s longest-running funding schemes and now serves the specific purpose of providing funding for the training of doctoral candidates. Grants are awarded in the form of an employment contract with the host institution, rather than in the form of a scholarship.

The AFR PhD grant scheme is divided into two sub-categories:

  • AFR PhD in Luxembourg (AFR Incoming): Candidates from any nationality may apply for a doctoral position in an eligible Luxembourg host institution. Candidates will have to spend >50% in Luxembourg under an employment contract with the host institution;
  • AFR PhD abroad (AFR Outgoing): Luxembourg nationals, or residents in Luxembourg for more than 5 consecutive years, may apply for a doctoral position in a public higher education institution abroad. The rule for this type of AFR grants is an employment contract with the institution abroad, but in exceptional cases, grants without a work contract can be awarded.


AFR PhD grants are funded for a maximum of 4 years.


  • The AFR PhD programme currently has 1 Call per year.
  • Applications must be submitted jointly by the AFR candidate and the host institution (having signed the ‘joint declaration’ to be uploaded in the system before proposal submission).
  • Funding decisions for the 2017 AFR Call will be communicated by mid-June 2017.

See also..

Overview AFR funded projects 2008-15

Latest news related to AFR PhD

Selected AFR PhD research highlights

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