Talent development

Early recognition of talent is one of the key strategies of CARIM to coach and prepare gifted young academics for their future academic career. CARIM stimulates and supports talented students and staff by offering grants for research programs at each step of their career, be it at Bachelor, Master, post graduate, PhD or post-doc level. These grants will be enabled through our ‘Harry Struijker-Boudier award for talented academics’ (HS-BAFTA). 


2016 | Stijn Agten, talented postdoc
2017 | Robin Verjans, talented postdoc
2017 | William van Doorn, talented future PhD candidate
2018 | Mitchel Bijnen, talented postdoc
2018 | Jasper Demandt, talented PhD candidate
2018 | Mueez Aizaz, talented PhD candidate
2018 | Jens Posma, talented PhD candidate
2019 | Federica de Majo, talented PhD candidate
2019 | Cengiz Akbulut, talented PhD candidate
2019 | Walid Chayouya, talented PhD candidate
2019 | Mohamed Kassem, talented future PhD candidate
2019 | Rogier Veltrop, talented PhD candidate
2019 | Valeria Lo Coco, talented PhD candidate
2019 | Rob Holtackers, talented PhD candidate
2020 | Stefan Reinhold, talented PhD candidate
2020 | Anouk Geraets, talented PhD candidate
2020 | Job Verdonschot, talented PhD candidate
2020 | Raquel Videira, talented PhD candidate
2020 | Federica de Majo, talented postdoc
2020 | Anne-Marije Hulshof, talented future PhD candidate
2020 | Yentl Brandt, talented future PhD candidate
2020 | Jorik Simons, talented PhD candidate
2020 | Anne Willers, talented PhD candidate
2021 | Kim Maasen, talented PhD candidate
2021 | Job Stoks, talented PhD candidate
2021 | Daniek Meijs, talented future PhD candidate
2021 | Jordy Kocken, talented PhD candidate
2021 | Reneé Tillie, talented PhD candidate
2021 | Rachel van der Velden, talented PhD candidate
2022 | Mohamed Kassem, talented postdoc
2022 | Jerremy Weerts, talented PhD candidate
2022 | Shaiv Parikh, talented PhD candidate
2022 | Mitch Ramaekers, talented PhD candidate
2022 | Peter Deissler, talented future PhD candidate
2022 | Vanessa Bröker, talented PhD candidate
2022 | Deepak Balamurali, talented PhD candidate
2022 | Bob Knapen, talented PhD candidate
2022 | Maurits Sikking, talented PhD candidate

The HS-BAFTA is intended for three groups of young scientific researchers:

HS-BAFTA Talented future PhD candidates

Deadline: May
The fellowship is intended for:

a. Talented Bachelor students in Health, Medicine or Life Sciences, who have demonstrated to be able to combine their studies with an active involvement in scientific research. It can be used to interrupt their study and to perform a research project within CARIM for 6-12 months during their Bachelor phase.

b. Talented Master students in Health, Medicine or Life Sciences, who have demonstrated to be able to combine their studies with an active involvement in scientific research. It can be used to interrupt their study and to perform a research project for 6-12 months within CARIM during their Master phase.

c. Post graduates to bridge the time between graduation and the start of an official contract as a PhD student within CARIM. The fellowship has to start within the first year after graduation and is open to students not yet contracted by or enrolled in a PhD programme.
The fellowship amounts to max. € 18,000 (in accordance with scale 7-0) and € 3,000 for exploitation costs and is meant for a period of max. 6 months. For Ba/Ma students the regular curriculum should be interrupted to perform the research project within CARIM. The PI concerned has to match an equal amount of money for the candidate for an equal period of max. 6 months. This brings the max. total annual amount for the HS BAFTA on € 42,000 for a total of 12 months.


HS-BAFTA Talented PhD candidates

Deadlines: February, May, November
The fellowship is meant to support PhD students who want to spend time abroad during their PhD in order to gain experience and improve their chances in receiving a personal grant (i.e. Rubicon; Veni; Dr E. Dekker) after their PhD. The fellowship amounts to € 7,500 based on actual costs of max. € 1,000 for (extra) living allowance per month and travel costs, for a period of max. 6 months. The fellowship can be performed during any period within the PhD trajectory.


HS-BAFTA Talented postdocs

Deadline: May
The fellowship is intended for recently graduated CARIM PhD students. The fellowship is meant to keep top CARIM talents connected to our institute by giving the opportunity to go abroad, thereby gaining the experience required for acquiring personal grants. Therefore, a main requirement for this fellowship is that approximately 9 months (min. 6, max. 12) shall be spent at a partner institute outside the Netherlands to acquire (further) foreign experience and strengthen the international network of the candidate and PI(s) involved. The candidate should use this year for setting up international collaborations and writing a proposal for a post-doc position (i.e. Rubicon; Veni; Dr E. Dekker) and will be judged on his intentions of performing research of this grant from within CARIM. The ultimate goals are to acquire and/or increase international research experience, to broaden the scientific/medical network, and to enhance the chances of obtaining prestigious grants in order to strengthen the personal and professional ties to Maastricht University and specifically CARIM.

For more information, contact carim-office@maastrichtuniversity.nl