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CWI Constance van Eeden PhD Fellowship for talented young female students.


To stimulate the recruitment of female PhD candidates, CWI launches the Constance van Eeden PhD Fellowship in 2022. From this year on the fellowship offers one PhD position to a talented young female student in mathematics or computer science or a related field of science. It is put in place in honour of and named after Constance van Eeden (1927-2021), who worked at CWI from 1954 to 1960 and was one of the first female PhD students in statistics in the Netherlands.

CWI believes that in order to increase the number of women in science, there should be more female role models. Constance van Eeden was such a role model. While raising her daughter Kari, she became the first Dutch woman to complete  a PhD in statistics. In this respect, she was a real trailblazer. It would be almost 30 years before other women would follow  in her footsteps.


 Constance van Eeden:

"I had two parents who just were absolutely convinced that we all had the right to the same chance in life. On the other hand, after I got my Ph.D. in 1958 it took 29 years until the next Dutch woman got a Ph.D. in statistics. I asked a Dutch colleague once why this was. 'Don't you encourage the ones that show promise?' I asked. He said:`Well, if they want a Ph.D. they can come to me.' And then three or four years later two Dutch women got Ph.D.-s in statistics. It was really maybe a matter of discouragement from parents and from teachers. The ways were open, but the women students were discouraged either at home or at school. And also there was a lack of role models."

What does the Constance van Eeden PhD Fellowship offer?

  • PhD position at CWI
  • Freedom to choose your own research topic within the four overarching CWI themes Algorithms, Data & Intelligent Systems, Cryptology & Security, and Quantum Computing
  • Internal mentoring by a female role model from CWI or by an external coach or mentor (in addition to the regular supervision by the supervisor)
  • Personal leadership training
  • Residency at a prestigious foreign institute/university for 6 months
  • More generous budget than usual for training and travel

Do you want to become the first CvE PhD Fellow? Watch the video above for the experiences of three female researchers at CWI and Read more about the position and how to apply in the vacancy.

Read an interview with CWI researchers Sophie Huiberts and Lynda Hardman about the importance of more Women in STEM here

Closing Date: Mon 15 Aug 2022