6 Comenius Leadership Fellows in higher education awarded

The first Comenius Leadership Fellows are granted. Six professionals in higher education will be able to implement their ideals and ideas for educational innovations. They are awarded a Leadership Fellow of €250,000 for implementing an educational innovation across an entire faculty or even an entire institution. The Leadership Fellows have been nominated by their institution. They were selected from 23 proposals. In total, the NRO has awarded 1.5 million euros.

Comenius Programme

The Comenius programme stimulates innovation in Dutch higher education.The grants and fellowships enable professionals in higher education to implement their ideals and ideas in practice. By facilitating a wide range of educational innovations each year, the programme contributes to the improvement of Higher Education in the Netherlands. Furthermore, by demonstrably valuing excellent and inspired teaching, the ministry of education is keen to contribute to more variety in the careers of teachers and researchers at universities and universities of applied sciences.

The Comenius Programme has three ‘tiers’

  • Teaching Fellow (€50,000, one-year project, small-scale innovation)
  • Senior Fellow (€100,000, two-year project, innovation in a complete degree programme)
  • Leadership Fellow (€250,000, three-year project, innovation in one or more faculties or a complete institution.)

The budget for the grants and fellowships is made available by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

Kick off Comenius Network

The new Fellows become member of the Comenius Network of the KNAW. On the 16th of May the KNAW, in cooperation with NRO and the ministry of Education, Culture and Science, organizes a kick off of this network.

The Comenius Leadership Fellow projects involve implementing an educational innovation across an entire faculty or even an entire institution. Basis for the innovation is the vision on innovation and higher education of the main applicant. The projects can give impetus to the education ambitions formulated in the institute’s Strategic Education plan.

You will find below a description of the awarded Comenius Leadership Fellow scholarships, arranged alphabetically by the applicant’s surname.


Bregt, A.K.
Boundary crossing as modus operandi at Wageningen University
Boundary crossing competence, the competence to work together with others outside one’s own scientific domain, institute, culture or scientific context, is regarded as one of the major competencies needed by future university graduates. Wageningen University aims to investigate how, and experiment with instruments to enable students and teachers to develop the necessary boundary crossing skills; on course level, programme level, and in its university-wide education policies.


Korevaar, E.L.
Move ahead!
The Hanze University for Applied Sciences aims to develop, pilot and evaluate an individually tailored, innovative cognitive remediation intervention for educational professionals to support students with cognitive problems, such as problems with planning, concentration and memory, in order to enhance their study success.


Lammers, M.T.
Students at risk deserve an honours approach
Honours education is a extracurricular program for talented and motivated students. Saxion uses insights of this Honour program for risk students. The aim is to enhance their motivation and self-efficacy. This should result in positive study progress and fewer dropouts. Key ingredients are: talent-oriented, sense of community (safe and respectful), experience-based learning, equality in dialogue between student and teachers, critical peer reflection, and an authentic learning environment.


Noordegraaf-Eelens, L.
RASL compositions: collaboration, commitment and creativity
The Rotterdam Arts & Sciences Lab (RASL) bridges the visual and performative arts, ánd sciences. The RASL is a collaboration between the Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Willem de Koning Academy and Codarts Rotterdam. In this project, this collaboration will be extended to develop and implement transdisciplinary education and research by students and teachers.


Oskam, J.A.
A design oriented and research informed curriculum in hospitality management
The Hotelschool The Hague creates a new curriculum in which students develop strategic and analytical skills. Through design oriented and research informed approaches, the new curriculum stimulates critical thinking and an inquisitive attitude among students. Moreover, students and faculty are involved in the development of the research lines through learning communities.


Zweekhorst, M.B.M.
Community service interactive and interdisciplinary CSI2
The Vrije Universiteit initiates a course and graduation project for master students to conduct interdisciplinary research in collaboration with communities. The students identify and analyse problems with various stakeholders from society. In interdisciplinary teams, students conduct in-depth research on the identified problems with societal actors. The results are presented and discussed in a broader setting. The VU aims to make this project available to other (international) universities.

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