Constance van Eeden PhD Fellowship

A PhD fellowship for talented female students in science.

In honour of Constance van Eeden

To stimulate the recruitment of female PhD candidates, CWI launched 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.

Role models

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 Dutch women in mathematics would follow in her footsteps.

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Constance van Eeden, a role model for women in science

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

Female researchers wanted!

Watch the video above for the experiences of three female researchers at CWI. Please note: the application procedure for 2022 has been closed. As of 1 December 2022, Hilde Verbeek started her PhD as our 1st Constance van Eeden PhD fellow in CWI's Networks & Optimization group.

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