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Hermine Weijland Fellowship

For female assistant and associate professors SBE established the Hermine Weijland Fellowship in 2017 with the aim of attracting and promoting female academic talent. This prestigious fellowship seeks to encourage promising female academics to join SBE and to improve the gender balance at senior levels.

The fellowship bears the name of Hermine Weijland (1932-2001), who started at SBE in the 1960s, first as a student, and later as an employee. She was one of the first women to attain her PhD at SBE and went on to build a successful career as an academic.

Hermine's life and outlook still serves as inspiration for female academics today: brief description of Hermine Weijland’s life and career (pdf).

Overview of the fellowship

The fellowship will be used to recruit two Assistant/Associate Professors every year. This will be done within the SBE personnel and professorship plan. This means that every year two vacant positions will be earmarked as suitable for a Hermine Weijland Fellow. Every calendar year, a decision will be made about which departments can accommodate the Hermine Weijland Fellows. The SBE Board together with the faculty's HR department will ensure that the HW Fellowship positions are distributed fairly between the academic departments over consecutive years.

Recruitment and selection

Each calendar year, a decision will be made about which departments can accommodate the Hermine Weijland Fellows. The two vacancies for Assistant/associate Professorships will be filled using open recruitment procedures. Applications must include a CV, publication list, teaching dossier, letter outlining vision on development of Teaching and Research, and two reference letters. Candidates will be selected by a selection committee within the department. The HWF Steering Committee (see below) will play an advisory role in this process. The selection committee will nominate the selected candidate by submitting the relevant proposal to the SBE Board.

Hermine Weijland Fellowship Steering Committee

The HWF Steering Committee consists of three professors, including two female academics, who represent the various research disciplines of SBE. This committee plays an ambassador role for the Fellowship in the networks in which it operates. In addition, the committee takes an advisory role in the recruitment and promotion of Fellows, with the aim of monitoring and upholding the quality of the Fellowship. The committee, which also acts as a sounding board for the SBE Board and the HR department, will be actively involved in the future development of the Hermine Weijland Fellowship. The members of the steering committee are: Prof. Anna Gold; Prof. Marleen Huysman; and Prof. Maarten Lindeboom.

Hermine Weijland Fellowship: Associate Professor

The selected Fellows will be offered:

  • a tenure track position in the position of Associate Professor which, upon successful completion, will lead to an appointment as Professor;
  • 50% research time, over a three-year period. In the following years, research time will be allocated on the basis of research output, up to a maximum of 50%.
  • Supervision of a PhD candidate
  • an attractive research budget to be used for scientific publications, the preparation of applications/requests for indirect and commercial funding, and attending conferences;
  • personalized support from the VU Grants Desk and the SBE Research Office for the preparation of VENI/VIDI/VICI/ERC grants;
  • nomination for participation in VU Amsterdam’s course in Female Leadership;
  • following consultation, coaching in the form of participation in the VU Mentoring scheme for talented academic personnel or some other form of individualized coaching.

Target group

The Hermine Weijland Fellowship focuses on promising scientists who specialize in research in the field of Economics and Business Administration. Candidates are expected to distinguish themselves through their well-defined teaching and research profile and their clear potential and ambition to achieve the position of full professor.

Entrance requirements

We are looking for female candidates who meet the following requirements:

  • the candidate must have at least (lifetime): six publications of which two publications with an AIP of at least 90; or the candidate must have at least (lifetime): six publications of which two have an AIP of at least 80 and two have an AIP of at least 70; or the candidate must have at least three publications with an AIP of at least 90;
  • Experience with acquisition of external funding for research projects (ERC or NWO)
  • supervised at least one PhD candidate;
  • membership of editorial board of international journal(s);
  • potential to make important contributions to science;
  • active in valorisation of research;
  • good teaching reviews and a completed Basic Teaching Qualification;
  • well-defined research plan;
  • international recognition through scientific prizes/awards or membership of well-regarded Academies;
  • experience at a university or research institute abroad.

Terms of employment and procedures

Hermine Weijland Fellows who enter as an Associate Professor receive a temporary employment contract for a period of six years. (This is not possible for internal candidates, for them individualized agreements regarding the contract will be made). Depending on the Fellow’s profile and CV, the Associate Professor will be placed at salary grade 13 (Associate Professor 2) or 14 (Associate Professor 1). For Fellows who have entered at the level of Associate Professor 2, a dossier relating to an application for promotion will be submitted to the SBE Appointments Committee at the end of the second year, in order for the criteria for Associate Professor 1 to be evaluated, as specified in SBE’s Career Path for Academic Staff Members. In the event of a positive result, the staff member will be promoted to the position of Associate Professor 1. By no later than the end of the fifth year of the six-year contract, in consultation with the head of department, a dossier will be submitted to the HWF steering committee in order to evaluate with the HR Division whether the Fellow is eligible for promotion to the position of professor under the established criteria. If the steering committee’s evaluation is positive, the nomination process will be initiated after the approval of the SBE Board.

Hermine Weijland Fellowship: Assistant Professor

The selected Fellows will be offered:

  • a tenure track position in the position of Assistant Professor which, upon successful completion, will lead to an appointment as Professor;
  • 50% research time, over a three-year period. In the following years, research time will be allocated on the basis of research output, up to a maximum of 50% (and, while in the position of Assistant Professor 2, with a minimum of 40%)
  • supervision of a PhD candidate;
  • an attractive research budget to be used for scientific publications, the preparation of applications/requests for indirect and commercial funding, and attending conferences;
  • personalized support from the VU Grants Desk and the SBE Research Office for the preparation of VENI/VIDI/VICI/ERC grants;
  • following consultation, coaching in the form of participation in the VU Mentoring scheme for talented academic personnel or some other form of individualized coaching.

Target group

The Hermine Weijland Fellowship focuses on promising scientists who specialize in research in the field of Economics and Business Administration. Candidates are expected to distinguish themselves through their well-defined teaching and research profile and their clear potential and ambition to achieve the position of full professor.

Entrance requirements

We are looking for female candidates who meet the following requirements:

  • a PhD degree;
  • excellent track record in research, with a high quality job market paper;
  • one paper without the candidate’s previous (PhD) supervisor is highly recommended;
  • teaching experience, with positive teaching evaluations (the candidate must complete the Basic Teaching Qualification within two years after her appointment);
  • description of research plan for the next five years, including a section on knowledge utilization resulting from the proposed research.

Terms of employment and procedures

Hermine Weijland Fellows who enter as an Assistant Professor receive a temporary employment contract for a period of six years and are included in the Tenure Track System. Depending on the Fellow’s profile and CV, the Assistant Professor will be placed at salary grade 11 or 12. By no later than the end of the fifth year, the Tenure Test will take place and, if passed, the Fellow’s employment contract will be converted into a permanent contract. For Assistant Professor 2, this is accompanied by a promotion to Assistant Professor 1.

Due to the demanding entrance requirements, many Assistant Professor Fellows are expected to meet the tenure requirements within two years.

After obtaining tenure, Hermine Weijland Fellows are expected to progress towards the level of Associate Professor 2. A dossier relating to an application for promotion will be submitted to the SBE Appointments Committee within three years, in order for the criteria for Associate Professor 2 to be evaluated, as specified in SBE’s Career Path for Academic Staff Members. In the event of a positive result, the staff member will be promoted to the position of Associate Professor 2. The same route will be followed within (no more than) two years in relation to promotion to the position of Associate Professor 1.

Within (no more than) three years, and in consultation with the head of department, a dossier will be submitted to the HWF steering committee in order to evaluate with the HR Division whether the Fellow is eligible for promotion to the position of professor under the established criteria. If the steering committee’s evaluation is positive, the nomination process will be initiated after the approval of the SBE Board.