AFR fellowship

AFR is a national research grant scheme to support PhD and postdoctoral research training in Luxembourg and abroad. It has arisen from a reform of the well-established BFR (Bourse de formation-recherche) fellowship scheme, which has come to a close at the end of September 2008. From October 1st 2008 onwards the law on AFR (Aides à la formation-recherche) has come into force. The new AFR scheme is managed by FNR (Fonds national de la recherche).

PhD research grant : Under the AFR scheme, the research grants for PhDs are awarded for a period of up to 3 years; a 4th year prolongation may be awarded under justified circumstances.

Postdoctoral research grant: the AFR postdoc grants are awarded for a maximum duration of 2 years.

The Fondation faune-flore is the host institution for PhD and postdoctoral research at the Luxembourg national museum of natural history.

Important deadline for host institution Fondation faune-flore

Art. 5 of AFR guidelines: “… In the early preparation stage of the AFR application (and no later than 1 month prior to the submission deadline), applicants must get in touch with the HI’s internal AFR administrative contact to inform him/her of the intention to submit an AFR proposal and to clarify the internal submission procedure.” This means that the following documents must be submitted to the foundation 1 month before the submission deadline of AFR / FNR.


  1. the foundation’s AFR candidate folder (Zip 270 kB)
  2. in case of sampling of protected species: derogation application

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