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October 2011

30% tax ruling to change, for better and worse

30% tax ruling to change, for better and worse

Effective 1 January different eligibility criteria will apply to the 30% tax ruling. This is favourable for foreign employees who are pursuing a PhD in the Netherlands. For all other academics, however, the change is unfavourable.

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Searching for a job: visa for highly educated persons

Searching for a job: visa for highly educated persons

Dutch immigration law has several options for well educated migrants. One option is the ‘Admission scheme for highly educated persons’. Under this scheme, highly educated foreign nationals are allowed to spend a period of up to twelve months in the Netherlands to find a job as a highly skilled migrant, or to start an innovative company. If you want to use this opportunity, make sure you apply for it within three years after your graduation or finishing your PhD.

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Money, money, money... where to find it in Europe

Money, money, money... where to find it in Europe

You need money to do research. That is stating the obvious. The question is: where can you get it? A good source of money may be the European Commission (EC). In the seven-year period between 2007 to 2013 the EC is spending a good 50 billion euros on the stimulation of research and development. This is the budget for the 7th Framework Programme (FP7). Marie-Curie fellowships and ERC grants are one of the instruments within FP7 and may be just what you are looking for.

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Tell Europe how to improve the ERA

Tell Europe how to improve the ERA

Yes, there is another survey about improving research conditions. Perhaps you are tired of yet another survey, but input from you, Europe’s researchers, remains important. The European Union has set up an ambitious programme to create a European Research Area, resulting in a genuine single market for knowledge, research and innovation. Input from the field is very valuable, every step of the way.

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How do you rate the improved EURAXESS Job Portal?

How do you rate the improved EURAXESS Job Portal?

The EURAXESS team at the European Commission has launched a ten-minute online survey to collect users’ opinions on usability and user friendliness of the improved EURAXESS Job Portal. There are two questionnaires, one researchers and one for research institutions.

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Go-getters in the Netherlands

Go-getters in the Netherlands

Under a special scheme, anyone who has obtained a master’s or a PhD at a Dutch higher-education institution and goes home is allowed to rethink his/her steps, and then return to the Netherlands to look for a suitable job, i.e. a well-paid position that requires an academic background. And not just that: this rule also applies to PhD graduates from any of the top 150 universities in the Times or Shanghai rankings.

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