For research group leaders

Radboudumc Hypatia Track: the foundation

The Radboud Hypatia Track is aimed at excellent researchers who are ready to develop themselves as leaders within their academic fields. Hypatia, one of the first female scientists, is the patron for this track. A progressive scientist who stood for her opinions, not allowing to be hindered by traditional norms. 


Hypatia built her own school and inspired others to follow her ideas. In this way she represents the academic ambition. This programme guides talents towards becoming successful research group leaders. With a clear and substantiated vision, they are prepared to set up their own research groups and establish themselves on the international playing field.

Personal experiences

Teun Bousema 
“While an individual’s specific research interests are important, the Hypatia track is more about an investment in talent. To those they select, Radboudumc is saying, “We like your work, we want you to continue to work here and we trust you to use these funds in the best way possible.” That in itself is a good feeling. Beyond that, it has helped me to think about my research with long-term perspective. Hypatia has helped me extend my group’s network and has increased my visibility, both within Radboudumc and worldwide as a relevant malaria researcher.”

Nael Nadif Kasri
“In the Hypatia Track programme, I learnt how I can develop as a research leader. To achieve this I was given theoretical frameworks and practical tips. Through role playing, we practiced for example, effective communication styles in difficult conversation settings. This gave me the opportunity to try out new techniques to see what the effect is, and improve my weaknesses. Everyone in the Hypatia Track is in the same boat;  a great plus point allowing you to learn from each other's experiences.”


The Radboud Hypatia Track develops talents in the phase of setting up or further developing their own research groups. Inspiring employees and colleagues and increasing the influence of their own research group with respect to their vision plays a central role. Whether it is about finances, management, insight into decision-making processes or understanding the players involved, this phase focuses on leadership skills and practical understanding of the functioning of organisations.

The Radboud Hypatia Track plays an important role in teaching participants to stand up for the interests of their own research group in a dynamic environment, through training modules, peer reviews and individual guidance. The group is given an important role in shaping the actual programme.

Personal guidance

As a young Research Group Leader, you know what you need, and this is how we approach our coaching in this programme. Every participant has a Talent Manager who follows and guides the talent. Those who wish to receive more in-depth training can get extra coaching sessions.

In addition, every talent has a mentor, a senior scientist from another discipline, from whose experiences the talent can benefit. And last but not least, the talents learn from each other! The participants find that the mutual exchange between talents in the same career phase is one of the most valuable aspects of this programme.

Radboud Hypatia Tenure Track Grant

Within this track, Radboud Hypatia Tenure Track Grants are available. These grants aim to promote innovation. Three awards are available each year. More information about the Radboud Hypatia Tenure Track Grants.

Want to know more?

If you would like to know more, you can contact Anja Schumann at talentmanagement@radboudumc.nl. She has been engaged in the development of this track and is willing to personally clarify this programme.