Philip Eijlander Diversity Program

Philip Eijlander Diversity Program

Diversity and inclusion are success factors for increasing the academic quality of teams. This is the case for both the composition of staff (male, female, international, ethnic background), and for the appreciation of different tasks (research, education, management, impact, team spirit).

Now that in most programs about half of the student and PhD population is female, Tilbury University strives for a better balance in the proportion of male – female academic staff, especially in senior positions.

The Philip Eijlander Diversity Program (PEDP) has increased the inflow of women in higher academic positions, by creating 19 extra positions on the level of assistant, associate and full professor. These talented academics advance the competence areas that the Schools focus on in their research agenda’s: Towards a Resilient Society, Health and Well-Being, and Creating Value from Data. The overall goal is an inclusive work climate where quality prevails.

Three female role models helped to spread the core message of the Philip Eijlander Diversity Program: sharing their passion for science.

Odile Heynders

Prof. Comparative Literature

Odyle Heynders' video
Odile Heynders
Corien Prins

Prof. Law, Technology and Society

Corien Prins' video
Eleni Kosta
Margriet Sitskoorn

Prof. Cognitive Neuropsychology

Margriet Sitskoorn's video
Mergriet Sitskoorn


PEDP aims to scout and attract extra-ordinary talent in academia. As such the Philip Eijlander Diversity Program can be seen as a quality label. This implies that only fully qualified scholars will be appointed. If Tilburg University fails to spot them, then the vacancy won’t be filled until another opportunity arises.

Advantages of the appointment
  • Appointment for 5 years, with the perspective of subsequent promotion (if applicable) and a permanent contract.
  • We envisage a full time appointment, or at least of 0.8 fte.
  • A start-up research grant of 10.000 euro.
  • Research Support after Pregnancy Leave.
  • Participation in the Tracks coaching program for career strategies.
  • Read more about the advantages.


  • Juliette Schaafsma

    Juliette Schaafsma

    Professor of Cultures in Interaction

    Diversity and inclusion are central themes in the research and teaching of Juliëtte Schaafsma.

  • Federica Angeli

    Federica Angeli

    Associate professor

    The research and teaching activities of Federica Angeli focus on the role of inclusive business and hybrid organizations in alleviating poverty and bridging health inequalities. 

  • Jenny Slatman

    Jenny Slatman

    Professor of Medical Humanities

    Jenny Slatman’s chair at Tilburg University is the first in Medical Humanities in the Netherlands