To promote the advancement of talented international researchers at the highest level of its institution, the University of Groningen has initiated a prestigious Fellowship Programme, named after the outstanding female scientist Rosalind Franklin, whose x-ray studies were crucial to understanding the structure of DNA. This ambitious programme has been running since 2007 ,The University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) is linked to the University of Groningen (RUG). Research, teaching, training and patient care are closely integrated. Research facilities are excellent. The UMCG’s mission is ‘Building the Future of Health’ with research on Healthy Ageing as its main focus. Research is embedded in the UMCG research institutes: GUIDE (drug research and chronic diseases in relation to ageing), Oncology, SHARE (Health research), BCN-Brain (ageing brain), and Kolff Institute (biomaterials for the elderly).