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NIAS-Lorentz Program

The NIAS-Lorentz Program promotes cutting-edge interdisciplinary research that brings together perspectives from the Humanities and/or Social Sciences on the one hand and the Natural Sciences and/or Technological Sciences on the other. It is a collaboration with the Lorentz Center in Leiden: an international centre that coordinates and hosts workshops in the sciences.

About the NIAS-Lorentz Program

The NIAS-Lorentz Program finances three activities per academic year:

  1. One Distinguished Lorentz Fellowship (DLF)
    The DLF award includes a personal prize of €10,000, a residential fellowship of up to ten months at NIAS and a workshop at the Lorentz Center. The fellowship is by nomination only and is awarded once per year to a leading scientist working at a Dutch university on cutting-edge research at the interface between the Humanities and/or Social Sciences on one hand and the Natural Sciences and/or Technological Sciences on the other.
  2. One NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group (NLTG)
    The group consists of three or five researchers who hold residential fellowships at NIAS for either five or three months (respectively) and, together, organize a workshop at the Lorentz Center. NLTG is applied for and led by the coordinator, who must be affiliated with a Dutch University. Only one group is selected per academic year. Group members apply their specific expertise to engage in intensive interdisciplinary collaboration on a topic that bridges the Humanities and/or Social Sciences with the Natural Sciences and/or Technology.
  3. Eight or more NIAS-Lorentz Workshops (NLW)
    These are interdisciplinary workshops, organised at the Lorentz Center, that bring together international scientists from various disciplines. Next to the interdisciplinary workshops that form part of the DLF and NLTG another 6 interdisciplinary workshops can be applied for per year.

Pivotal to the NIAS-Lorentz program is the understanding that important and exciting advances are to be expected in research at the interface of the Humanities and/or Social Sciences on the one hand and the Natural Sciences and/or Technological Sciences on the other. Topics of societal importance that require extensive collaboration across traditional scientific boundaries in order to progress are encouraged.

Practical Information

  • The Distinguished Lorentz Fellowship (max. 10mths) and NLTG fellowships (3x5mth) at NIAS include accommodation (or local travel expenses up to max. 300 euro pm), lunches, study, research facilities (computer, library services etc). International scholars are eligible for one return ticket to NIAS.
  • The DLF (from the Netherlands) is eligible for teaching replacement funds equivalent to a senior stipend (max. €3800).
  • NLTG fellows from the Netherlands are eligible to teaching replacement funds equivalent to a junior or senior stipend depending on their academic status. NLTG fellows from abroad are eligible for a junior or senior stipend depending on their academic status.

Application and Selection

Scholars who are interested in the NIAS-Lorentz Program can find detailed information on the NIAS-Lorentz website see:

Current and Former Fellows

 

About the Lorentz Center

LorentzLogoThe Lorentz Center is an international centre that coordinates and hosts workshops in the sciences, based on the philosophy that science thrives on interaction between creative researchers. Lorentz Center workshops focus on new collaborations and interactions between scientists from different countries and fields, and with varying seniority.

NIAS-Lorentz Partnership

In 2005, the directors of NIAS and the Lorentz Center took the initiative to set up interdisciplinary fellowships at NIAS and workshops at the Lorentz Center. An interdisciplinary advisory board was installed and the first individual Lorentz Fellows arrived at NIAS in 2006. In the following years, the Distinguished Lorentz Fellowship (DLF) was introduced and then, in 2011, the individual Lorentz fellowships were replaced by the Theme-group Fellowships (NLTG) as a way to encourage researchers from various disciplines to combine forces. The number of interdisciplinary workshops at the Lorentz Center has increased and the NIAS-Lorentz Program has been prolonged until at least 2016.  



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