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NIAS Individual Fellowships

NIAS Individual Fellowships are awarded to senior scholars to carry out advanced research in the humanities and the social sciences. Fellows have at least three years of post-PhD degree academic experience and have already made a considerable contribution to their field.

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About NIAS Individual Fellowships

NIAS Fellowships are funded directly by NIAS through the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
Fellowships are by application only and suit scholars from the Netherlands or scholars from abroad who wish to work on an individual project for one semester (September - January or February - June) or two semesters (September - June) at the Institute.

  • A NIAS fellowship awarded to a scholar from abroad includes subsidised accommodation (see also "What NIAS Offers"), lunches, a personal study, research facilities, one international return ticket.
  • NIAS fellowships for scholars from the Netherlands include fixed commuting allowance (see also "What NIAS Offers"), lunches, a personal study and research facilities (in special circumstances subsidized studio accommodation may be requested).
  • A NIAS Fellow affiliated with a Dutch university is entitled to a replacement subsidy for teaching duties.
  • A NIAS Fellow from outside the Netherlands can in some cases be entitled to a stipend.

For more information on stipends and replacement subsidies and an overview of all the facilities offered to a NIAS Fellow see "What NIAS Offers".

Please take into account that Fellows are expected to participate actively in academic and social events, and be present at the institute on a daily basis.

NIAS does not provide fellowships for training programmes or educational purposes. Nor does it offer courses, or financial support to conduct research elsewhere.

Eligibility criteria

  • At least 3 years of post-Ph.D. degree academic experience
  • A completed application form with all relevant attachments
  • Affiliation with a university or research institute

Selection criteria

Please note that NIAS only offers a limited number of NIAS Fellowships each year and that the competition is fierce, which means that less than 10% of all applications is accepted.

Applications are primarily evaluated on the basis of scientific quality, innovative character and originality. Scholarly achievements, grants, awards and publication record are also taken into consideration in the selection process.

In order to establish a diverse and coherent research group, additional elements that are taken into consideration include the spread across  disciplinary backgrounds, gender, age, geographical origin and the availability of housing facilities.

Selection procedure

All correctly submitted applications are screened for eligibility on the basis of formal criteria, including years since PhD. Applications that fit the formal criteria are sent to independent external reviewers. Applicants who do not meet the criteria are notified by email that NIAS does not intend sending their application to external reviewers for evaluation. Applicants can object to this decision by email. On the basis of the arguments given by the applicant, NIAS will decide whether or not to reconsider.

Based on the reviewers’ assessments, in combination with the abovementioned additional selection criteria, it is the director who ultimately decides which applicants will be invited for a NIAS Fellowship.

For questions regarding NIAS Individual Fellowships please contact NIAS' Head of Academic Affairs (application@nias.knaw.nl or (0)20 224 67 03).

Application

See “How to Apply” for the application guidelines and forms.

Current and former Fellows

For all NIAS year groups see here

 

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