The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) seeks applications from prominent researchers and senior scholars in the humanities and social sciences who have already made a contribution to their field for the 2014/15 NIAS Fellowships.
Each year, the Institute invites around 50 carefully selected scholars, both from within and outside the Netherlands, to its centre in Wassenaar where they are given the opportunity to do research over a ten-month or five-month period. Fellows carry out their research either as individuals or as part of a research theme group.
The Institute is currently situated in Wassenaar, nine kilometres south of the historic university town of Leiden, and twelve kilometres north of The Hague, the Netherlands’ seat of government.

  • At least 3 years of post-Ph.D. degree academic experience is a prerequisite for eligibility.
  • Scholarly achievements, obtained grants and awards, and reputation and quality of publications are aspects considered in the evaluation process.

Preference is given to

  • applicants who propose an interdisciplinary project
  • a project that is closely related to an already externally funded project
  • Applications by former NIAS Fellows and scholars at the end of their career will be given low priority.
  • NIAS has a diversity policy with regard to gender, age, and geographic origin.
  • Fellowships at NIAS are residential fellowships. Fellows are offered an office at the institute and a studio apartment or family apartment. Fellows from the Netherlands may commute provided that they are at NIAS at least four days a week.
  • NIAS fellowships are in principle awarded for advanced research during a full academic year, running from 1 September till 30 June, or for one semester.
  • NIAS does not provide fellowships for training programmes or educational purposes. Nor does it offer courses, or financial support to conduct research elsewhere.
  • 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 is entitled to a stipend.

How to Apply

Scholars who wish to apply for one of the fellowships at NIAS should go to the Fellowship’s page and download the appropriate application form.

Applicants are asked to apply by e-mail [email protected] and attach the following:

  • a completed application form (to be downloaded)
  • a research proposal describing the work that they propose to carry out at NIAS (maximum 1500 words, references excluded).
  • a curriculum vitae (1 page)
  • a list of (major) publications in refereed journals/books (1 page)

For applicants affiliated to a non-Dutch university:

  • it is advised (but not compulsory) to attach a letter in support of the application by an internationally known scholar from a university or research institute in the Netherlands.
  • The application form provides the option of adding a link to the applicant’s personal website.
  • Applications will only be accepted in Word format.
  • Two publications in support of the application should be sent electronically (articles only), or by regular mail (books) to:

Research Planning
Meijboomlaan 1
2242 PR Wassenaar
The Netherlands

  • All information supplied will be treated with utmost confidentiality and used only by the Scholarship Committee, selected External Referees, and the Rector.
  • You will be notified by e-mail if your application fulfils initial requirements and has been passed on for the reviewing process. An indication when information about the outcome of the selection procedure will be given.
  • Application forms can be downloaded online via their website (see link below)
  • The Application Forms will only be accepted in Word Format
  • Applications that do not meet the requirements will not be considered.
  • Applications can also be sent by e-mail to: [email protected]

Deadline: Application is in three stages
Stage one: Application closes on April 1 each year
Stage two: Application closes on April 15 each year
  Click here for details and to apply online