NIAS Individual Fellowships (Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences)

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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.

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 or two semesters at the Institute.

Preference is given to

applicants who propose an interdisciplinary project; a project that is closely related to an already externally funded project.

NIAS only offers a limited number of NIAS Fellowships each year and the competition is fierce (about 10% of all applications succeed). Please note that applications by former NIAS Fellows and scholars at the end of their career will be given low priority.

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


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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.

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