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NIAS Individual Fellowships for Advanced Research in Netherlands, 2020

The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) is pleased to announce the NIAS Individual Fellowships for Advanced Research in the Netherlands. International applicants are eligible to apply for this fellowship.

The aim of the institute is to form a diverse but coherent research group that consists of fellows from different disciplinary backgrounds, seniority, gender, and geographical origin.

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NIAS is a dynamic, highly flexible organization with an international and interdisciplinary focus. NIAS plays an important role in facilitating and stimulating innovative (Dutch) top research within the Humanities and the Social Sciences and at the interface with other disciplines.

Brief Description

University or Organization: Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study
Department: NA
Course Level: fellowship
Award: Varies
Access Mode: Online
Number of Awards: NA
Nationality: International
The program can be taken in the Netherlands
Application Deadline: March 16, 2020


Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for this fellowship:-

  • NIAS Individual Fellowships are awarded to scholars to carry out advanced research in the humanities and the social sciences
  • At least three years of post-PhD degree academic experience
  • The project proposal should be related to the field of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • The project proposal should be no more than a maximum of fifteen hundred words including footnotes, excluding bibliography and abstract
  • On the date the application is submitted, the applicant must have a valid employment contract (permanent, temporary or zero-hours contract) with a university or research institute, or must be registered for tax purposes as a self-employed, independent researcher (in Dutch ZZP). The same requirement holds for the duration of the planned fellowship period
  • Applicants can only apply for one type of fellowship per academic year
  • An applicant who previously held a NIAS fellowship may only apply for a NIAS Individual Fellowship if there are at least 10 years between the application date of the previous fellowship and the current application date;
  • Applicants should provide the names of four international experts in their field who would be suitable to approach as referees

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How to Apply

  • How to Apply: Applicants can apply through an online application form.
  • Supporting Documents: To apply, students must be ready to submit a completed application form, a research proposal describing the work that you propose to carry out at NIAS (maximum 1500 words, references excluded), a curriculum vitae (max. 1 page), a list of (major) publications of the last 5 years in refereed journals/books (max. 1 page), two publications.
  • Admission Requirements: The minimum requirement for eligibility to apply for a regular NIAS Fellowship is three years of post PhD research experience.
  • Language Requirements: It is essential that applicants speak, read and write English well. They must have passed an English language test. IELTS and TOEFL are commonly accepted, but institutions may accept other tests as well, like Cambridge English. The required scores are at least 550 (paper-based) or 213 (computer-based) for TOEFL. For IELTS a score of at least 6 is required.


  • NIAS Fellows are allotted a personal office with a computer and internet connection and are entitled to make use of the library and support services. Lunches on weekdays, coffee and tea as well as a monthly contribution to academic and social activities are all included in the fellowship.
  • NIAS has twelve furnished studio apartments located at Kloveniersburgwal 231011 JV Amsterdam next to the Royal Academy’s Trippenhuis Building, a 5minute walk to the NIAS offices. These studios can be rented by individual fellows from abroad at a subsidized rent of 250 euro/month.
  • Family apartments in the Amsterdam area are available for fellows from abroad who stay at NIAS for a minimum of one semester. The four furnished two-bedroom family apartments are located at Stadionplein in southwest Amsterdam. These family apartments are a 20-minute tram ride away from the NIAS main building.
  • Fellows from the Netherlands living within an acceptable range of the Institute (e.g. a one-hour commute) are expected to commute daily. Travel expenses are reimbursed on the basis of government regulations. Fellows from the Netherlands living further away may be able to occupy one of our studios. However, studios are in great demand, therefore can only be assigned on the basis of availability. If you are assigned a studio, travel expenses will not be reimbursed.

Travel costs

  • The Institute reimburses one second-class international return ticket for Fellows from abroad. Family members’ travel costs will not be reimbursed.

Stipends and teaching replacement subsidies

  • The arrangements for stipends and subsidies described below are for NIAS Individual Fellowships and vary for Co-sponsored Fellowships.
  • Fellows from a Dutch university – Teaching replacement subsidy
  • Fellows who hold a position at a university in the Netherlands can apply for a teaching replacement subsidy to cover the hours of teaching in their university appointment. The replacement subsidy for fellows that hold a position at a university in the Netherlands is calculated on the basis of the costs for replacing the teaching duties of the fellow during his/her stay at NIAS. This means that a replacement subsidy can only be requested for the teaching part of the appointment of the Fellow. For example, a junior applicant with a 0.6 FTE teaching duty can apply for a replacement subsidy of 0.6 * € 2,600.- = € 1,560.-.
  • The maximum monthly replacement subsidy is up to € 3,800.- for senior fellows and up to € 2,600.- for junior fellows (the stated amounts are based on full-time equivalent replacement). This replacement subsidy is to be regarded as an opportunity to provide a younger scholar with teaching experience.
  • Fellows from abroad – Stipend
  • NIAS may offer a stipend to researchers who work and live abroad in the case of loss of income.
  • The NIAS budget for stipends and replacement subsidies is not large enough to offer each fellow a full stipend or replacement subsidy. All fellows from abroad are therefore expected to negotiate with their home institutions or another institution or foundation to cover their salary entirely or in part. If the home institution cannot cover the full salary of the Fellow for the duration of their stay at NIAS, a monthly stipend may be offered of up to € 3,800.- for senior fellows (plus ten years after obtaining PhD) and up to € 2,600.- for junior fellows

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