NLTG Theme Groups
What is a NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group?
A NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group (NLTG) is an international group of either three or five researchers including the coordinator. All NLTG members hold fellowships at NIAS, providing them the opportunity to work as a team and engage in the kind of intensive interdisciplinary collaboration that is often difficult to realize in a regular academic setting. They specifically work as a group on cutting-edge research that bridges the divide between the humanities and/or social sciences and the natural and/or technological sciences. This can lead to concrete outcomes such as an edited volume, a scientific paper or a project proposal for external funding (e.g. ERC). Being part of an NLTG is particularly intended to benefit early/mid-career researchers who wish to explore and open a new interdisciplinary field of research through close interaction with theme group members from other scientific disciplines.
The NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group is:
- An international group of NLTG members made up of either: a) 3 persons for 5 consecutive months, or b) 5 persons for 3 consecutive months. The NLTG coordinator can apply for a NLTG in either the first or second semester of the academic year.
- All NLTG members hold individual fellowships at NIAS, including a study and daily travel expenses or, if from abroad, accommodation.
- NLTG members from abroad receive a stipend, which is related to the level of scientific seniority. NLTG members from a Dutch university are eligible for a teaching or management replacement subsidy.
- A workshop at the Lorentz Center on the NLTG topic, with full organizational support and a budget of € 10,000.
How to apply
Researchers with at least 5 years of postdoctoral research experience can initiate and coordinate a NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group. The coordinator is affiliated with a Dutch research institution although researchers from abroad may also coordinate the NLTG provided they apply together with a researcher who is based in the Netherlands (co-coordinator).The coordinator is the formal NLTG applicant and he/she puts forward the other NLTG members. These can be researchers from the Netherlands or abroad. NIAS and the Lorentz Center are committed to encouraging women and minority groups in academia, therefore researchers from these groups are particularly encouraged to apply.
Coordinators should submit a short NLTG Pre-Proposal for preliminary review. The Pre-Proposal is no more than three pages containing:
- Title of the proposal.
- List of proposed NLTG members.
- Concise description of the interdisciplinary topic, with a brief description of the methodology and the expected research outcomes.
- Outline of the idea for the workshop, including a list of proposed participants.
NLTG applications are evaluated by the NIAS-Lorentz NLTG Board. NLTG Full Proposals are also sent to external reviewers.
Evaluation criteria include:
- The topic connects the humanities and/or social sciences with the natural and/or technological sciences.
- The research proposal is bold and original.
- The composition of the theme group is international and multidisciplinary.
- Individual members display excellent academic achievements, appropriate to their academic level.
- The topic will broaden the scope of the NIAS-Lorentz Program.
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