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International Institute for Asian Studies Fellowships


February 01, 2016


Opportunity Cover Image - International Institute for Asian Studies Fellowships

The position of affiliated fellow is intended for outstanding researchers (also see 'Terms and conditions') from around the world, to work on an important aspect of Asian studies research in the social sciences and humanities. Interdisciplinary interests are encouraged. We also welcome researchers who would like to work on a collaborative grant proposal or develop their PhD thesis into a book publication.

Research focus

We are particularly looking for researchers focusing on the three IIAS clusters 'Asian Cities', 'Asian Heritages' and 'Global Asia'. However some positions will be reserved for outstanding projects in any area outside of those listed. Applications that link to more than one field are also welcome.

On the application form, you will be asked to indicate to which cluster your proposed research relates, or to choose the "open category".

Terms and conditions

  1. Applicants must have fulfilled all requirements of the PhD. If you are a PhD candidate at the time of application, you may also apply, provided that you graduate within 5 months after the application deadline (i.e. before 1 July). A letter from your university will be required to confirm your graduation before this date.
  2. If you are applying for a grant from IIAS to cover your research period in the Netherlands, the fellowship will be tenable for a maximum period of 10 months.
  3. Support for research (office facilities, library access, networks, etc.) will be provided.
  4. Affiliated fellows are expected to participate in IIAS events, including the fellow seminars, monthly lunch lectures, and drinks.


If IIAS decides to sponsor your research by awarding a grant, you will receive:

- A monthly grant of €2000 to cover the costs of housing, visa and health insurance;
- Office facilities and access to the Leiden University Libraries;
- A one-time grant of (max) €1000 towards the costs of (international) travel.

Application form and deadline

Interested applicants are invited to email/post their applications, consisting of:

  1. Application form (Word).

  2. Curriculum Vitae

  3. A minimum of two letters of reference.
    Please ensure that a minimum of two letters of reference is sent to us in confidence before the deadline via email or post, commenting on your academic qualities and the value of your research project by the appropriate deadline.

  4. List of publications


1. If you are sending us your application via email you will receive a reply acknowledging receipt of your email/application;

2. Please send us your application only once. If you have already sent in your application via email, kindly do not send the same application via post (and vice versa);

3. Emails larger than 10MB are rejected by our email system. Please keep your email and attachments below 10MB by zipping any large files.

Application deadline


Address for submission of applications, reference letters and/or queries:

(1) Email: 

(2) Fellowship Programme
     c/o Ms. Sandra van der Horst
     International Institute for Asian Studies
     Rapenburg 59
     2311 GJ Leiden 
     The Netherlands


Eligible Countries
Publish Date
September 03, 2015


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