Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in Humanities and Social Sciences Individual Fellowship 2017, Netherlands

Publish Date: Jan 23, 2017

Deadline: Apr 15, 2017

About NIAS Individual Fellowships

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 (September - January or February - June) or two semesters (September - June) at the Institute.

  • A NIAS fellowship awarded to a scholar from abroad includes subsidised accommodation, lunches, a personal study, research facilities, one international return ticket.
  • NIAS fellowships for scholars from the Netherlands include fixed commuting allowance, 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.

Please take into account that Fellows are expected to participate actively in academic and social events, and be present at the institute on a daily basis.

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

Selection criteria

Applications are evaluated on the basis of originality, quality and relevance of the project proposal. Scholarly achievements, grants, awards and publication record are also taken into consideration in the selection process.

Selection procedure

All correctly submitted applications are screened for eligibility by the rector and the head of academic affairs. Only applications with a reasonable chance of success will, subsequently, be sent to external independent reviewers. Applicants who do not have a feasible chance of success are notified by email that NIAS does not intend sending their application to external reviewers for evaluation. Applicants can object to this decision by email. On the basis of the arguments given by the applicant, NIAS will decide whether or not to reconsider.

NIAS identifies high and low quality applications with the help of the external reviewers’ reports. The final decision on which applicants to invite for a NIAS Fellowship is made by the rector. The aim is to form a diverse but coherent research group that consists of fellows from different disciplinary backgrounds, seniority, gender and geographical origin.

For questions regarding NIAS Individual Fellowships please contact NIAS' Head of Academic Affairs ( or (0)20 224 67 03).

Facilities for Fellows


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 south west Amsterdam. These family apartments are a 20minute tram ride (tram number 16 - every 5 minutes) away from the NIAS main building. The subsidized rent for a family apartment is 750 euro/month. 

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. 

Please note that domestic animals are not allowed in the offices, studios or family apartments.

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 are for NIAS Individual Fellowships and vary for Co-sponsored Fellowships. Please go to each specific Co-sponsored fellowship page for details.

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 Ph.D.) and up to € 2,600.- for junior fellows (less than 10 years after obtaining Ph.D.).

In some cases, also for fellows from abroad, an agreement can be made with the university at which the fellow is working to provide the university with a replacement grant instead of a stipend, for the teaching obligations of the fellow.

Please note:

  • The Fellowship from NIAS does not constitute an employment relationship. For this reason, NIAS is not obligated to make social insurance contributions; accordingly, NIAS makes no contributions to pension or unemployment insurance.
  • Fellows are expected to participate actively in academic and social events, and be present at the institute on a daily basis. The rules of the institute state that a Fellow is free to attend conferences etc., and to take leave with the restriction that his absence from the institute will not exceed a total of four weeks (including holidays) during a full year period (two weeks for one semester) in order to avoid financial consequences for either the fellow or the institute.


15 April 2017 (for Individual Scholars with a non-Dutch affiliation 2018/19) 
1 August 2017 (for Individual Scholars with a Dutch affiliation 2018/19) 

Application Guidelines

Application forms should be sent by e-mail to:

A complete application consists of:

  1. a completed application form
  2. a research proposal describing the work that you propose to carry out at NIAS (maximum 1500 words, references excluded).
  3. a curriculum vitae (max. 1 page)
  4. a list of (major) publications of the last 5 years in refereed journals/books (max. 1 page)
  5. two publications (articles or books, in pdf) in support of the application. (Books in support of the application may also be sent by regular mail. Please address to NIAS, Academic Affairs, PO Box 10855, 1001 EW Amsterdam,The Netherlands)

For applicants affiliated to a non-Dutch university:

6. 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.

Application Forms will only be accepted in Word Format.

If you do not receive an automatic acknowledgement of receipt please contact NIAS at

Only NIAS Fellowship applications that meet the eligibility criteria will be taken into consideration. You will be notified by e-mail if your application fulfils the eligibility criteria and has been sent on for external review. You will be given an indication of when to expect the outcome of the selection procedure.

Please note, that the number of scholars expressing interest always exceeds the places available.

All information supplied will be treated with utmost confidentiality and used only by the Scholarship Committee, selected External Referees, and the Director.

Find the application form in the "Further official information" link below this announcement.

For more information click "Further official information" below.

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