NIAS-Lorentz Research Fellowships in Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Technology 2017, Netherlands

Publish Date: Jan 23, 2017

Deadline: Mar 01, 2017

NIAS-Lorentz Theme Groups (NLTG)

What is a NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group?
The NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group (NLTG) members work together at NIAS as a team on a research topic that bridges the Humanities and/or Social Sciences with the Natural Sciences and/or Technology. This international group of researchers can be made up of either: a) three researchers for five consecutive months or b) five researchers for three consecutive months during either the first or second semester.
All NLTG members hold fellowships at NIAS giving them the opportunity to engage in the kind of intensive interdisciplinary collaboration that is often difficult to realize in a normal university setting. This can lead to concrete outcomes such as an edited volume, a scientific paper or a project proposal for external funding (e.g. ERC).
What does a NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group include (NLTG)?
All NLTG members, including the coordinator, also hold individual NLTG (residential) fellowships at NIAS. NLTG members from abroad receive a stipend, which is related to the level of seniority. NLTG members from a university in the Netherlands are eligible for a teaching or management replacement subsidy. At NIAS, group members are offered research facilities and the Lorentz Center offers venues as well as organizational support for the workshop.
The compulsory NLTG workshop is organized at the Lorentz Center in Leiden during the NLTG Fellowship period. The unique setting offers an opportunity for up to 55 researchers, at various career stages, to work together intensively for a week.
A NLTG can particularly benefit early/mid-career scientists who wish to explore and open a new interdisciplinary field of research through a period of close interaction with theme-group members from other scientific disciplines.
How to apply
Researchers interested in setting up and coordinating a NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group should submit a short Pre-proposal for preliminary review. Selected coordinators will be invited to compile a Full NLTG Proposal. For advice about writing a NLTG pre-proposal, please contact Nick den Hollander (Head of Academic Affairs, NIAS). 

The Call for NIAS-Lorentz Theme-Group applications 2017/18 is now open.
For NIAS-Lorentz Theme-Group applications 2017/18:
1   March  2017            - Deadline to submit NLTG Pre-proposals
15 May     2017            - Deadline to submit NLTG Full Proposals
Who can apply?
Researchers with at least 5 years of postdoctoral research experience can initiate and coordinate a NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group. Preferably  the coordinator is affiliated with a Dutch research institution although researchers from abroad may also coordinate the NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group if they apply together with a researcher who is based in the Netherlands (co-coordinator).
The coordinator is the official NLTG applicant and he/she puts forward the other NLTG members. These can be researchers from the Netherlands or abroad with postdoctoral research experience. NIAS and the Lorentz Center are committed to encouraging women and minority groups in academia, therefore researchers from these groups are particularly urged to apply.
  • The topic connects Humanities and/or Social Sciences and the Natural Sciences and/or Technology;
  • The research proposal is innovative and original;
  • The composition of the theme group is international and interdisciplinary;
  • Individual members display excellent academic achievements (appropriate to their academic level).
How to initiate and apply for a NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group?
The application procedure for an NLTG consists of three steps:  
  1. Pre-proposal
  2. Full NLTG Proposal with workshop outline and NLTG Fellowship applications
  3. If the NLTG is awarded, a more detailed workshop plan
1) Pre-proposal: Deadline submission 1 March 2017
Coordinators should submit a short NLTG pre-proposal of no more than three A4 pages containing:
  • Title of the proposal
  • List of proposed NLTG members.
  • Concise description of the interdisciplinary topic with a brief description of the methodology; idea for the workshop and the expected research outcomes.

You can download the pre-proposal form from the official website and send the completed form to (addressed to Nick den Hollander, Head of Academic Affairs, NIAS).

Pre-proposals are evaluated on the basis of the criteria stated above. NLTG coordinators will be informed by 1st of April of the outcome. Coordinators of pre-proposals that are considered suitable for further elaboration will be invited to compile a Full NLTG Proposal containing all relevant documents (see below)

 2) Full NLTG Proposal: Deadline submission 15 May 2017
The Full NLTG proposal consists of

An expanded NLTG research proposal that takes feedback on the pre-proposal into account

The Individual NLTG fellowship application forms of all NLTG group members

An outline of the workshop.

All forms for the Full NLTG Proposal can be found on the official website. The documents should be submitted as separate documents in one email to with name and NLTG in the subject.

For information about NLTG fellowship applications contact Nick den Hollander or Petry Kievit-Tyson. For advice on the workshop outline contact Henriette Jensenius.

3) Detailed workshop plan: (early 2018)

The coordinator of the winning NLTG proposal will work with the Lorentz Center to prepare the final NIAS-Lorentz workshop plan. This plan will receive additional feedback from the NIAS-Lorentz Advisory Board as well as relevant Lorentz Center board(s).

For more information please click "Further Official Information" below.

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