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NIAS Fellows' Recent Achievements

Appointments and Awards

NIAS' alumni community consists of more than two thousand scholars. Announcements of grants, appointments, awards, and prizes are shown below. 

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Received 21 June - Felipe Fernández-Armesto (Fellow 1999/2000) has received the Gran Cruz de la Orden de Alfonso X el Sabio, Spain´s highest award for services to education and the arts.


Received 21 June - Ekaterina R. Rashkova (Fellow 2015/16) was appointed an Assistant Professor of Public Governance at Utrecht University School of Governance in 2016. 


Received 20 June 2017 - Hans IJzerman (Fellow 2015) accepted a position as associate professor at Université Grenoble Alpes, where he will be starting in the fall of 2017. 

Received 16 June 2017 - Eveline Crone (Fellow 2013/14 and Guest of the Rector 2014/15) has been awarded the Spinoza Prize 2017the highest Dutch award in science. It consists of an amount of 2.5 million euros, to be used for scientific research. Crone is Professor of Neuropsychology at Leiden University and her innovative insights on the links between the emergence of patterns in human thinking and behaviour and the development of the brain, were the impetus for an entirely new field of research, which is now thriving.


Received 31 May 2017 - Judith Rietjens, Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Health of Erasmus Medical Center and a L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellow in 2013, is awarded a Vidi grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) for her project "Patient engagement of patients with advanced cancer".

Received 12 April 2017 - Alec Badenoch (Fellow 2010/11) from Utrecht University is appointed Professor of Transnational Media at the VU University Amsterdam, co-sponsored by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision. 

Received 16 March 2017 - Professor Johan Schot (Fellow 2010/11 and Director of the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex) is to be awarded an honorary degree by the New University of Lisbon (Universidade NOVA de Lisboa) for his work in the discipline, History of Technology. Presented at a special ceremony on 21 March, this prominent accolade recognises Professor Schot’s influential, wide-ranging and significant research in the discipline.


Received 1 March 2017 - Christoph Jedan (Fellow 2016/17) was appointed Professor of Philosophy of Religion and Ethics at the University of Groningen. He held his inaugural lecture, "A complete life: Consolation and the intelligence of religion," on 14 March.


Ellemers,-Naomi.jpgReceived 20 January 2017 -  Naomi Ellemers (Fellow 2015) has been appointed as Distinguished Professor of Utrecht University. She held her Inaugural Lecture on 9 February 2017, entitled "Ethical climate at work: Searching for the New Normal". 

Received 20 January 2017 -  Thomas F. Pettigrew (Fellow, 1984/85 and Research Professor of Social Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz) has been awarded the Centennial Medal of Harvard University's Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. This award is "in recognition of significant contribution to society."

Received 19 January 2017 - Karla Pollmann (NIAS Fellow 2003/4 and 2008/9) works now as Professor of Classics and Head of the School of Humanities at the University of Reading, UK. Her latest book, The Baptized Muse. Early Christian Poetry as Cultural Authority, is forthcoming with Oxford University Press later this year. She is Co-Investigator of an EU-funded Innovative Training Network on “The History of Human Freedom and Dignity in Western civilization” (2016-19;

Received 15 January 2017 - Eveline Crone (Fellow 2013/14 and Guest of the Rector 2014/15) has been elected as member of the ERC Scientific Council, the European Research Council's governing body which defines the scientific funding strategy and methodologies. Crone is Professor of Neuropsychology at Leiden University. 


Received 16 December 2016 - NIAS Fellow Christian Lange (2015/16) has been awarded a highly competitive European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant. Lange, Professor of Islam and Arabic at Utrecht University, was awarded the grant for his project SENSIS (‘The senses in Islam’).

Received 5 December 2016 - Nadine Akkerman (Fellow 2015/16) received a grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research to further research on the spectacular Texel shipwreck found in early 2016.


Received 7 October 2016 - Carsten de Dreu (Fellow 2015/16) was appointed Professor of Social and Organisational Psychology at Leiden University. He held his Inaugural Lecture on 7 October 2016. 


Heilbron.jpgReceived 31 August 2016 - For his book French Sociology (2015), written during his stay at NIAS 2009/10, Johan Heilbron received the “Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award” of the section on the history of the sociology of the American Sociological Association (ASA). He received the prize in Seattle in August 2016 at the annual conference of ASA. Johan Heilbron, who gave the Uhlenbeck Lecture in 2011, is Professor of Sociology at the Centre européen de sociologie et de science politique de la Sorbonne (CESSP, CNRS-EHESS) and Erasmus University Rotterdam.


Received 23 August 2016 - Economist Mathijs van Dijk (Fellow 2015/16) shared his insights on the nature of investing in the public lecture "Wie is er beter in beleggen: een geblinddoekte aap of een mens", organized and aired by the Universiteit van Nederland. 


Received 19 April 2016 - Marwan M. Kraidy, NIAS Fellow 2014/15, has received the Andrew Carnegie Fellowship, one of the most prestigious American prizes in the social sciences and humanities, for his study on the use of communications by IS.


Received 1 March 2016 - Andreas Faludi, NIAS Fellow 1992/1993, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from Blekinge Institute of Technology at Karslkrona in Sweden in 2008.

Received 26 March 2016 - In November 2015, Carola Lentz (NIAS Fellow 2000/01) has been elected secretary of the social science class of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, and is therefore now a member of the Academy’s executive board.

H.P. Blossfield.jpgReceived 26 Feb 2016 - Hans-Peter Blossfeld (NIAS Fellow 1988/89) was elected as President of the Society for Longitudinal and Lifecourse Studies (SLLS) in London (UK) in 2014; in 2012 Hans-Peter Blossfeld was appointed Professor of Sociology at the European University Institute, Florence, Italy. Blossfeld received the “Honorary Badge with Ribbon” from the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences in Sofia, Bulgaria (2012), and was appointed IAB Research Fellow of the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) in Nuremberg, Germany, as well as ROA Fellow by the Research Centre for Education and the Labour Market (ROA) at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. In 2010 Hans-Peter Blossfeld was awarded the Honorary Doctorate from the University of Tallinn, Estonia.

Received 26 Feb 2016 - On January 27, Harry Reis (NIAS Fellow 2014/15) received the Career Contribution Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. This is the highest award for a career of research in social psychology.

Received 25 February 2016 - Ehud Harari (Fellow 1978/79) has been elected Honorary President of the Israel Association of Japanese Studies (2015-2018).


Received 25 February 2016 - Thomas Pettigrew (Fellow 1984/85)  will receive the Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award for Lifetime Contributions for the Study of and Efforts to Better Intergroup Relations Globally of the American Sociological Association.

Received 25 February 2016 - Dr. Paul van den Broek (Fellow 1999/00 and 2006/07) is awarded the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award by the Society for Text and Discourse. The award honors scholars who have made outstanding scientific contributions to the study of discourse processing and text analysis. It is presented to Dr. van den Broek at the Society's Annual meeting in Kassel, Germany, July 18-20.


B„hre.jpgReceived 12 February 2016 -  Erik Bähre, NIAS Fellow 2011/12, is awarded the ERC Consolidator Grant 2015 for his research on the morality of life insurance. 

Received 12 February 2016 - Eveline Crone, NIAS Fellow 2014/15, is awarded the ERC Consolidator Grant 2015 for her research on the neural basis of prosocial development in adolescence. 


Received 7 September 2015 - Dr. Judith Keilbach, NIAS Fellow 2014/15, was appointed steering committee member of the European Network for Cinema and Media Studies (NECS). 

Received 23 June 2015 - Professor Endre Szécsényi, NIAS Fellow 2003, is currently at the University of Aberdeen as a Marie Curie Research Fellow (2014-2016). He was also awarded the prestigious title of "University Professor" at his home university (Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest). 

Received 19 August 2015 -  Wilfred Dolfsma, NIAS Fellow 2005/06, is appointed full professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Loughborough University in London as of September 1.

Received 12 March 2015 - On 13 June, 2014, Andreas Faludi, NIAS Fellow 1992/1993, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Groningen, The Netherlands.

Received 25 February 2015 - The German Political Science Association and Springer Verlag have created a dissertation prize for dissertations on the politics of migration and integration named after Dietrich Thränhardt, NIAS Fellow 2002/03, and Professor Em. from the Institut für Politikwissenschaft, Muenster.

Harro Maas.jpgReceived 25 February 2015 - Harro Maas, NIAS Fellow 2013/14, has been appointed as full professor at the Centre Walras-Pareto for the history of economic and political sciences in the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, as of 1 january 2015.

Received 12 February 2015 - Three former fellows have received a Vici grant of 1.5 million euros from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO). The grants will enable the laureates to do research for the next five years and to build up their own research group. Vici is one of the largest grants for individual scientists in the Netherlands. More about Vici 2014.


Received 8 January 2015 - Irene van Staveren, NIAS Fellow 2009/10 and ISS Professor of Pluralist Development Economics has been awarded the Thomas S. Divine Award and the Patrick J. Welch best paper Award. Both awards are from the Association for Social Economics which seeks to promote high quality research in the broadly defined area of social economics.

Schmidtke.JPGReceived 18 December 2014 -  Sabine Schmidtke, NIAS Fellow 2011/12 and Historian of Islamic Thought, has been appointed Professor in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study (Princeton). Schmidtke is currently working on the history of Islamic thought in the post-classical period (13th to 19th centuries) and a comprehensive study of the Muslim reception of the Bible. 

Received 3 December 2014 - Carola Lentz, NIAS Fellow 2000/01, has recently won the Melville J. Herskovits Award. This most prestigious international African Studies book prize was awarded to Professor Lentz (Professor of Ethnology at the Universität Mainz) for the book "Land, Mobility, and Belonging in the West African Savanna", which is based on her work during the NIAS fellowship. Carola Lentz was also appointed member of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in June 2014. 

Pettigrew.jpgReceived 2 October 2014 - Thomas Pettigrew, NIAS Fellow 1984/85 and Research Professor of Social Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, received in August 2014 the Cooley-Mead Award for lifetime achievement in social psychology from the American Sociological Association. He has also been invited to deliver the 2015 Jos Jaspar Memorial Lecture at Oxford University. Jaspar was a beloved Dutch leader of social psychology in post-war Europe who taught at Oxford. The lecture is scheduled for next May.

Received 1 August 2014 - Endre Szécsényi (NIAS Magyar Fellow 2003) has obtained a two-year Marie Curie Research Fellowship in the Research Institute of Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen (Fall 2014 - Summer 2016).

Hondius, E..jpgReceived 31 July 2014 - On Wednesday 2 July 2014, The University of Edinburgh awarded an honorary doctorate to Ewoud Hondius, Professor of European Private Law at Utrecht University and Vice-President of the National Body for Scientific Integrity. The Laureator was Professor Elspeth Reid. Ewoud Hondius was NIAS Fellow in 1975/1976. Earlier he received an honorary doctorate from the Catholic University of Leuven (Professor Jacques Herbots).  


Received 9 April 2014 - Yaacov Vertzberger, NIAS fellow 1999/2000, is the winner of Foreign Policy Analysis Distinguished Scholar Award of the International Studies Association, 2012. He is currently a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge, Department of  Politics and International Studies for the 2013/2014 academic year.


Mark Geller.jpgReceived 8 April 2014 - Mark Geller heads a new 5-year ERC Project, BabMed, at the Freie Universität Berlin. This project on Babylonian medicine was conceived and born in a NIAS theme group (2000-2001) on Rethinking the History of Medicine:  'Rationality' and 'Magic' in Babylonia and the Graeco-Roman World, (with Marten Stol, Manfred Horstmanshoff, Philip van der Eijk, et al).    


Received 7 April 2013 - Johan Heilbron, NIAS fellow 2009/10, was awarded the George Sarton Medal for the history of science of Ghent University for his research on the history of the social sciences. The award ceremony took place on 24 April 2014. 


Received 5 November 2013 - Victor van Daal was appointed Professor in Education and Director of Edge Hill University’s Centre for Literacy and Numeracy Research (Lancashire, UK). Professor van Daal has published widely in the areas of typical and atypical development of reading and arithmetic, second language learning, multimedia and literacy learning, international comparative research on reading comprehension and mathematics, and methodology and statistics for social sciences. He was a fellow in 2010/11.


Kaplan.jpgReceived 1 October 2013 - Yosef Kaplan, Bernard Cherrick Emeritus Professor of Jewish History at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, was elected chairman of the Humanities Section of the Israel Academy of Sciences and Humanities. Also volume 44 of Studia Rosenthaliana was dedicated to him on the occasion of his retirement. He was a fellow in 1991


Received 6 August 2013Donald Light, NIAS Fellow 2006/07, was selected as a research Lab Fellow at the E J Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University for the 2012/13 academic year and will continue as a Network Fellow for 2013/14. In 2013, the American Sociological Association awarded him the Distinguished Career in the Practice of Sociology, in part for research while at NIAS. 


Berkel van.jpgReceived 26 June 2013Tazuko van Berkel, scholar of Greek Language and Culture from Leiden University, received a NWO Veni Grant for her research on Counting and accountability: the politics of numbers in the democracy of classical Athens. Her project examines which communicative functions and ideological significances public numbers and calculations were assigned in the direct democracy in Athens. Van Berkel was a theme group fellow in 2011-12


Received 20 February 2013 - Professor Yosef Kaplan has received the 2013 Israel Prize for his research on the history of the Jewish people. The award committee: "Prof. Kaplan has made a decisive contribution to understanding the key processes in the development of modern Jewish society" and "he is a prominent and outstanding academic leader with a unique participation in the country’s professional and public academic activities.'' Kaplan was a fellow in 1991

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