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Van Doorn Fellowship

The Van Doorn Fellowship is a collaboration between NIAS and the Department of Social Sciences and Public Administration of Erasmus University Rotterdam. The fellowship stimulates sociological research that critically analyses societal issues. 

About the Van Doorn Fellowship

The Van Doorn Fellowship and Chair is set up in honour of Prof. dr. J.A.A. van Doorn (1925–2008), Professor of Sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam, and one of the leading sociologists in the Netherlands in the second half of the twentieth century. It stimulates the critical analysis of societal issues and research relevant to social policy.
The Jacques van Doorn Fellowship at NIAS is for 5 or 10 months and is offered once every two years. It is an invitational fellowship for a leading researcher who is expected to contribute to the development of the disciplines of Sociology and Public Administration. The Van Doorn Fellow also holds the Prof. J.A.A. van Doorn Chair at Erasmus University for one day a week, for the duration of the Fellowship. The Jacques van Doorn Fellow delivers an inaugural lecture at Erasmus University in combination with the fellowship.

Practical Information

• A Van Doorn Fellowship includes studio accommodation or set commuting allowance (see also Facilities for Fellows), a personal study and research facilities.

Application and Selection

  • The Fellowship and Chair is by invitation only.
  • Candidates are reviewed by a special selection committee with the Chairs of Sociology and Management (EUR), the Rector of NIAS and an independent expert.
  • If NIAS considers the candidate suitable for a fellowship, the Rector Magnificus of the Erasmus University offers the candidate a Van Doorn Chair at the Faculty of Social Sciences.
  • The selection process is overseen by the NIAS Scholarly Committee
  • For questions regarding fellowships at NIAS please contact NIAS : +31 (0)20 224 67 03

Current and former fellows

About  J.A.A. van Doorn

The Van Doorn Fellowship and Chair is named after Prof. dr. J.A.A. van Doorn (1925–2008), Professor of Sociology at Erasmus University Rotterdam, and founder and designer of the Department of Social Sciences and Public Administration at the university. The research policy set out by Professor Van Doorn, called "the formula of Rotterdam" is still leading in the department. The focus is on theoretical sociology that targets solutions to social problems at a macrolevel. Van Doorn was also founding editor of the magazine Beleid en Maatschappij, and he also shared his views with a wide audience as a columnist for several Dutch newspapers.

NIAS - EUR partnership

The Van Doorn Fellowship was established in 2011 in a collaboration between NIAS and the Department of Social Sciences and Public Administration of Erasmus University Rotterdam.



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