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Confluence of Minds

In the confluence of minds
The waters of thought
Run clear, deep, and free

 

A farewell haiku by Rosalind Brown-Grant (Fellow 2018/19)

NIAS Alumni Stay

The Alumni Stay is set up to give former NIAS Fellows and their colleagues an opportunity to live and work at NIAS for a two- or three-week period in the summer.

About an Alumni Stay

A NIAS Alumni Stay includes accommodation and the use of a NIAS office during a 2- or 3-week visit in July or August. NIAS and the NIAS Fellows Association (NFA) hope that these academic visits will provide an opportunity for former fellows to take their NIAS project a step further, to work on a grant proposal or explore a new project with colleagues.

Former fellows can apply either as an individual or as the initiator of a group project. Alumni groups must be led by a NIAS alumnus and can consist of three to five members, the majority of which should be member of the NIAS Fellows Association.

What about Covid-19?

As the global covid-19 pandemic continues to be part of our everyday lives, it is not easy to make plans for the summer period. NIAS and the NFA cannot predict what the situation in Amsterdam will be like in July and August 2021. We can ensure you that the NIAS studio’s will be available. However, the NIAS office building may be closed, or open with limitations. You might also need to self-quarantine for 10 days after arriving in the Netherlands from a corona hotspot. Amsterdam might be in lockdown, or academic, social and cultural life might be thriving again. Whatever the circumstances, NIAS and the NFA are happy to think with you about the best ways to make your alumni stay as rewarding as possible. We will monitor the situation in May and June, and both you and NIAS can decide to postpone an awarded Alumni Stay for a year.

Who can apply?

  • Former NIAS fellows who are paid up NFA members

That’s it. Once a Fellow, always a Fellow.

What we offer*

  • Studio accommodation at the Fellows House, in the heart of Amsterdam
  • An office in the nearby NIAS Main building
  • Wi-fi access via the Guest Login (NIAS Main building & Fellows House)
  • Use of the Conference Room or other meeting rooms in the Main Building
  • Use of the Library with (limited) library services via a guest computer
  • Printing via a guest computer (limited)
  • Coffee and tea facilities
  • Lunch or afternoon tea once a week with other summer guests and staff
  • Basic facilities support in the Main Building and Fellows House accommodation

 

Note: An Alumni Stay does not include stipends, replacement subsidies, travel expenses, lunches, ICT support, an email account or a computer (applicants should bring their own laptop).

*Under normal circumstances. What we offer might differ under the circumstances of the covid-19 pandemic.

How to Apply

Complete the online application form (see the button below) by the deadline of 15 February 2021.

The application form asks for the following information:

  • Individual or Group; Requested date; Fellow year;
  • For a group application: names and affiliations of all group members
  • Personal information (name; contact details)
  • Work related information (university; current position; discipline)
  • Project proposal with the following details:
  • title of the (research) topic and research question;
  • description of the research, including reference to intended research output;
  • the added value of working at NIAS Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Then What?

The Chair of the NIAS Fellows Association and Director of NIAS select which applications for an Alumni Stay will be granted based on the quality of the proposal. Diversity among applicants in terms of disciplines, gender and seniority will also be taken into account when allocating places.

Applicants are informed of the outcome early March.

NIAS has reserved 10 places to accommodate NIAS Alumni Summer Guests in 2021. Please submit your application by the deadline of 15 February. The selection and allocation of places will be completed by the end of February, after which reserved places will be released. So if you missed the submission deadline you could see if there are any slots still available – contact us.

Practical Matters

Available 3-week time slots in 2021:

  • 5 July – 23 July
  • 2 – 20 August

In special circumstances it may be possible to apply for a consecutive period of six weeks starting Monday 5 July.

  • The NIAS Alumni Stay costs 978 euro per person for a 3-week stay. It costs 652 euro per person for a 2-week stay. This fee covers the costs of electricity, water, taxes, cleaning costs and extra staff.
  • All individual and group members are required to sign the NIAS Alumni Stay Agreement and pay a deposit of 750 euros at least four weeks before the start date of their stay. On departure, all NIAS Alumni Summer Guests will receive an invoice to cover any remaining costs (or damages) which will be deducted from the deposit.

 

Please note that being a NIAS Alumni Summer Guest will be a different experience to being a NIAS Fellow. NIAS will not be able to provide the same level of service and support during the summer. Also, there is often renovation work scheduled in the Fellows House during the summer months. So we ask for your understanding and that you will be prepared to find your own way.

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