The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) provides fellowships for talented scholars; renowned and promising researchers alike.
Theme Groups bring together scholars of different backgrounds with specific expertise to work together on a daily basis, to advance knowledge on a particular theme.
NIAS Fellows write books, chapters, journal and conference papers as well as articles in newspapers and popular scientific magazines. Many of the publications that have resulted from NIAS fellowships have been added to the NIAS Library Collection and currently there are over 1200 books and 1200 articles and chapters by fellows in the NIAS Catalogue. This wide-ranging body of scientific literature is a testimony to the volume and variety of work that has been produced at NIAS since its establishment in 1971.
Some co-sponsored fellowship programmes have been discontinued, but remain part of the collective memory of the institute.
NIAS’ academic community is made up of researchers who have been awarded one of the institute’s various fellowships. The thing that sets NIAS’ community apart from traditional academic communities is diversity and independent research. Not only do its researchers consist of fellows from across the globe, but the institute boasts fellows across various academic subjects, putting an emphasis on cross-discipline collaboration that leads to exciting research. NIAS is truly a place where sciences and the arts meet – thanks to its community of researchers, writers, journalists and artists. A new year group is formed each academic year – each one as innovative and diverse as the last.