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Fellowships in Times of Covid-19

Although we are all still dealing with many uncertainties as to how the pandemic will develop between now and the start of the academic year 2020/21, and whether travel restrictions and governmental measures worldwide will have loosened up by then, NIAS' preparations for the next academic year are in full swing. Below you will find an overview of possible scenarios for NIAS Fellowships, dependent on the measures and guidelines that apply to Dutch society at the time.

Currently (1 July 2020), NIAS operates under scenario 3. We expect scenario 3 to be applicable at the start of the academic year in September 2020.

Scenario 1. Lockdown

It is to be expected that this lockdown-scenario will return periodically until a Covid-19 vaccine has become available.

A NIAS Fellowship in this scenario consists of the following:

  • NIAS offices are closed
  • All fellows and staff-members work from home and stay inside as much as possible
  • Fellows living in NIAS accommodation can choose to travel back home and follow all NIAS activities online, or stay in their NIAS family apartment or studio in Amsterdam
  • Twice a week an online seminar with a work-in-progress presentation by one of the fellows
  • Smaller online seminars and workshops on specific topics (eg. grant writing group, creative writing workshop, science communication workshop, thematic seminars/workshops organized by fellows)
  • Limited library services (online articles and book chapters only)
  • Regular online check-in meetings with Jan Willem Duyvendak, Director, and Fenneke Wekker, Head of Academic Affairs
  • Three times a week online Open Office Hours, with Fenneke Wekker, Head of Academic Affairs
  • Online Afternoon Fellows Drinks
  • Online visibility as a NIAS Fellow (see for example Food for Thought)
  • Active online participation is mandatory

Scenario 2. Controlled opening for fellows from outside the Netherlands

This scenario still provides primarily an online NIAS environment.

General

  • Stay 1.5 metres (2 arms lengths) away from other people
  • If you have mild cold-like symptoms, such as a sore throat, a runny nose, sneezing, a mild cough or a fever below 38 degrees Celsius, you should stay at home until you are fully recovered
  • If you have cold-like symptoms and a fever above 38 degrees Celsius and/or shortness of breath, stay at home until you are fully recovered. Others in your household must stay at home too
  • If you have an underlying health condition, stay at home
  • Wash your hands often: before you go out, when you come home, when you enter the NIAS building, before meals and after going to the toilet. Disinfect your working space upon arrival and when leaving

 

In this scenario a NIAS Fellowship will entail the following:

  • NIAS offices are opened in a controlled way for a maximum of 20 people who work separately in single offices
  • Fellows living in NIAS Accommodation are prioritized to work in their NIAS office
  • Everyone needs to ask for permission from the NIAS directorate to work in the NIAS building
  • Opening hours will be limited
  • Twice a week an online seminar with a work-in-progress presentation by one of the fellows
  • Smaller online seminars and workshops on specific topics (eg. grant writing group, creative writing workshop, science communication workshop, thematic seminars/workshops organized by fellows)
  • Limited library services (online articles and book chapters only)
  • Regular online check-in meetings with Jan Willem Duyvendak, Director, and Fenneke Wekker, Head of Academic Affairs
  • Three times a week online Open Office Hours, with Fenneke Wekker, Head of Academic Affairs
  • Online Afternoon Fellows Drinks
  • Online visibility as a NIAS Fellow (see for example Food for Thought)
  • Active online participation is mandatory

Scenario 3. Controlled opening for limited number of fellows and staff members

This scenario applies when it is again permitted to have gatherings of 3 to 25 persons in public, thereby taking into account 1,5 meter distance. This scenario combines a physical and online NIAS environment.

General

  • Stay 1.5 metres (2 arms lengths) away from other people
  • If you have mild cold-like symptoms, such as a sore throat, a runny nose, sneezing, a mild cough or a fever below 38 degrees Celsius, you should stay at home until you are fully recovered
  • If you have cold-like symptoms and a fever above 38 degrees Celsius and/or shortness of breath, stay at home until you are fully recovered. Others in your household must stay at home too
  • If you have an underlying health condition, stay at home
  • Wash your hands often: before you go out, when you come home, when you enter the NIAS building, before meals and after going to the toilet. Disinfect your working space upon arrival and when leaving

 

In scenario 3 the following guidelines apply:

  • NIAS offices are opened in a controlled way for people who work separately in single offices
  • All fellows and staff members can sign in on the online attendance form as long as there is enough space
  • Restricted opening hours
  • No need to ask for permission
  • Smaller seminars, meetings and workshops can take place in the NIAS Conference Room or Lunch Room
  • Library service (availability of books depending on other libraries)
  • Twice a week an online seminar with a work-in-progress presentation by one of the fellows
  • Regular check-in meetings with Jan Willem Duyvendak, Director, and Fenneke Wekker, Head of Academic Affairs, online or in person
  • Three times a week Open Office Hours, with Fenneke Wekker, Head of Academic Affairs, online or in person
  • Online Afternoon Fellows Drinks
  • Online visibility as a NIAS Fellow (see for example Food for Thought)
  • Active online participation is mandatory

Scenario 4. Controlled opening for all fellows, staff members and visitors

This scenario will be valid once the Dutch government allows gatherings of more than 25 persons in public again, thereby taking into account 1,5 meter distance. This scenario offers a primarily physical NIAS environment, almost back to ‘normal’.

General

  • Stay 1.5 metres (2 arms lengths) away from other people
  • If you have mild cold-like symptoms, such as a sore throat, a runny nose, sneezing, a mild cough or a fever below 38 degrees Celsius, you should stay at home until you are fully recovered
  • If you have cold-like symptoms and a fever above 38 degrees Celsius and/or shortness of breath, stay at home until you are fully recovered. Others in your household must stay at home too
  • If you have an underlying health condition, stay at home
  • Wash your hands often: before you go out, when you come home, when you enter the NIAS building, before meals and after going to the toilet. Disinfect your working space upon arrival and when leaving

 

In this scenario, the NIAS Fellowship entails the following:

  • All fellows and staff members are allowed to work in their office
  • Regular opening hours
  • Visitors need permission from the NIAS directorate to enter the building
  • Once or twice a week a seminar with work-in-progress presentations by fellows, in the conference room. Fellows group will be divided in two, weekly changing, sub-groups.
  • Smaller seminars and workshops on specific topics
  • Library Service
  • Daily lunch with fellows and staff, in the lunch room. Fellows group will be divided in two, weekly changing, sub-groups
  • Academic events such as the public NIAS Talks@SPUI25, the NIAS Annual Lecture, the alumni Uhlenbeck Lecture etc.
  • Three weekly Open Office Hours, with Fenneke Wekker, Head of Academic Affairs.
  • Tuesday Afternoon Tea in the attic
  • Thursday Drinks (after the seminar) in the attic
  • Social activities organized by Fellows Committee and NIAS
  • Active participation in the weekly seminars and daily lunches are mandatory

General

At all times, the Royal Academy of Arts and Science (KNAW) and NIAS Management can decide to shift to a more or less restricted scenario, which will ask for flexibility and cooperation of all fellows and staff members.

In case of a temporary lockdown, NIAS will return to the online-modes as described in scenarios 1. and 2., as long as Dutch governmental measures apply. During a lockdown period, foreign fellows can choose to return home or either stay at their NIAS accommodation.

Stipends and teaching replacement subsidies will be continued to be paid during a lockdown period, under the condition of remaining actively involved in the online NIAS activities.

As flexible as NIAS asks fellows to be, we will respond as flexible as possible to changes on fellows’ side. We are happy to think about alternative ways to make a NIAS fellowship possible, adjusted to personal circumstances. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.