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  • By nomination or application
  • For scholars from medical or biological sciences
  • Lunches, office, research facilities, subsidized accommodation (if eligible)
  • Stipend or replacement subsidy

Golestan Fellowship

The Golestan Fellowship is for researchers from the medical or biological sciences including clinical psychiatry. The fellowship is funded by a legacy from the late Prof. Dr. Med. Kenower Weimar Bash, a Swiss psychiatrist, who was a NIAS Fellow during the academic year 1973/74. The Golestan Fellowship call is now open for the academic year 2021/22.

About the Golestan Fellowship

Golestan Fellowships should be engaged in fundamental research in the medical or biological sciences and should have a specialization which would make it profitable for them to work in an international setting and be in daily contact with scholars who carry out advanced research in the humanities and social sciences. They should already have made a significant contribution to their field of research.

Practical Information

  • The Golestan foundation offers either one fellowship of 10 months or two fellowships of 5 months every two years.
  • The fellowship is for preferably non-Dutch scholars carrying out research in the medical or biological sciences that is related to clinical psychiatry, clinical psychology or developmental psychology.
  • The Golestan Fellowship includes an office space, research facilities and daily lunches.
  • Fellows from a Dutch university can apply for financial compensation to cover (part of) the costs to replace their teaching obligations. Teaching replacement grants can be up to €3,800 per month. Fellows from abroad can apply for a stipend to make up the loss of income up to a maximum of €3,800.
  • NIAS offers accommodation on top locations against subsidized rates to fellows from abroad or fellows who live more than 1.5-hour’s journey from Amsterdam. Studios are located at the Kloveniersburgwal, and family apartments in the Stadionplein area of Amsterdam.
  • Fellows from the Netherlands who live less than 1.5-hours’ journey by public transport to Amsterdam Central are expected to commute to NIAS and receive travel expenses.

Application and Selection

  • Golestan Fellowships are by application and by nomination
  • The Scholarly Committee and the NFA Board may nominate, and the NIAS directorate can put forward suitable researchers from regular NIAS fellowship applications that were sent for external review
  • The Board of the Golestan Foundation, the Swiss Academy of Medical Sciences in consultation with the Director of NIAS select the Golestan Fellow.
  • The candidates will be informed of the outcome of the selection procedure by 15 December 2020 at the latest.

Past & present Fellows