What are you looking for?


  • By application
  • For 5 or 10 months
  • Research project of own choosing
  • Replacement subsidy for teaching hours
  • Travel expenses / accommodation


Anja de Haas, anja.de.haasgruijs@nias.knaw.nl or (0)20 224 67 05

Individual Fellowship – Dutch

Individual fellowships for scholars with a Dutch affiliation, who wish to work on an individual project for 5 or 10 months. These fellowships are by application.

Who can apply

NIAS individual Fellowships are awarded to scholars to carry out advanced research in the humanities and the social sciences.

Eligibility criteria

In order to be considered eligible for a fellowship by NIAS, the following criteria and rules are applicable:

• At least 3 years of post-Ph.D. degree academic experience
• The proposal should be related to the field of Humanities and Social Sciences
• The research proposal should be original (and not an amended version of an application previously rejected by NIAS)
• Applicants must have an affiliation with a university or research institute during the period of the fellowship. Guest researchers and researchers with a so called ‘nul-aanstelling’ (‘zero-hours contract’) are not eligible for application. The NIAS Fellowship does not constitute an employment relationship: the fellow is and remains an employee of his or her own university or research institute. NIAS is thus not obligated to make social insurance contributions or to contribute to pension or unemployment insurances
• Applicants can only apply for either an individual fellowship or a theme-group fellowship in a single year, not for both
• If applicants were granted with an earlier fellowship at NIAS, they can apply for a new fellowship 10 years after finishing the first fellowship
• A completed online application form with all requested documents uploaded

Selection procedure

Application documents are processed by the Selection Office, who performs administrative and criteria checks on all applications. If applicants do not comply, the application will not be taken into consideration.

Applications that fit the eligibility criteria are sent to independent external reviewers. Applications are evaluated by external reviewers on the basis of scientific quality and academic experience of the applicant.

In order to establish a diverse and coherent research group, additional elements that are taken into consideration by the NIAS directorate include the spread across disciplinary backgrounds, gender, age and geographical origin. In addition, the availability of facilities such as housing are also taken into consideration.

Based on the reviewers’ assessments, the recommendations of the Academic Advisory Board , in combination with the above-mentioned additional selection criteria, it is the director who ultimately decides which applicants will be invited for a NIAS Fellowship.

Applicants should take into account that the outcome of an application is in December of the same year. The process takes 7-8 months because of the peer reviewer evaluation process.

Please note that NIAS only offers a limited number of NIAS Fellowships each year and that the competition is fierce, which means that less than 10% of all applications is accepted.

More information

Please note that NIAS does not provide fellowships for training programs or educational purposes. Nor does it offer courses, or financial support to conduct research elsewhere.