What are you looking for?


  • for researchers from a Dutch or Flemish university and/or research institute
  • 5 months
  • office, research facilities
  • subsidized accommodation (if necessary)
  • replacement teaching fund


Dindy van Maanen, Supported Fellowship Officer- selection@nias.knaw.nl

Instituut Gak Fellowship

The Instituut Gak Fellowship at NIAS offers researchers the opportunity to work on topics in the fields of social security and labour market policy.

About the Instituut Gak Fellowship

During the Instituut Gak Fellowship researchers can focus without interruption on their research and the in-depth exploration of their topic in the fields of social security or labour market policy. The fellow can concentrate on producing new scientific knowledge (preferably leading to publications) or work on solutions to practical issues. The inspiring international environment at NIAS-KNAW offers researchers an opportunity to work within a multidisciplinary community of scholars.

Who can apply

The Instituut Gak Fellowship is open to both junior (with 3-10 years of postdoctoral experience) and senior (10 or more years of postdoctoral experience) researchers but preference is given to junior researchers. Applicants need to be on a temporary or permanent contract at a Dutch or Flemish University and/or research institute, or registered in the Netherlands as an independent researcher.

Practical information

  • The Instituut Gak offers two 5-month fellowships a year
  • Fellows are provided with a study in the main building with office and research facilities and, if necessary, subsidized accommodation. Fellows can also apply for funds to cover (part of) the costs of replacing their contractual obligation for teaching hours – the so-called replacement teaching fund.
  • For more information see the Regulations Instituut Gak Fellowship (in Dutch): 2020-2022 Reglement fellowship Instituut Gak

How to apply

To apply candidates must submit a fully completed Instituut Gak Fellowship application form online. The call for the academic year 2022/23 is open from 15 September to 1 December 2021 (noon, 12.00 CEST).

Selection procedure

  • NIAS-KNAW is responsible for processing all fellowship applications. The Academic Board at Instituut Gak selects suitable candidates to present to the NIAS Director who makes the final decision.
  • Applications are evaluated on the basis of a) scientific quality and originality of the project proposal; b) significance for the system of social security and labour market policy in the Netherlands; 3) the candidate’s academic achievements.
  • Candidates will be informed of the outcome within six weeks after the deadline.


About Instituut Gak

Instituut Gak is a foundation that aims to improve the quality of social security and labour-market policy in the Netherlands by funding projects and scientific research. The Instituut Gak supports numerous research projects and has established sixteen endowed chairs at universities and universities of applied sciences in the Netherlands.