What are you looking for?


  • By application
  • For 5 or 10 months
  • Research project of own choice
  • Stipend or replacement subsidy
  • Accommodation or travel costs reimbursement


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

NIAS Individual Fellowship

NIAS offers individual fellowships to scholars who wish to carry out advanced research in the humanities and the social sciences. For five or ten months, scholars are offered the time and space to work on a topic of their own choice.

Each year, NIAS awards around 30 fellows, both scholars with a Dutch affiliation and scholars from abroad, with a NIAS Individual Fellowship. Fellows can apply for a stipend or a replacement subsidy, commuting travel expenses for daily commute or subsidized accommodation in Amsterdam. The Fellowship call is open from 15 January until 15 March.

Read more about why a fellowship could be of interest to you and what NIAS offers in general, or about the financial and practical details of a fellowship.

Who can apply?

NIAS Individual Fellowships are awarded to scholars to carry out advanced research. Applicants should have at least three years of experience since they obtained their PhD-degree and their project proposal should be related to the field of Humanities and Social Sciences.

For a complete list of the formal requirements please see here.

At a Glance: How to Apply

The call for individual fellowships is a project-based open call. Fellowships are awarded first and foremost on the basis of the quality of the research proposal; the applicant’s c.v. and publication record is of secondary importance. This way NIAS hopes to stimulate original research and a wide variety of perspectives.

Applicants fill in an online application form providing personal information, information about work & career and practical matters. In the same form, you upload a full proposal of  max 1500 words, which includes a description of the topic of your choice, its academic and societal relevance, and the added value of the interdisciplinary environment at NIAS. In addition, a c.v. and publication list need to be uploaded. Please also provide the names and contact details of four international experts in your field who could be approached as reviewers and who do not have a conflict of interest by reviewing your work.

For full details on what an application consists of, see here.

Time path

Call for individual proposals for the academic year 2022/23:

  • Call opens: 15 January 2021
  • Call closes: 15 March 2021, noon CET
  • If the application does not meet the formal requirements the application will be rejected and the applicant will be informed by email before 15 May.
  • The Director of NIAS informs all eligible candidates in writing of his decision no later than 15 December 2021


For a complete overview of all steps in the selection procedure, see here.

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