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On Intellectual Exchange

On Intellectual Exchange

“NIAS aims to be a place of intellectual exchange. But what exactly is this intellectual exchange? What are the most fruitful contacts between researchers; how proximate should scholars be in order to help each other develop their ideas? As a witness of different cohorts passing through NIAS, I can conclude that there are few  ‘golden standards.’

Except for this: one should be able to acknowledge the idiosyncrasies of one’s own discipline, the limits of one’s knowledge and an eagerness to learn from other traditions, approaches, and epistemologies. Not to necessarily agree but to be able to put one’s own discipline and research interests into perspective: to relativize them – not to become relativistic, but to deviate from established pathways, and to be ready to ask new questions.”

Jan Willem Duyvendak, Rector of NIAS

Information for Fellowship Communication Purposes

NIAS publicises information about Fellows’ background and research project, both on the NIAS website and social media, and in printed form. Therefore we would like to receive some information about you and your project.

Communication Toolkit

The year group 2022/23 with a complete list of fellows will be publicly announced on 25 May 2022. 


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Template NIAS Fellowship Announcement

Below are some standard sentences about NIAS and NIAS fellowships, compiled for your convenience. You or your communication department may of course write your own announcement in a very different way. Please just make sure you use NIAS’ correct name: Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS).

[Title:] [your name] awarded fellowship at Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study

[Insert a paragraph about you and your project here]

The NIAS Fellowship allows […] to work on her/his project for a period of [5/10] months in the academic year 2023/24.[…] will become part of a carefully selected community of independent thinkers, in a collaborative environment where the space is created to ask new questions beyond disciplinary boundaries. NIAS Fellows are selected through a highly competitive external review process on the basis of the quality of the research proposal.

About NIAS
The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study [https://nias.knaw.nl/] is an intellectual haven for international researchers, writers, journalists and artists to pursue their projects, to work in an interdisciplinary environment and to share their knowledge with society.

It offers a diverse year-group of about 50 NIAS Fellows the opportunity to devote themselves to their own research project in a collaborative learning environment. NIAS is the oldest Institute for Advanced Study in Europe whose founding mission is to foster curiosity-driven research. It is an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and is located in Amsterdam.

How to set up your NIAS profile

Fellows can set up their own profile page via the online NIAS Community (section on this website especially for fellows and alumni). Read about it here: How to complete your NIAS profile on the NIAS website 2022

Please complete your profile before 11 May 2022.