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Individual NIAS Fellowships Awarded for 2019/20

NIAS-KNAW is proud to announce that thirty-one researchers from across the humanities and social sciences have been awarded an Individual NIAS Fellowship for the year-group 2019/20. The remaining thirty places will be filled by co-sponsored fellows and theme-group members.

“We are delighted to see that the NIAS year group for 2019/20 is developing into such a fascinating and varied community of scholars in terms of discipline, gender, career phase and country of origin,” says Josip Kesic, NIAS’ Head of Academic Affairs. “The high quality, ambitious projects that NIAS fellows work on can particularly benefit from the open academic climate at NIAS, which acts as a catalyst for independent curiosity-driven research. We are sure that many exciting interdisciplinary exchanges will occur and that all our fellows’ research will benefit and flourish.”

NIAS Individual Fellowships allow researchers to work on a project of their own choosing for a 5- or 10-month period. Individual researchers are evaluated via an external review process and fellowships are awarded on the basis of the quality and innovative value of the research proposal. The success rate for Individual NIAS fellowship applications is about ten percent.

Kesic: “The end of the academic year is always a time of mixed feelings. Although there is an element of sadness as we bid farewell to our current fellows, we are also looking forward to meeting our new fellows after the summer.”


NIAS – one of the institutes of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) –provides a physical and intellectual space for advanced research in the humanities and social sciences that is driven by curiosity and cross-discipline collaboration. It offers temporary fellowships to international and Dutch scholars. NIAS is located in Amsterdam.

List of Fellows 2019/20


This list will be completed and finalized in the following months.