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New Fellowship for International Research in Dutch Linguistics and Ethnology

The Meertens Institute and NIAS have initiated the Meertens-NIAS Fellowship. Building on the international orientation and expertise of both partners, this fellowship will contribute to an attractive intellectual environment for scholars around the world interested in the study of language and culture in the Netherlands and the Dutch language and culture in the world.

“The Meertens Institute has been studying the changing dynamics of Dutch language and culture for almost a century” says Markus Balkenhol, researcher at the Meertens Institute. “These dynamics must be understood in a broad perspective that pays attention to interactions with the world beyond Dutch borders, for example when we study popular culture, cultural heritage, colonial afterlives, horticulture, or populist practices of identity-making on Twitter. To further strengthen international perspectives on Dutch language and culture, we set up this fellowship together with our physical neighbours from NIAS.”

“Establishing international connections lies at the heart of our institute and we are therefore delighted to host this fellowship,” says Jan Willem Duyvendak, director of NIAS. “We are especially pleased that Meertens and NIAS found each other in a shared belief that we need to open up our institutes, as privileged academic spaces, and make them more accessible to a larger group, in particular scholars from underrepresented backgrounds. We look forward to learning from the perspectives that the new Meertens-NIAS Fellow will bring in.”

About the Fellowship

The Meertens-NIAS Fellowship is an opportunity to spend ten (or five) months at the institutes, working on a project of one’s own choice as an active member of the research community at NIAS and the Meertens Institute. The fellowship is for international researchers, both from abroad and residing in the Netherlands, who have between 3 and 10 years of post-PhD experience.

The call for this fellowship is now open. The deadline for submitting a proposal is 15 March 2023. More information about the Meertens-NIAS fellowship, eligibility and applying can be found here.

About the Meertens Institute

The Meertens Institute, established in 1926, has been a research institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) since 1952. The institute studies the diversity in language and culture in the Netherlands.

About NIAS

The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study is an intellectual haven for international researchers, writers, journalists and artists to pursue their research or 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 an independent research project. 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.