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NIAS awards fellowship grants for the academic year 2024 -2025

NIAS awards fellowship grants for the academic year 2024 -2025

NIAS is pleased to announce the endowments of its fellowship grants for the upcoming academic year. Promoting slow science, these grants offer an opportunity for researchers, writers, journalists, and artists to dedicate five or ten months to their research projects within the institute's international and interdisciplinary setting.

Fellows get the opportunity to leave the academic treadmill, follow their curiosity, ask new questions, and to break new ground in their research.

The selection process involves a rigorous external review, emphasizing not only individual quality but also the importance of fostering a diverse range of viewpoints and the will to work together as a group and contribute to one another’s research.

Our vibrant fellows community of 2024 – 2025 consists of more than fifty fellows from a wide array of humanities and social science disciplines and from all over the globe. As part of our Safe Haven Fellowship Program  (recently extended to the whole world), NIAS will host four scholars from Ukraine and two additional scholars at risk from Gaza, who are still in the selection process and will be announced shortly. Safe Haven Fellow Roman Nekoliak will try to answer the question to what extent documenting conflict-related crimes in Ukraine and advocating for accountability in such cases, produces results that comply with international law standards.

Harvard sociology professor Michèle Lamont plans to dig deeper into her research on notions of worthiness. She will work on her book on “Being Unseen” analysing claims for political recognition by “invisible” US and UK working class youth; environmental recognition by two indigenous groups in Oceania and Canada; and recognition at work for high tech creators in videogames and other fields.

The new NIAS-NIOD-KITLV fellowship “Moving objects, Mobilising Culture” enables four researchers and heritage practitioners from formerly colonised countries to access and conduct research on objects – whether defined as cultural, historical, ancestral, art or otherwise – which are currently (lost) in the Netherlands, as well as on related archives and documentation.

List of Fellows 2024/25 and their projects 


NIAS Theme Group | Early Dutch commerce and indigenous landscapes

  • Steve Mrozowski – Situating Sylvester Manor in the Dutch colonial world
  • Tiina Äikäs – Decolonizing indigenous landscapes in the North
  • Jonas Monié Nordin – The Dutch in the North: decolonizing Sámi-Dutch relations of the seventeenth century
  • James Symonds – New worlds & new commodities: transformations of everyday life in 17th & 18th century Dutch Republic