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NIAS Fellows Year Group 2020/21

The NIAS fellows year group 2020/21 includes 52 scholars from over thirty disciplines and art practitioners. They come together at NIAS to pursue their curiosity-driven project in an interdisciplinary and collaborative environment.

Applicants go through a rigorous and independent selection procedure where not only are they evaluated on merit and excellence but also on how innovative the research is within their own careers.  The fellows are offered workshops and weekly seminars where they present and discuss their work in progress for critical feedback. NIAS hopes to welcome all the fellows in person and has rearranged its living and working spaces in accordance with social distancing guidelines.

List of Fellows 2020/21


NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group “Accountability in Medical Autonomous Expert Systems: Ethical and Epistemological Challenges for Explainable AI


NIAS Theme Group “Legal Mobilization:Analyzing Law-Based Advocacy

In April 2021, NIAS will host another theme group, in cooperation with the NIOD, Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies.


The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS-KNAW) is committed to promoting curiosity-driven research. NIAS-KNAW offers temporary fellowships to renowned academics, journalists, writers and artists, who come together in a collaborative environment. Founded in 1971, it is the oldest independent Institute for Advanced Study in Europe.