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Open Call for NIAS Fellowships 2025 - 2026

Open: Call for NIAS Fellowships

The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS-KNAW) has opened its annual call for fellowship applications. This is a great opportunity for scholars who want to carry out curiosity-driven research and be part of the interdisciplinary NIAS community in Amsterdam.

In good company

As a fellow at NIAS, you are in good company. Previously, David Van Reybrouck did research here for his award-winning book Congo, Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi worked here on her fourth book The first woman. The Nobel Prize winner Olga Tokarczuk was writer-in-residence at NIAS, We are expecting Michèle Lamont (winner of the Erasmus Prize) next semester and currently Eveline Crone is investigating the emergence of curiosity during adolescence at NIAS.

A room of one's own

The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS), is the third oldest institution of its kind in the world (after the Princeton and Stanford institutes), and is committed to promoting interdisciplinary and curiosity-driven research for established and early career scholars. It is an intellectual haven where scholars, artists, writers and journalists come together in an interdisciplinary and collaborative environment.

A NIAS fellowship offers time and space to work on one’s research project, as well as the chance to become part of a diverse community where one can challenge boundaries, explore detours and obtain new perspectives. Annually, around fifty fellows are selected.

NIAS Fellowships are as diverse as their fellows

In addition to the NIAS individual and group fellowships, NIAS offers fellowships together with partners, our so-called sponsored fellowships. Use the links below to learn more about (and to apply for) our Supported Individual Fellowships:

Formal requirements

We welcome (groups of) applicants from around the globe who wish to work on a project of their own choice that fits within the scope of humanities or social sciences. Fellowships are awarded for a period of 5 or 10 months. Applicants have at least three years of post-PhD degree academic experience. Both scholars with or without an affiliation at universities/research institutes can apply. Applications must be submitted before 18 March 2024 (noon).

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Open office hours

Do you have limited experience in international academia or limited institutional support, and feel you could use some additional guidance in navigating our application procedure? For those considering to apply for an Individual NIAS Fellowship in the open call, we organise two open office hours. During this online meeting we will inform you about what a NIAS-fellowship entails, and will try to answer any questions you would have regarding the procedure. The open office hours are on:

  • Wednesday, February 28, from 4 – 5 PM
  • Thursday, February 29, from 9 – 10 AM

If you’d like to join, please inform us by sending an email to selection@nias.knaw.nl. Indicate your preferred date and time (Wednesday, February 28, from 4 – 5 PM or Thursday, February 29, from 9 – 10 AM). You will then be sent a link for the meeting.

Please check this NIAS webpage for background information about fellowships before the open office hours.

Attendance is free.