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Open Now: Call for Fellowship Applications

The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS-KNAW) has opened its annual call for fellowship applications. This is an opportunity for those who wish to spend a period of time during the academic year 2021/22 to conduct curiosity-driven research as a member of the interdisciplinary NIAS community in Amsterdam.


NIAS-KNAW offers temporary fellowships for scholars in the humanities and social sciences. The institute is a freehaven for independent thinking, stimulating curiosity-driven advanced research in an international and constructive environment. It provides researchers with an opportunity to spend time away from the everyday demands and constraints of the university system and fully focus on their research project. Each year, a new academic group is formed, consisting of sixty fellows – researchers, writers, artists and journalists – from the Netherlands and abroad.

NIAS Individual Fellowships

An individual fellowship is for scholars from the humanities or social sciences who wish to work on a project of their own choice for 5 or 10 months. Applicants have at least three years of post-PhD degree academic experience.

Deadline NIAS Individual Fellowships: 16 March 2020

Urban Citizen Fellowship

Together with the Municipality of Amsterdam the Urban Citizen Fellowship is set up to stimulate the use of advanced research in political deliberation and public policy making for the city of Amsterdam. For researchers in the field of urban sociology, political science, economics or law.

Deadline Urban Citizen Fellowship: 16 March 2020 (note: this is for fellowships in the academic year 2020/21)


For scholars from Dutch universities and research institutes who would like to work on a topic related to labor markets in the future.

Deadline NSvP Fellowship: 16 March 2020

Golestan Fellowship

The Golestan Fellowship is for non-Dutch researchers from the medical or biological sciences.

Deadline Golestan Fellowship: 16 March 2020

Van Doorn Fellowship

The Van Doorn fellowship stimulates sociological research that critically analyses societal issues and is awarded to a leading social scientist with very broad theoretical and empirical experience in the field of societal issues and the analysis of policy and administration. It is a collaboration between NIAS and the Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences | Department Public Administration and Sociology at the Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Deadline for nomination Van Doorn Fellowship and Chair: 16 March 2020


The Writer-in-Residence programme offers fiction and non-fiction writers from the Netherlands and abroad an opportunity to work for an extended period within an international academic community. It is a collaboration between NIAS and the Dutch Foundation for Literature (Nederlands Letterenfonds).

Deadline for nomination Writer-in-Residence: 16 March 2020


The Journalist-in-Residence Fellowship is for established journalists with a keen interest in scholarly research who need an extended period time to focus on a longer piece of journalistic writing. In cooperation with the Fonds Bijzondere Journalistieke Projecten.

Deadline Journalist-in-residence: 27 April 2020