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Practical Matters

A number of things you should know before applying.

Accommodation

NIAS offers accommodation on top locations against subsidized rates. Fellows from abroad can apply for studio accommodation in the NIAS Fellows House. These studios are located next to the Royal Academy’s Trippenhuis Building at the Kloveniersburgwal. They are for fellows who come alone or with their partner and the subsidized rate for studio accommodation is €1125 per month. Fellows from the Netherlands who live more than 1.5-hour’s journey from a station in Amsterdam by public transport can apply for accommodation, subject to availability.

Family apartments in the Amsterdam area are available for fellows from abroad who need to bring their children and/or partner. These furnished two-bedroom apartments are located at the Stadionplein area in Amsterdam-Zuid. For fellows from abroad the subsidized rate for apartments is between €1100 and €1250 per month, which is deducted from their stipend.

Please note: domestic animals are not allowed in the offices, studios or family apartments.

More detailed information about accommodation.

Travel expenses for arrival & departure

NIAS is committed to reducing the environmental impact of international travel and therefore has a reimbursement scheme in place that favours train travel and public transport. Fellows from abroad who have been granted accommodation are entitled to one economy class return ticket to and from Amsterdam including standard luggage allowance. For fellows from outside of Europe, flight reimbursements are up to maximum of € 0,10 per km, and max € 0,19 per km for travelling to and from the airport. The cost of excess baggage and travel insurance will not be reimbursed. For Fellows from Europe, living more than 500 km from Amsterdam, flight reimbursements are up to a maximum of € 0,20 per km, and max € 0,19 per km for travelling to and from the airport. NIAS wants to encourage train travel because of its reduced environmental impact, and therefore does not reimburse air travel costs for fellows living less than 500 km from Amsterdam. These fellows receive a reimbursement of max € 0,25 per km for a train ticket, and max € 0,19 per km for travelling to and from the train station. Family members’ travel costs are not reimbursed.

Fellows living in the Netherlands who have been granted accommodation (see above) are also entitled to one 2nd class return ticket by public transport from their home-town to NIAS Amsterdam. Parking costs incurred during the fellowship are not reimbursed. Family members’ travel costs are not reimbursed.

Fellows from the Netherlands who live less than 1.5-hours’ journey by public transport to Amsterdam Central are expected to commute to NIAS and receive travel expenses to cover the cost of second-class return journey.

Grants

Please note that the arrangements described below might vary for co-sponsored fellowships. Please go to each specific co-sponsored fellowship page for details.

Fellows with a Dutch affiliation – Replacement grants

Fellows from a Dutch university can apply for financial compensation to cover (part of) the costs to replace their teaching obligations. Teaching replacement grants can be up to

  • €3,800 per month for fellows with 20 years or more post-Ph.D. research experience
  • €3,400 per month for fellows with 10 to 19 years post-Ph.D. research experience
  • €3,000 per month for fellows with 3 to 9 years post-Ph.D. research experience

 

The grant is intended as a replacement subsidy to cover part of the hours of teaching as declared in the fellows’ employment contract. For example, an early careerr applicant with a 0.6-FTE teaching duty can apply for a replacement grant of €1,800 per month (0.6 multiplied by €3,000). Payment of the replacement subsidy will be made directly to the university or research institution. Research hours are not compensated. Please note that financial funding by NIAS usually does not add up to a full salary of one’s replacement. Fellowships are therefore generally supported by the applicant’s own faculty or institute.

Fellows with a non-Dutch affiliation – Stipend

NIAS offers stipends to researchers who work and live abroad if they stand to lose income because their home institution will not pay their full salary for the duration of their fellowship at NIAS. In such cases, a monthly stipend may be offered to make up the proven loss of income up to a maximum of €3,800 for late career fellows.

  • Max. €3,800 per month for fellows with 20 years or more post-Ph.D. research experience
  • Max. €3,400 per month for fellows with 10 to 19 years post-Ph.D. research experience
  • Max. €3,000 per month for fellows with 3 to 9 years post-Ph.D. research experience

 

Fellows who think they may need to apply for a stipend to supplement their income should state this in the online application.  Please note that a NIAS stipend only supplements one’s income and does not necessarily add up to a full salary. Fellowships are therefore generally supported by the applicant’s own faculty or other sources of income.

Fellows who are registered for tax-purposes as a self-employed independent researcher – Stipend

For registered independent researchers from the Netherlands and abroad (in Dutch ZZP), NIAS may offer a monthly stipend  to make up the proven loss of income up of to a maximum of €3,800 for late career fellows (see the paragraph above for the right amounts based on years of experience). Fellows who think they may need to apply for a stipend to supplement their income should state this in the online application.

Applicants are sent a Preliminary Offer by email. If the applicant accepts the offer, all the terms will be incorporated into the official Fellows Agreement, a contract which is sent to applicants to sign before the fellowship.

Please note that NIAS does not provide fellowships for training programs or educational purposes. Nor does it offer courses, or financial support to conduct research elsewhere.

Legal status and insurance

A NIAS fellowship does not constitute an employment relationship. During the fellowship, the fellow is and remains an employee of his or her own university or research institute, or self-employed. Subsequently, NIAS is not obligated to make social-insurance contributions or to contribute to a pension or unemployment insurance.

Health insurance

All researchers from abroad are responsible for arranging their own healthcare and liability insurance with adequate cover for the whole period of stay in the Netherlands. Non-residents who are not employed in the Netherlands will not be able to make any claims regarding the Dutch social security system.

Presence

Participating in an engaged, interdisciplinary community is an essential part of a NIAS Fellowship. Therefore, it is important to be free of (research) commitments that result in prolonged or frequent absences from NIAS. The fellow is expected to be present at least four days a week at NIAS and actively participate in twice-weekly seminars and other academic activities as well as social activities. The fellowship agreement states that a fellow is free to attend conferences and other events, and take leave, but their absence from the institute must be approved by the NIAS Director first. Not adhering to these rules can have financial consequences for either the fellow or the institute.

Please note that conditions might change in the circumstance of a pandemic. For the latest information on NIAS and Covid-19 see here.