A number of things you should know before applying.
If your project is selected you will receive a preliminary offer by email. If you accept NIAS’ offer, all the terms will be confirmed in a Fellows Agreement contract, which will be sent to you to sign.
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.
Travel expenses for arrival & departure
Fellows from abroad who have been granted accommodation are entitled to one economy class return ticket to and from Amsterdam including standard luggage allowance. The cost of excess baggage and travel insurance will not be reimbursed. If the return journey is made by car, €0.19 per kilometre can be declared. Parking costs incurred during the fellowship are not reimbursed. 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, including standard luggage allowance. The cost of excess baggage or travel insurance will not reimbursed. If the return journey is made by car, €0.19 per kilometre can be declared. 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 either the cost of second-class return journey or a kilometre allowance of €0.19 per kilometre. Parking costs incurred during the fellowship are not reimbursed.
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 senior fellows (10 years or more post-Ph.D. research experience) and up to €2,600 maximum per month for junior fellows (post-Ph.D. research experience between 3 and 10 years). The grant is intended as a replacement subsidy to cover the hours of teaching as declared in the fellows’ employment contract. For example, a junior applicant with a 0.6-FTE teaching duty can apply for a replacement subsidy of €1,560 per month (0.6 multiplied by €2,600). Payment of the replacement subsidy will be made directly to the university or research institution. Research hours are not compensated.
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 senior fellows (10 years or more post-PhD research experience on the date of application) and €2,600 for junior fellows (post-PhD research experience less than 10 years on the date of application). Fellows who think they may need to apply for a stipend to supplement their income should state this in the online application. In some cases, an agreement can be made with the university or research institute where the fellow works, to provide a replacement grant instead of a stipend (to cover teaching obligations).
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 senior fellows (10 years or more post-PhD research experience on the date of application) and €2,600 for junior fellows (post-Ph.D. research experience between 3 and 10 years on the date of application). 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.
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. Subsequently, NIAS is not obligated to make social-insurance contributions or to contribute to a pension or unemployment 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.
The fellow is expected to be present at least four days a week at NIAS and actively participate in seminars and other academic activities organised by NIAS as well as social activities. The rules of the institute state that a fellow is free to attend conferences and other events, and take leave, but their absence from the institute must not exceed a total of two weeks (including holidays) during a full-year period (one week for one semester). Not adhering to these rules can have financial consequences for either the fellow or the institute. For longer periods of absence per semester, prior written permission from the NIAS director is required.
Please note that conditions might change in the circumstance of a pandemic. For the latest information on NIAS and Covid-19 see here.