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NIAS Individual Fellowships are awarded to senior scholars to carry out advanced research in the humanities and the social sciences. Fellows have at least three years of post-PhD degree academic experience and have already made a considerable contribution to their field.
NIAS Fellowships are funded directly by NIAS through the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW).
Fellowships are by application only and suit scholars from the Netherlands or scholars from abroad who wish to work on an individual project for one semester (September - January or February - June) or two semesters (September - June) at the Institute.
For more information on stipends and replacement subsidies and an overview of all the facilities offered to a NIAS Fellow see "What NIAS Offers".
Please take into account that Fellows are expected to participate actively in academic and social events, and be present at the institute on a daily basis.
NIAS only offers a limited number of NIAS Fellowships each year and the competition is fierce (about 10% of all applications succeed). Please note that applications by former NIAS Fellows and scholars at the end of their career will be given low priority.
NIAS does not provide fellowships for training programmes or educational purposes. Nor does it offer courses, or financial support to conduct research elsewhere.
Applications are evaluated on the basis of originality, quality and relevance of the project proposal. Scholarly achievements, grants, awards and publication record are also taken into consideration in the selection process.
All correctly submitted applications are screened for eligibility by the rector and the head of academic affairs. Only applications with a reasonable chance of success will, subsequently, be sent to external independent reviewers. Applicants who do not have a feasible chance of success are notified by email that NIAS does not intend sending their application to external reviewers for evaluation. Applicants can object to this decision by email. On the basis of the arguments given by the applicant, NIAS will decide whether or not to reconsider.
NIAS identifies high and low quality applications with the help of the external reviewers’ reports. The final decision on which applicants to invite for a NIAS Fellowship is made by the rector. The aim is to form a diverse but coherent research group that consists of fellows from different disciplinary backgrounds, seniority, gender and geographical origin.
For questions regarding NIAS Individual Fellowships please contact NIAS' Head of Academic Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org or (0)20 224 67 03).
See “How to Apply” for the application guidelines and forms.
For all NIAS year groups see here
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