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About NIAS

The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS-KNAW) offers residential fellowships of three, five or ten months to individuals and groups of researchers. It provides a place to think, study and write, and the opportunity to interact with colleagues from around the world.

Mission Statement

NIAS's goal is to stimulate advanced research and scientific innovation, with a focus on humanities and social sciences. NIAS strives to connect disciplines and to revitalise the links between sciences and arts. Our goal is to attract excellent scholars and offer them the space and time to reflect and interact and so NIAS can facilitate new research paths and encourage lasting cooperation.

NIAS achieves its mission by offering fellowships to selected researchers for 5 or 10 months to work on a specific project either as individuals or as part of a research theme group (see more about fellowships here).


Some fellowships are financed solely by NIAS while others are co-sponsored in partnership with research organisations, foundations or other institutions (see more about NIAS partnerships here).
NIAS is a member of two international networks with sister Institutes for Advanced Study, including Berlin, Uppsala, Princeton and Harvard.

Policy and governance

The NIAS Rector determines institute policy together with the Head of Academic Affairs in consultation with the Scholarship Committee and the Board of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). The staff at NIAS support and facilitate the research carried out by the Fellows.


NIAS has an alumni community of over two thousand scholars. The institute keeps in contact with alumni through the NIAS Fellows Association (NFA), the annual NFA Day, and the Newsletter.

History of the Institute

The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) was initiated by Professor E.M. Uhlenbeck with the aim of fostering advanced research in the humanities and social sciences and stimulating interdisciplinary scholarly co-operation in an international setting. The Institute was founded in November 1970 in cooperation with the universities of the Netherlands following approval by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. Read more...

NIAS became an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in 1988. In 2016, the institute moved to the St. Jorishof in Amsterdam, close to the KNAW and the KNAW Humanities Cluster.

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