Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences

NIAS

Who we are

An intellectual haven for international researchers, writers, journalists and artists to pursue curiosity-driven projects.

The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences is an intellectual haven for international researchers, writers, journalists and artists to pursue their research or projects, to work in an interdisciplinary environment and to share their knowledge with society.

It offers a diverse year-group of about 60 NIAS Fellows the opportunity to devote themselves to an independent research project. NIAS is the oldest Institute for Advanced Study in Europe whose founding mission is to foster curiosity- driven research. It is an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and is located in Amsterdam.

NIAS is an excellent institute. It is a service orientated and welcoming place for reflection, imagination, a haven for intellectual retreat that offers a break from everyday routine to make room for creativity and inspiration, and thus for better research

— External Review Committee (2018)

Our office

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Our fellowships

NIAS offers individual, theme-group and co-sponsored fellowships to scholars, writers, journalists and artists to work on a curiosity-driven project in an interdisciplinary environment. For five or ten months, they receive the time and space to work on a topic of their own choice. NIAS individual fellowships are for scholars who wish to carry out advanced research in the humanities and the social sciences. Both scholars based in the Netherlands and scholars from abroad can apply for an individual fellowship, as long as they have at least 3 years of post-Ph.D. degree academic experience. Theme-group fellowships are for scholars of different backgrounds who wish to collaborate on a particular subject or theme. NIAS also cooperates with co-sponsoring partners to offer fellowships that reach specific disciplines or goals.

What we offer

  • NIAS offers you time and space to advance your research and projects
  • Its international and interdisciplinary environment inspires the generation of new approaches and ideas that will bring ground-breaking academic work to fruition
  • A personal office located in a 17th-century historical building in the heart of the old city centre of Amsterdam, with subsidized accommodation for fellows from abroad
  • Weekly academic seminars, shared lunch and regular social activities to stimulate intellectual exchange and collaborative learning
  • Researchers who work at Dutch universities or institutes can apply for a replacement subsidy and researchers who work and live abroad and stand to lose income because of the fellowship can apply for a stipend

The sense of community that emerged at NIAS was warm, inclusive, energetic, and at times convivial in keeping with the best of the Dutch tradition.

— Fellow 2019/20

Our management

Prof.Dr. Jan Willem Duyvendak

Prof.Dr. Jan Willem Duyvendak

Title
Director NIAS and Professor of Sociology

Dr. Fenneke Wekker

Dr. Fenneke Wekker

Title
Head of Academic Affairs

NIAS made me expand my universe, not only in the full colour of interdisciplinarity, but also with the warmth of real support to keep out the usual distractions of academic life and find the time to read, think, debate and write.

— Fellow 2019/20