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The Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) of the University of Amsterdam (UvA) offers 10 outstanding students the opportunity to join the IAS research community. You will get a place to work on your final thesis in a stimulating environment alongside renowned researchers and talented early-career scholars. The best and most original thesis will be awarded with a prize: 500 euro in cash and the opportunity to present your research at an international conference.


Do you have an inquisitive and creative mind?
Are you eager to work on major challenges in science and society?
Will you start writing your master’s thesis in January 2019?
Then this might be your call…

We live in a world where everything seems to be interwoven with everything else, and where cause and effect are hard to unravel. Climate change, global health and financial stability are just some examples of pressing problems that require new ways of thinking and an interdisciplinary approach.

At the IAS, researchers from a wide range of disciplines work together on complex scientific and societal challenges. What they all have in common is curiosity, creativity and an enormous drive to delve into major questions. In their pursuit of new knowledge and solutions they are not afraid to colour outside the lines.

This is your opportunity to become part of this collaborative research community!


Candidates should be enrolled full-time at the UvA in a master’s programme. The selection is based on academic excellence, motivation, personal skills and thesis topic.

In order to be eligible for this opportunity, your thesis should be focussed on a challenging scientific question that is studied from an interdisciplinary, complexity perspective. If you don’t have a thesis topic yet, you can have a look at the IAS website for inspiration.


Thesis writing: January-July 2019

Application procedure 

You can apply by sending:

  • a description of your thesis topic (max. 500 words)
  • a motivation letter (max. 300 words)
    • why do you want to become part of the IAS community? 
    • why should we select you?
  • Your CV and grades transcript.

to the following e-mail address: ias -at-

Application deadline: 1 December 2018 (12:00 CET)

A pre-selection of candidates will be invited for interviews with a selection committee.