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Fellowship programme

Apply for a fellowship to join our collaborative research community! We offer you an inspiring setting and various kinds of support to work on an interdisciplinary challenge together with other research fellows and IAS-affiliated researchers.

Fellowships for external researchers

We regularly welcome researchers from the Netherlands and around the world as visiting fellows. The practical arrangements of the fellowship will be tailored to your personal situation.

Country of residence Minimum duration Maximum duration
Netherlands two months (fulltime) one year (part-time)
EU two months* six months
Non-EU two months* three months

* Shorter stays for qualified researchers can be proposed by IAS-affiliated researchers.

Please note that visiting fellows enjoy guest status; they are not employed by the IAS. Applicants must have an employment contract at another university or research institute during the period of the fellowship.

Fellowships for UvA researchers

If you work at the UvA, you can join the IAS as a research fellow. In case of a part-time fellowship you are expected to spend two days per week at the IAS. It's organised as an in-kind arrangement with your department. To become a full-time research fellow, you will have to take sabbatical leave for the duration of your fellowship.

Benefits of a fellowship

As an IAS fellow, you can take advantage of the following:

  • a ‘home base’ at the IAS: flexible work space, use of facilities;
  • an inspiring environment where we bring together bright and creative minds;
  • networking support;
  • organisational support for events such as academic discussions, lectures and think tanks;
  • seed funding for small-scale research or development activities.

If you come from outside the UvA, you’ll also receive:

  • a needs-based full or partial compensation for your expenses (travel, accommodation, etc.);
  • access to a ‘buddy’ (an UvA researcher who will help you with all your questions, and to connect with other researchers).

What we expect from you

If your fellowship application is granted, we expect you to:

  • be present at the IAS on a full-time or part-time basis;
  • participate in IAS activities (social and scientific);
  • actively engage with UvA researchers and students;
  • acknowledge IAS in any publications resulting from the fellowship;
  • write a short report on your activities and achievements within 2 months after the end of the fellowship.

During your fellowship we support you to:

  • work on a joint article or another type of scientific output together with at least one UvA researcher;
  • organise (at least) one lecture or other event (e.g. think tank, academic discussion).

What fellows say about the fellowship

Are you curious about research fellows' experiences at the IAS? Read the interview UvA research fellows here.

Fellowship selection criteria

In deciding whether to award a fellowship, we consider the following:

  • What is your perspective on interdisciplinary research collaboration? Do you have proven experience with mixed methods?
  • Does your proposal demonstrate creative, original, out-of-the box thinking?
  • Your academic track record, taking into account your career stage. A PhD degree is a minimum requirement.

The number of available fellowships is limited. In the selection process we will consider how your profile and proposal fit with the other research activities and fellows at the IAS.

Apply for a fellowship

You can apply for a fellowship within the framework of our research themes, or feel free to submit something different. Joint applications from small teams of researchers are especially welcome!

Submit a completed application form, together with your CV and a letter of support from your employer. Applications are accepted year-round. The selection committee consists of the Scientific Director, our Board of Associates (which convenes 5 times per year), and (if applicable) the relevant theme leader.

Download the application form (Word)