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Talent development

We are committed to investing in the training and development of the next generation of interdisciplinary researchers. Here you can read how talented Master's students and early-career scholars can join the IAS research community.

Do you have an inquisitive, creative mind and an enormous drive to work on the big challenges that mankind faces in science and society?

Thesis projects

We offer 10 outstanding Master’s students the opportunity to write their final thesis at the institute. You will work alongside renowned researchers and highly talented early-career scholars. The best and most original thesis will be awarded with a prize.

Candidates should be enrolled full-time in a master’s programme at the UvA. 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/societal challenge that is studied from an interdisciplinary, complexity perspective.

Call for 2nd semester 2018/2019 (open till 1 Nov 2018).

Student assistantships

We occasionally have positions for student assistants at the IAS, mostly within the framework of IAS research themes. Click here to read the short interview with student assistant Jonathan Jeroen Beekman.


Are you interested in complexity science? Consider following this IIS course: Complexity: can it be simplified?

Early-career researchers

Are you an early-career researcher and considering to prepare an interdisciplinary research proposal (e.g. NWO Research Talent, NWO Veni, ERC Starting grant)? And do you believe that your chance of success will increase when you work on your grant application in an environment with other researchers that share system dynamics (and specifically complex systems methodology) as their common language? Contact us to see whether the IAS could play a role in your plans! Besides a work space, you can get some (financial) support, for instance to organise a workshop.

To be eligible for talent development support you should have a supervisor at the University of Amsterdam.