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Talent development and courses

Here you can read how we involve talented Master's students and early-career researchers in our activities. And you will find information on some of the courses that we are involved in.

IAS for Master's students

Research assistants

We occasionally have positions for student assistants at the IAS (paid), mostly as part of our research themes. Alternatively, students can be involved as part of their own curriculum (ECTS), for example: thesis projects or interships.  

Click here to read a short interview with Jonathan Jeroen Beekman who worked at the IAS as student assistant.

Call for excellence : IAS thesis prize

Yearly we offer 7-10 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.

IAS for early-career researchers

Are you an early-career researcher and considering to prepare an interdisciplinary research proposal (e.g. 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 study complex challenges from a system's perspective?

Contact us to discuss whether we 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.


The course Complexity: can it be simplified? is a joint effort by the IAS and the Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies (IIS).

Executive Training

We host and contribute to the 3-day introduction session of the Complexity and Leadership Course by Comenius. In the second part of the course the participants travel to the Centre for Complex Systems in Transitions at the Stellenbosch University, South Africa.