Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study

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NIAS in Wassenaar, 2013

The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) in Wassenaar, the Netherlands, is an independent research institute in the field of the humanities and social and behavioural sciences founded in 1970. The Institute offers advanced research facility for international scholars of all of the humanities.[1] It is a member of Some Institutes for Advanced Study (SIAS) and the Network of European Institutes for Advanced Studies (NetIAS).


The idea for NIAS was initiated by Dutch linguist E.M. Uhlenbeck in the late 1960s. It was inspired on the concept of the Institute for Advanced Study of Princeton and Stanford.[2][3] The institute was founded with the support of all Dutch universities, the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) in 1970 and welcomed their first fellows in 1971. Since 1988 it has operated under the direction and auspices of the KNAW.

From 1995 until 2002 Henk Wesseling has been Rector of the Institute. He was succeeded by Wim Blockmans in 2002. From 2010 to 2013 the rector was Professor Aafke Hulk.[4] In 2013 Paul Emmelkamp was appointed as rector. KNAW asked him to implement plans to move NIAS to Amsterdam.


Each year NIAS welcomes around fifty fellows who stay at the institute for five to ten months. Half of the fellows are Dutch, the other half foreign. Fellows are prominent researchers and senior scholars with a PhD and who have made an important contribution in their fields. Applications for most fellowships at NIAS are open to qualified candidates. All fellowships are awarded by the scholarship committee. In addition to regular fellowships, NIAS also hosts some special fellowship programmes, some of which are by invitation only.

Fellows include and have included: David E. Apter, Tito Boeri, Gerrit Broekstra, Jaap R. Bruijn, Arif Dirlik, Edgar L. Feige, Lewis Goldberg, Richard Goldstone, Bernd Heine, Martin Hellwig, Henkjan Honing, Fred Inglis, Lisa Jardine, Bruce Kapferer, Ronald Kaplan, Frits van Oostrom, Benjamin Radcliff, Bruce Russett, Hein Schreuder, Alex Verrijn Stuart, Henk Wesseling, Robert S. Wistrich, John Woods, Nasr Abu Zayd, and Gerard de Zeeuw.


  1. ^ Nias Mission Statement at Accessed November 25, 2013
  2. ^ Forum der letteren (1976) Research Policy in the Humanities of the Netherlands. p. 17
  3. ^ Neil J. Smelser, Paul B. Baltes (2001) International encyclopedia of the social and behavioral sciences. p. 1615
  4. ^ UvA-hoogleraar Aafke Hulk benoemd tot directeur NIAS-KNAW Publication June 4, 2010. Accessed Sept 14, 2010.

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