Call for Applications: Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study-Lorentz Center Theme Group

March 1, 2018


Researchers with at least five years of postdoctoral research experience can initiate and coordinate a NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group. The coordinator must be affiliated with a Dutch research institution although international researchers may serve as co-coordinates. The coordinator is the formal applicant and puts forward the other members, who can be from the Netherlands or abroad.


NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group Pre-Proposals are due March 1, 2018. Applications invited for full proposals are due May 15, 2018.


The Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study (NIAS) and the Lorentz Center will be accepting pre-proposal applications for NIAS-Lorentz Theme Groups. The NIAS-Lorentz Program promotes innovative interdisciplinary research that brings together perspectives from the social sciences and humanities on the one hand and the natural and technological sciences on the other. This program gives special attention to topics of societal importance that require extensive collaboration across traditional scientific boundaries in order to progress.

Groups must have either three or five members, all of which will be awarded NIAS fellowships, providing them the opportunity to work as a team and engage in intensive interdisciplinary collaboration that is often difficult in a regular academic setting. The group will conduct research that bridges the divide between the humanities/social sciences and the natural/technological sciences. NIAS-Lorentz Theme Groups are particularly intended to benefit early/mid-career researchers.

The NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group includes: (1) a group of either three persons for five consecutive months or five persons for three consecutive months, (2) study and daily travel expenses or, if from abroad, accommodation, (3) international members will receive a stipend based on scientific seniority. Members from a Dutch university are eligible for a teaching or management replacement subsidy, and (4) a workshop at the Lorentz Center on the group’s topic with full organizational support and a budget of € 10,000.


Proposals should be submitted to [email protected] with the coordinator's name and “NLTG” in the subject line. Coordinators will be informed on the outcome of the review and selection in September 2018.

Please contact Esther van Duuren ([email protected]) or Petry Kievit Tyson ([email protected]) with any questions.

Please visit the NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group webpage for more information.