Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study

Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study

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 humanities.[1]



The idea for NIAS was initiated by Dutch linguist E.M. Uhlenbeck (1913-2003) in the late 1960s. It was inspired on the concept of the Institute for Advanced Study of Princeton and Stanford. 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 2002 until 2010 Wim Blockmans has been Rector of the Institute. Since August 2010 the new Rector is Professor Aafke Hulk.[2] NIAS is a member of Some Institutes for Advanced Study (SIAS) and the Network of European Institutes for Advanced Studies (NetIAS).


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 schorlaship 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, Lewis Goldberg, Richard Goldstone, Bernd Heine, Martin Hellwig, Fred Inglis, Lisa Jardine, Bruce Kapferer, Ronald Kaplan, Frits van Oostrom, Benjamin Radcliff, Bruce Russett, Alex Verrijn Stuart, Henk Wesseling, Robert S. Wistrich, John Woods, Nasr Abu Zayd, and Gerard de Zeeuw.


  1. ^ Mission Statement at
  2. ^ UvA-hoogleraar Aafke Hulk benoemd tot directeur NIAS-KNAW Publication June 4, 2010. Accessed Sept 14, 2010.

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