International Institute for Asian Studies Fellowship in Social sciences and Humanities for Graduates Worldwide

IIAS Fellowship

Course(s) Offered: Social sciences, Humanities
Course Level: Postgraduate (Fellowship)
Provider: IIAS
Country to Study in: The Netherlands

Scholarship Description
The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) invite applications for the IIAS Fellowship from outstanding researchers from any country across the globe.

The IIAS Fellowship position is intended for visiting, excellent scholars from around the world to work on an individual piece of research at IIAS. A limited number of research grants are available for these positions.

IIAS distinguishes between 'Research fellows', and 'Affiliated fellows'. While research fellows are researchers attached to one of IIAS’s research programmes, affiliated fellows spend a limited period at IIAS to work on their own research project. This call for application is for a position as affiliated fellow under the IIAS Fellowship at IIAS.

The position of affiliated fellow under the IIAS Fellowship is intended for outstanding researchers from around the world, to work on an important aspect of Asian studies research in the social sciences and humanities.

Interdisciplinary interests are encouraged.

IIAS also welcome researchers who would like to work on a collaborative grant proposal or develop their PhD thesis into a book publication.

Important terms and conditions:
Applicants must have fulfilled all requirements of the PhD.

If you are a PhD candidate at the time of application, you may also apply, provided that you graduate within 5 months after the application deadline (i.e. before 1 July). A letter from your university will be required to confirm your graduation before your proposed starting date.

Eligible groups
Citizens of ALL countries across the world

Participating Institutions
The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Rapenburg, Leiden, The Netherlands

Fields of study
The Research focus is as below:
IIAS is particularly looking for researchers focusing on the three IIAS clusters 'Asian Cities', 'Asian Heritages' and 'Global Asia'. However some positions will be reserved for outstanding projects in any area outside of those listed.

Applications that link to more than one field are also welcome.

Number of awards
Not specified - a limited number of research grants are available for these positions.

Sponsorship duration
If you are applying for a grant from IIAS to cover your research period in the Netherlands, the fellowship will be tenable for a maximum period of 10 months.

Scholarship benefits
If IIAS decides to sponsor your research by awarding a grant, you will receive:
  • A monthly grant of €2000 to cover the costs of housing, visa and health insurance;
  • Office facilities and access to the Leiden University Libraries;
  • A one-time grant of (max) €1000 towards the costs of (international) travel.
Related terms and conditions:
Support for research (office facilities, library access, networks, etc.) will be provided.

Affiliated fellows under the IIAS Fellowship are expected to participate in IIAS events, including the fellow seminars, monthly lunch lectures, and drinks.

Method of Application
Interested applicants are invited to email or post their applications, consisting of:
  1. Application form (Word).
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. A minimum of two letters of reference.
    Please ensure that a minimum of two letters of reference is sent to us in confidence via email or post, commenting on your academic qualities and the value of your research project by the appropriate deadline.
  4. List of publications
On the application form, you will be asked to indicate to which cluster your proposed research relates, or to choose the "open category". Please see 'Fields of study' above.

  • If you are sending your application via email you will receive a reply acknowledging receipt of your email/application;
  • Please send your application only once. If you have already sent in your application via email, kindly do not send the same application via post (and vice versa);
  • Emails larger than 10MB are rejected by the email system. Please keep your email and attachments below 10MB by zipping any large files.
Address for submission of applications, reference letters and/or queries:
(1) Email:


(2) Fellowship Programme
c/o Ms. Sandra van der Horst
International Institute for Asian Studies
Rapenburg 59
2311 GJ Leiden
The Netherlands

The application deadline is 1st February of each year

IIAS is a research institute based in the Netherlands. It encourages the multidisciplinary and comparative study of Asia and, acting as a national, European and global mediator, actively promotes national and international cooperation. IIAS facilitates fellowships and research, and organises workshops, conferences, as well as public lectures.

Application Deadline: 1 February 2017
Open to International Applicants: Yes

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