2023-2024 NIAS-Lorentz Program calls for coordinators for the NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group (NLTG)

Deadline: 1 September 2022.

2023-2024 NIAS-Lorentz Program calls for coordinators for the NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group (NLTG)

The 2023/2024 NIAS-Lorentz Program calls for coordinators for the NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group (NLTG) is now open for all qualified persons to apply before the deadline date (1 September 2022). A NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group (NLTG) is an international group of three researchers including the coordinator. All NLTG members hold fellowships at NIAS, providing them the opportunity to work as a team and engage in the kind of intensive interdisciplinary collaboration that is often difficult to realize in a regular academic setting.

The Program specifically work as a group on cutting-edge research that bridges the divide between the humanities and/or social sciences and the natural and/or technological sciences. This can lead to concrete outcomes such as an edited volume, a scientific paper or a project proposal for external funding (e.g. ERC). Being part of an NLTG is particularly intended to benefit early/mid-career researchers who wish to explore and open a new interdisciplinary field of research through close interaction with theme group members from other scientific disciplines. An NLTG is imbedded within the Dutch academic community.

The NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group is:

  1. An international group of NLTG members made up of 3 persons for 5 consecutive months. The NLTG coordinator can apply for a NLTG in the second semester (Feb – June) of the academic year.
  2. All NLTG members hold individual fellowships at NIAS, including a study and daily travel expenses or, if from abroad, subsidized accommodation.
  3. NLTG members from abroad can apply for a stipend of €2,500 per month in case of loss of income due to the fellowship. NLTG members from a Dutch university can apply for a Dutch University Grant of €2,500 per month, which is given to their university to compensate part of the costs to replace their teaching or management responsibilities.
  4. NTLG members fully participate in the interdisciplinary community at NIAS, including weekly seminars and other academic activities.
  5. A workshop at the Lorentz Center on the NLTG topic, with full organizational support and a budget of € 10,000.


In order to be considered eligible for a fellowship by NIAS, the following criteria and rules are applicable:

  • On the date that the Call closes, the applicant must have at least three years of research experience since the date they were awarded a Ph.D.;
  • The project proposal must fit within the scope of humanities and/or social sciences;
  • The project proposal should be no more than a maximum of fifteen hundred words including footnotes, excluding references and abstract;
  • The project proposal should contain at least a clear description of the project that will be conducted during a stay at NIAS, a research question, as well as the methodological and theoretical contribution the project aims at;
  • The applicant may not resubmit a project proposal that was previously rejected by NIAS;
  • Applicants can only apply for one type of fellowship per academic year (i.e. either a NIAS Individual Fellowship, a co-sponsored individual fellowship, a NIAS theme-group fellowship, or a co-sponsored theme-group fellowship);
  • An applicant who previously held a NIAS fellowship may only apply for a NIAS Individual Fellowship if there are at least 10 years between the application date of the previous fellowship and the current application deadline date (see for exceptions on this rule Article 8 of the full Regulations);
  • Applicants should provide the names of four international experts in their field who would be suitable to approach as referees.
  • Experts should not have a conflict of interest by reviewing the proposal. Excluded experts are colleagues from the same department, co-authors, (former) supervisors, friends, and scholars involved in the current research project proposal;
  • The application must be completed correctly and contain all the requested information and required documentation.

How to apply for the 2023-2024 NIAS-Lorentz Program calls for coordinators for the NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group (NLTG)

A NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group is initiated by the coordinator. The coordinator has at least 3 years of postdoctoral research experience and is affiliated with a university or research institution. Researchers from abroad may also coordinate the NLTG provided they apply together with a researcher who is based in the Netherlands (co-coordinator).

The coordinator is the formal NLTG applicant and he/she puts forward the other NLTG members.

The coordinator is the formal NLTG applicant and he/she puts forward the other NLTG members. A NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group is ideally a mix of researchers affiliated with universities from within and outside the Netherlands so as to be an international group imbedded in the Dutch research community. All NLTG members should fulfill NIAS eligibility criteria, which includes 3 years of experience after obtaining a Ph.D.-degree

Application procedure for the 2023-2024 NIAS-Lorentz Program calls for coordinators for the NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group (NLTG)

NLTG Pre-Proposal

Coordinators should submit a short NLTG Pre-Proposal for preliminary review. The Pre-Proposal is no more than three pages containing:

  • Title of the proposal.
  • List of proposed NLTG members.
  • Concise description of the interdisciplinary topic, with a brief description of the methodology and the expected research outcomes.
  • Outline of the idea for the workshop, including a list of proposed participants.
NLTG 2023-24 Pre-Proposal form Coordinator fin

Send the completed form to [email protected], with your name and the word NLTG in the subject.

NLTG coordinators will be informed of the outcome within six weeks of the submission deadline. Coordinators of Pre-Proposals that are considered suitable for further elaboration will be invited to compile a NLTG Main Proposal.

NLTG Main Proposal

The NLTG Main Proposal consists of:

  • An expanded NLTG research proposal.
  • An outline of the NIAS-Lorentz Workshop at the Lorentz Center.
  • The individual NLTG fellowship application forms of all NLTG group members (including the coordinator).

The Main Proposal and individual NLTG fellowship applications must be submitted through the NIAS website application form (opens early September).

NLTG coordinators will be informed on the outcome of the review and selection in October.

Full Workshop Proposal

The coordinator of the winning NLTG application will work with the Lorentz Center to prepare the Full NIAS-Lorentz Workshop Proposal. This plan might receive additional feedback from the NIAS-Lorentz Advisory Board as well as specific Lorentz Center Advisory Board(s) in the field(s) of the workshop topic.

NLTG applications are evaluated by the NIAS-Lorentz Fellowship Board.


Evaluation criteria include:

  • The topic connects the humanities and/or social sciences with the natural and/or technological sciences.
  • The research proposal is bold and original.
  • The composition of the theme group is international and multidisciplinary.
  • Individual members display excellent academic achievements, appropriate to their academic level.
  • The topic will broaden the scope of the NIAS-Lorentz Program.

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