Scholarships for preparing a postdoctoral project

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Have you graduated from one of the six Dutch universities represented in the board of the KNIR and are you preparing a postdoctoral project to be conducted at one of these universities, or elsewhere? Or have you graduated somewhere elsewhere and are you preparing a postdoctoral project to be conducted at one these universities? Then you are eligible for a KNIR scholarship for preparing a postdoctoral project.

The scholarship consists of
1. free lodging at the KNIR for a minimum of 4 and maximum of 12 weeks;
2. a weekly allowance of up to € 175,- for your general expenses during your stay in Rome;
3. a one-time reimbursement of € 100,- for your travelling expenses to Rome (or €125 for those who travel by train).

Application requirements
1. You have obtained a doctorate from one of the following Dutch universities: University of Groningen, Leiden University, University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University, VU University Amsterdam and Radboud University Nijmegen and you are preparing a postdoctoral research project, that you intend to conduct at one of the above mentioned universities or elsewhere OR you have obtained your doctorate from another (Dutch or foreign) university and you are preparing a postdoctoral research project, that you intend to conduct at one of the above mentioned universities;
2. you intend to apply for research funding for this project (e.g. at the NWO, Marie Curie);
3. you have made arrangements with a (associate) professor at the university/universities or your choice, who is willing to welcome you in his/her department OR with someone who is willing to supervise you in the trajectory towards an application;
4. you do not have other funds or income during the period of your scholarship and you are available full-time for the project;
5. you can demonstrate that a stay at the KNIR will benefit your research.

How to apply?
The deadlines for applications are 15 May (for the 1st semester) and 15 November (for the 2nd semester). You can apply by completing the application form, selecting Scholarships for preparing a postdoctoral project. You will be asked to provide the following information / upload the following documents:

  1. a title and short description of your research (max. 450 characters)
  2. a letter of motivation (max 1 A4)
  3. a recent CV (max 2 A4)
  4. a certificate of your university doctoral degree or a letter from your PhD-thesis supervisor confirming the date of your PhD defence
  5. a provisional description of your research project, including a working schedule for your research stay in Rome, and specification of the (re)sources you plan to consult (max 4 A4)
  6. a letter of recommendation by an appropriate referent (e.g. your PhD-supervisor, an (associate) professor at the university of your choice, or an (associate) professor who supervises you during the application trajectory
  7. a photo, which we will use only on our website(s) and social communication channels if you have been granted this scholarship.

When selecting applicants, we look at your motivation, the benefit of a stay at the KNIR for your research, the quality and feasibility of your research proposal, your CV, and your contribution to the KNIR academic community.

The results of the selection process will follow no later than one month after the deadline. If your scholarship is granted, we will plan your research stay within the semester you have applied for. In the application form you have the possibility to indicate periods during which a stay is impossible. You can also indicate preferences (e.g. the beginning or the end of the semester). We will reckon with these preferences as much as possible.

After receiving a confirmation of your KNIR scholarship you are asked to accept the scholarship and confirm the period of your research stay within one week.

If you fall within this category, you may also be eligible for the Van Woudenberg Dissertation Prize.

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