KNIR Colloquia

KNIR Colloquia are small, exclusive expert meetings, hosted and funded by the Royal Netherlands Institute in Rome. Their purpose is to offer early or mid-career academics from all fields the opportunity to improve their research profile by organising an international workshop in Rome on a topic central to their current research agenda. The Colloquium can host up to 10 senior and 15 junior scholars (including the convenor/applicant), in a 3 day programme. Each year the KNIR can host a number of such Colloquia, depending on the available timeslots as specified below.

The KNIR Colloquia programme targets early and mid-career academics with a position as assistant professor (UD, tenured or not, indicatively with 3 to 15 years of academic employment) at one of the Dutch universities that support the KNIR: the University of Amsterdam, Groningen University, Leiden University, Radboud University, Utrecht University and the Free University Amsterdam. It aims to offer opportunities particularly to those academics who do not profit from other research funding (NWO, ERC etc.), and have a teaching load that currently prevents them from in-depth investments in their research profile.

Available Timeslots 2020

  • 6-7-8 February 2020 (arrival 5 February, departure 9/10 February)
  • 13-14-15 February 2020 (arrival 12 February, departure 16/17 February)
  • 10-11-12 September 2020 (arrival 9 September, departure 13/14 September)
  • 10-11-12 December 2020 (arrival 9 December, departure 13/14 December)
  • 17-18-19 December 2020 (arrival 16 December, departure 20/21 December)

Conditions for submission

  • The applicant is the organiser of the KNIR Colloquium. (S)he is responsible for the programme content, for selecting the speakers and other participants, and for balancing the budget.
  • The budget available per KNIR Colloquium is 12.500 euros (mainly travel expenses and catering). Hospitality at the KNIR is free.
  • Logistics on location are managed by the KNIR.


Applicants are invited to submit a dossier containing:

  • A general description of the workshop, its objectives, its position in the applicant’s current research agenda (2 pages).
  • An outline of the workshop, including the names and short profiles of the prospective participants (2 pages). At this point, no confirmation of attendance from the envisioned participants is required, but please indicate any confirmed speakers.
  • The applicant’s CV.
  • A brief statement on the applicant’s motivations, taking into consideration the objectives of the KNIR Colloquia programme and its target group as specified above (max. 1 page).
  • An indication of the preferred timeslots, in order of preference (at least 2 timeslots).

Deadline and assessment

  • The deadline (for applications) in 2020 is 1 October 2019.
  • Please submit application dossiers to: secretary@knir.it
  • Applications will be evaluated by a committee comprising the director, vice-director and the head of research of the KNIR, as well as three members of the KNIR’s scientific board.
  • Notification follows before 1 November 2019. There will be no feedback or correspondence about the assessment.
  • For information and enquiries: info@knir.it

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