NIAS-Lorentz Theme Groups: Bridging Humanities and Social Sciences with Technology

What is a NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group?
A NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group (NLTG) is an international group of either three or five 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. They 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.

The NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group is:

  • An international group of NLTG members made up of either: a) 3 persons for 5 consecutive months, or b) 5 persons for 3 consecutive months. The NLTG coordinator can apply for a NLTG in either the first or second semester of the academic year.
  • All NLTG members hold individual fellowships at NIAS, including a study and daily travel expenses or, if from abroad, accommodation.
  • NLTG members from abroad can apply for a stipend in case of loss of income due to the fellowship, up to a maximum of E.3.800 per month. NLTG members from a Dutch university can apply for a financial compensation to cover (part of) the costs to replace their teaching or management responsibilities, up to a maximum to E. 3.800 per month.
  • A workshop at the Lorentz Center on the NLTG topic, with full organizational support and a budget of € 10,000.

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.


For information and advice on NLTG Fellowship applications, please contact Petry Kievit-Tyson. For information and advice on the NIAS-Lorentz Workshop outline, please contact Henriette Jensenius.

Submission deadlines for NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group applications are:

  • 15 Feb – NLTG Pre-Proposal
  • 15 April – NLTG Full Proposal
  • 15 September – Detailed Workshop Proposal
Application date
3 or 5 months
Social sciences