Gonda Fellowship at IIAS for Indologists

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The J. Gonda Fund Foundation supports the scholarly study of Sanskrit, other Indian languages and literatures, and Indian cultural history.

The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) is a research and exchange platform based in Leiden, the Netherlands. It encourages the multidisciplinary and comparative study of Asia, and actively promotes national and international cooperation.

The Gonda Fellowship at IIAS

A Gonda Fellowship at IIAS is awarded by the Gonda Foundation to promising young Indologists at post-doctorate level, enabling them to spend between one and six months at the IIAS.

The grant for a Gonda Fellow amounts to € 2,000 per month. The IIAS will assist in finding suitable accommodation and will arrange health insurance, office facilities, visa and access to the university library. The costs for accommodation (if applicable), health insurance and visa will be deducted by IIAS from the grant (approx. € 800 to € 900 when accommodation is included). The remainder (approx. € 1,100 to € 1,200) will be paid out by IIAS as a stipend from the Gonda Foundation to the Gonda Fellow.

The Gonda Fellow can also claim the travelling expenses for a roundtrip to the Netherlands at the start and end of the fellowship (economy class ticket) from the Gonda Foundation.


The deadlines for applications are 1 April and 1 October of every year. Applicants will be notified of the decisions about one month later.

Your application should provide information about:

  • The objectives and expected results.
  • The starting date and duration of the project.
  • The budget and requested funding.
  • The reasons for your application at the Gonda Fund.

Assessment criteria

  • The quality of the proposed research project will be reviewed in terms of:
    • clear objectives for the research project relevant for the scholarly study of Sanskrit, other Indian languages and literature, or Indian cultural history;
    • expected scientific deliverables. A residence at IIAS must lead to a book or an article or a contribution to such;
    • feasibility of the working programme (including activities visits to persons and institutes in the Netherlands and time schedule); and
    • added value of a stay in the Netherlands for the research project, e.g. resulting from visits to persons and institutes in the Netherlands.
  • The scientific achievements of the applicant (curriculum vitae).
Date de candidature
1-6 mois
Sciences sociales : Sciences de l'information et de la communication