Regulations for grants at the NIA per 15 September 2020, last modified 27 March 2024

The Netherlands Institute at Athens awards a number of grants for study stays in Athens. Students, graduates, PhD students and recent PhDs connected to the VU University, the Universities of Amsterdam, Leiden, Utrecht, Groningen and the Radboud University Nijmegen are eligible for these grants. Those who already receive payment or a grant for their research, or those who have previously been awarded the same type of grant from the NIA within the past five years (accommodation allowance excepted), are in principle ineligible for these grants.

The research in question should be connected to Greece, and the stay in Athens should clearly add value to the research. In reviewing the applications, the quality of the proposal (research questions and work plan) and study results will be evaluated.

The following four grants are available:

  1. Stipend for PhD students and recent PhDs

There are a maximum of two stipends available annually. The research should result in a scholarly publication and/or part of a dissertation or book. It is also possible to apply for the grant to realise the completion of your PhD. The stipend provides free accommodation at the NIA* for a period of up to three months, a monthly allowance of 700 Euro, and travel expenses to a maximum of 200 Euro.

  1. Study grant for MA students or recently graduated

There are several study grants available annually for MA students and recent graduates. Individuals who finished their studies less recently and want to give impetus to their scholarly activity are also eligible for this grant. The study grant provides free accommodation at the NIA* for a period up to three months, a monthly allowance of 400 Euro, and travel expenses to a maximum of 200 Euro.
As far as the eligibility of recently graduates is concerned, they should already have obtained their BA-degree when applying.

  1. VVNIA-Goekoop Grant for research master’s students, PhD students and post-docs without a permanent position.

Every year, the VVNIA (Association of Friends of the NIA) makes up to two grants available for research in the field of Greek antiquity (archaeology, epigraphy, ancient history and philology, or a combination of these disciplines). The grant offers a free stay in one of the NIA’s guest rooms*, a monthly allowance of €400 and a travel allowance of up to €200. The maximum duration is three months. Grant recipients are expected to be or become a member of the VVNIA. More information about the VVNIA, membership and the naming of the Grant can be found on the website of the VVNIA.

  1. Accommodation allowance

This allowance provides a reduction of 4 Euro per day in the room rate (to a maximum of 200 Euro).

* Accommodation at the NIA can be offered upon availability. For periods that there is no availability at the NIA guestrooms, Emmy Makri can provide you with the contact details of other Foreign Schools in proximity of the NIA so you can make arrangements for a stay, at your own expenses.

What we ask of the grant holder

All holders of a stipend, a study grant or a VVNIA-Goekoop grant will submit a report of their research to the NIA and VVNIA. In the Netherlands, they will be prepared to present their research at the participating universities, for which the NIA offers travel expenses, and at gatherings of the NIA and VVNIA. The holder grants permission to the NIA to mention their activities on social media and is willing to actively contribute to such publicity. They will mention the NIA in all publications and presentations based on or making use of the results of research supported by the grant. Partaking in the activities of the NIA and membership of the VVNIA will be very much appreciated.
In order to receive a NIA grant, you are also requested to provide the NIA with copies or pdfs of all publications that resulted from your NIA-funded stay in Athens or Greece. These publications are an important asset for the NIA library as they will be entered in the online catalogue and will be made accessible through the Athens inter-library systems, thus   providing a wide spread of your published work.
Before leaving, all bursaries and grant holders are obliged to leave a report about their stay. This is either in the form of a blog text and/or a short contribution for our scientific journal Pharos. The NIA-director will inform you before you arrive on which type of report applies to your stay and grant and how this is expected to be delivered. You will be expected to contact Willem Ledeboer (NIA blog) and/or Kimberley van den Berg (Pharos) on the prompt delivery of your contribution.

N.B. Compliance with the guidelines regarding the delivery of texts for the NIA blog and (where applicable) Pharos are a condition for the full and final payment of awarded stipends, study grants and VVNIA Goekoop grants. This condition does not apply to the travel allowance that is part of the said stipends and grants. This will be paid upon arrival in Athens and upon submission of the required documentation (proof of purchase, boarding passes, etc.).

Please note that non-compliance with the above conditions will have a negative impact on any future applications for further NIA grants.

Application deadlines and procedure

All grants can be applied for at any time of the year, the accommodation allowance no later than two months before the proposed start of the grant. In case the months of August or December are included in the period before the proposed start of the grant, applications for a development grant or an accommodation allowance should be made no later than three months before the proposed start of the grant.
Applications for a stipend, a study grant or a VVNIA-Goekoop Grant should be made  no later than four months in advance (so if you would like to apply for a grant starting on 1 June, your application should be at the NIA on or before 1 February).  Accommodation allowance applications will be assessed by the director of the NIA. Stipend, study grant and VVNIA-Goekoop Grant applications will be assessed by the NIA’s Scientific Advisory Board. Applicants of stipends, study grants and VVNIA-Goekoop Grants will be notified of the outcome of their application within one week of the Board’s decision.

For your application please use the online form that you will find below this text. If you apply for a stipend to finish your PhD, a letter of your supervisor(s) stating the viability of the completion of the PhD should be sent by a separate email to the NIA.

If you have any questions about our scholarship program, please contact the director of the NIA per email.

University Scholarships

Information about other scholarships that can possibly pay for a stay for study or research in Greece can be found – per university – on the following websites:

Sometimes faculties also have their own scholarship programs. For more information, please contact the foreign coordinator of your faculty.

Subject /title of the research/project:
Number of desired scholarship weeks (maximum 3 months, developmentgrant 3 weeks):