Regulations for grants at the NIA per 15 September 2020, modified 16 December 2021
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 Goekoop-development grant may be applied for at every new stage of one’s studies.
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:
- 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.
- Study grant for MA students or the 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.
- Goekoop-development grant for all stages
Each semester, the NIA has five Goekoop-development grants available, partly funded by the Friends of the NIA (VVNIA). The grant is intended for a three-week stay in Athens to develop a research proposal at any level. The study grant provides free accommodation at the NIA, a weekly allowance of 100 Euro, and travel expenses to a maximum of 200 Euro.
- Accommodation allowance
This allowance provides a reduction of 4 Euro per day in the room rate (to a maximum of 200 Euro).
What we ask of the grant holder
A stipend or study grant holder will present their project at the end of their stay at the NIA. They will also 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.
Furthermore, the NIA requests the grant holder to send a short summary text and 2-3 photographs (taken by you, or accompanied by a written clearance of copyright for each image if not your own) for the blog postings of the NIA on the activities carried out by the grant holder during the time of the NIA grant.
Finally, bursaries are asked to submit a brief, publishable report (2pp, including 1 figure and/or table), proofread for its English, for which the permission for publication is obtained (via the supervisor’s and/or excavator’s email), and with max 5 references. The report will be assessed by the editorial board of Pharos according to the guidelines for authors; by a positive outcome, the report may be published. In lieu of a report, bursaries may also submit a full-length article based on the research carried out at the NIA.
Compliance with these conditions will help you in future should you reapply for a different NIA grant.
All grants can be applied for at any time of the year, development grant and accommodation allowance at least one month before the proposed start of the grant, stipend and study grant two months in advance. Development grant and accommodation allowance applications will be assessed by the director of the NIA. Stipend and study grant applications will be assessed by the NIA’s Scientific Advisory Board. Applicants of stipend and study grant 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.
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:
- Universiteit van Amsterdam
- Amsterdams Universiteitsfonds
- Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
- Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
- Rijksuniversiteit Groningen: Check the website of your Faculty.
- Groninger Universiteitsfonds
- Universiteit Leiden
- Radboud Universiteit Nijmegen
- Universiteit Utrecht
Sometimes faculties also have their own scholarship programs. For more information, please contact the foreign coordinator of your faculty.