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IIAS invites excellent scholars to apply for a fellowship to work on an individual research project in the Humanities or Social Sciences. In addition, IIAS supports Professorial Fellowships as part of agreements with Dutch universities, foreign ministries and funding organisations. Please choose between the following options listed below.


IIAS invites outstanding scholars to apply for a fellowship at IIAS. Applicants may also apply for an extra two months of research at the Collège d’études mondiales of the Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme (CEM-FMSH) in Paris, in the framework of an additional combined IIAS/CEM-FMSH fellowship.

For whom?

The information provided on this page is intended for researchers who would like to apply for an IIAS Fellowship (with or without an additional research period in Paris). Please do NOT file an application with IIAS if you will be visiting IIAS in the framework of an (exchange) agreement between IIAS and a partner institution. In that case, you will be selected and nominated to IIAS by the partner institution.


The position of affiliated fellow is intended for outstanding researchers (see the Terms and conditions) from around the world, to work on an important aspect of Asian studies research in the social sciences and humanities. Interdisciplinary interests are encouraged. We also welcome researchers who would like to work on a collaborative grant proposal or develop their PhD thesis into a book publication.

Research focus

IIAS is an institute that actively promotes innovative research and seeks the interconnection between academic disciplines. In doing so, we are particularly looking for researchers focusing on the three IIAS clusters 'Asian Cities', 'Asian Heritages' and 'Global Asia'. However, some positions will be reserved for outstanding projects in any area outside of those listed. Applications that link to more than one field are also welcome.

On the application form (see the Terms and conditions), you will be asked to indicate the relevant cluster related to your proposed research, or to choose the 'open category'. You are also asked to indicate how your proposed research may contribute to the general vision of IIAS and its emphasis on interconnected studies.

Gonda Fund

Each year IIAS reserves a number of places for Indologists who have been awarded a fellowship by the J. Gonda Foundation. These fellowships are intended for promising young Indologists at the post-doctorate level to spend a period of three to six months at IIAS.

About The J. Gonda Foundation 

The J. Gonda Foundation is a foundation of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) that supports the scholarly study of Sanskrit, other Indian languages and literature, and Indian cultural history. The Foundation has been funding scholarly publications and re-issues of existing works since 1992. Other activities include the annual Gond Lecture. 

The Foundation’s assets consist of the estate of Indologist J. Gonda, who was a member of the Academy. 

Other funding options by the J. Gonda Fund  

In addition to the fellowships for research at IIAS as described above, the Gonda Fund also covers funding for:

  • a project or publication in Indology by researchers or scientific publishers
  • PhD student grants for promising PhD students for a special research project, a working visit abroad, or another activity. 

Professorial Fellowship for the Chair of Taiwan Studies at Leiden University

We invite applications for the Chair of Taiwan Studies at Leiden University. The Chair provides a Professorial Fellow position of five months for a visiting scholar in Taiwan Studies to teach and conduct research at Leiden University and IIAS (Leiden, Netherlands). The Fellowship covers the February – June 2022 semester.