[IIAS - Call for Applications] IIAS (& IIAS/FMSH) Fellowship

IIAS is a globally oriented post-doctoral institute that actively promotes new and interdisciplinary approaches to Asian Studies. 

We invite outstanding scholars to apply for a fellowship at IIAS. Applicants may also apply for an extra two months of research at the Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme (FMSH) in Paris, in the framework of an additional combined IIAS+FMSH fellowship.

For whom?

The information provided on this page is intended for researchers who would like to apply for an IIAS-funded Fellowship (with or without an additional research period at FMSH, in Paris).

We strongly recommend that applicants explore our website and familiarise themselves with the diverse projects, activities, events, and publications fostered at IIAS.


IIAS Fellowship and IIAS+FMSH Fellowship are intended for outstanding researchers (see 'Terms and conditions' below) from around the world, to work on important aspects of Asian studies in the Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts. Interdisciplinary interests are encouraged.

Research focus

IIAS aims to promote a more integrated and global understanding of Asian realities. Through our programmes and activities we seek to cultivate humanistically-informed and policy-relevant knowledge about Asia. IIAS is also involved in a number of projects that connects academic and non-academic forms of knowledge. 

IIAS invites applications for developing innovative research, writing, and/or societally engaged and collaborative projects along our three thematic clusters: 'Asian Cities', 'Asian Heritages' and 'Global Asia'.

Please indicate to which cluster(s) your proposal best relates on the application form (see below). Also, do let us know how your proposed research will contribute to reconfiguring the existing field of Asian Studies, both conceptually and methodologically. In some cases, the research can be allocated to more than one cluster. Choose the one with which your project has the greatest affinity. 

We also encourage applicants to share their involvement in other activities (for example, social work, activism, creative/artistic or curatorial/editorial experience, etc.) that might be relevant to the project proposal.

Selection Process and Assessment Criteria

The Selection Committee will take into account the proposal’s intellectual potential, conceptual framework, its methodological coherence, the project feasibility, its synchronicity with IIAS’ vision and its potential to advance the applicant’s professional trajectory.

From this year onwards, the selection process will consist of two separate steps. In the first stage, candidates submit the completed form with all the attached documents via our website. In the second stage shortlisted candidates will be asked to send Reference Letters and a short video. Instructions for preparing the video will be provided via email.

The current Selection Committee is composed of highly qualified individual academics from different fields, based in Europe, Asia and North America. The selection process is guided by the need to ensure a variety of academic profiles, as well as gender equality.

The following criteria will be taken into account throughout the selection process:

  • The project’s potential to advance its field(s) of study; its original contribution to scholarly knowledge.
  • A diversity of outputs (i.e. publications, methodologies, protocols) and activities (i.e. knowledge and data sharing, collaborations, mobility experiences).
  • Open practices for sharing research results and methodologies, whenever possible.
  • Interdisciplinarity. 
  • High standards of ethics and integrity, appropriate conduct of research, and good practices.


If IIAS decides to sponsor your research by awarding a fellowship, you will receive: 

  • A monthly stipend of €1250 for 12 months
  • Housing (a flat in Leiden about 20 minutes walking distance from IIAS headquarters)
  • A one-time grant of max. €1000 towards the costs of (international) round-trip travel.

IIAS + FMSH GRANT / Complementary research period at the Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme (FMSH) in Paris

The IIAS-FMSH is a short-term intra-European fellowship programme. The combined fellowship therefore provides fellows with a one-year research experience in an internationally renowned area studies institute (IIAS) and a two-month visiting stint in an equally prestigious advanced studies institute (FMSH).

Designed to enhance the intra-European circulation of researchers in Asian studies, the IIAS-FMSH partnership aims to decompartmentalise knowledge production and diversify perspectives, offering our fellows an excellent opportunity for knowledge exchange, cooperation and networking.

Anyone applying for an IIAS fellowship can simultaneously apply for an extra period of 2 months at the FMSH in Paris. If you are interested in this option, please indicate it on the IIAS Fellowship Application Form.
The FMSH provides a monthly grant of €2000 covering travel costs, accommodation and living expenses in France.


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Fellowship Programme Coordinator Laura Erber