The Network Institute’s (NI) Academy Assistants program (NIAA) is now entering its 13th year. Initially funded through a KNAW grant and aimed at combining social sciences and computer science research, it has since been adopted by the Network Institute and opened up for other interdisciplinary projects which fall within the NI’s research themes. The Academy Assistants program aims at promising high-potential master students who want to conduct scientific research and possibly pursue an academic career. As in previous years, this year the program will also be able to fund six or seven projects.
Accepted proposals will start in October 2022. The program aims to bring together scientists from different disciplines; therefore, the projects must combine methods and themes from two different disciplines affiliated with the NI. For each awarded project, the program will fund two student research assistants (0,2 FTE) for a period of ten months. The expected outcome of the project is a published papers and/or research proposals. In addition, at the end of the project (July 2023) we will publish all project proceedings on its website.
This call is aimed at VU researchers who are willing to cross the boundaries of their own discipline, and who have a research topic in mind that would benefit from such an interdisciplinary approach. We especially encourage early career researchers, including post-docs and PhDs, to apply for this funding.
Applicants should send us a short research proposal as outlined in the template proposal (click here). Send the completed proposals to: firstname.lastname@example.org, before 24th June 2022 at 12.00 pm. An independent review committee will evaluate the proposals based on quality, interdisciplinarity, and novelty. The successful projects will be announced on the Network Institute end-of-the-year Event on 6th July 2022.
- Proposals should combine two disciplines that are part of the Network Institute;
- Project supervision by two (and not more than two) Network Institute researchers;
- Regular team meetings (2 supervisors and 2 students) and progress reports are expected by all projects;
- A clear research output is expected by the project;
- Teams can include other people in supervising roles, as long as each assistant has one responsible co-applicant NI supervisor.
- Proposed projects can be continuations of previous NIAA projects. In that case, supervisors need to address how this new proposal is different from the previous project;
- A maximum of 1 project per supervisor will be awarded (although it is allowed to submit multiple proposals. In case multiple projects are awarded, a supervision solution will have to be negotiated);
- Funding is for two student assistants for 10 months, at 1 day per week (0.2 FTE);
- 500€ travel/expenses budget per project will be allocated;
- Submission before 24th June 2022 at 12 pm;
- Decisions sent out on 6th July 2022.
For more information and inspiration, visit https://www.networkinstitute.org/academy-assistants.
This year, we offer a matchmaking service: if you are interested in a project but have not yet found a co-applicant, or if you are a student interested in being a NIAA, please send an email to email@example.com and we will attempt to identify potential collaborators.
If you have any questions regarding this call or eligibility, please contact
We look forward to receiving your proposals!
NI Academy Team