Academy Assistants

With this Network Institute Academy Assistant program (NIAA) the Network Institute aims to interest bright young master students for conducting scientific research and pursuing an academic career. The program brings together scientists from different disciplines; every project combines methods & themes from informatics, social sciences and/or humanities. For each project, 2 or 3 student research assistants work together. The projects result in papers and/or research proposals. The program started in 2010 with 4 projects funded by the KNAW.

Check here for all the Academy Projects 2012 -2021

The Network Institute funds each year 10-15 positions for excellent student assistants to work with staff in small interdisciplinary research groups on highly focused projects.

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 projects are published papers and/or research proposals. In addition, at the end of the projects, we will publish all project proceedings on its website.

This program 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.

For more information, contact the student coordinator at or the coordinating team: