With the Network Institute Academy Assistant (NIAA) program 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 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.
The Network Institute funds 10-15 positions for excellent student assistants to work with staff in small interdisciplinary research groups on highly focused projects. For more information, see Academy Assistants.