NLTG Theme Groups

The next call for applications opens 15 January. The submission deadline of the Pre-Proposals will be 15 February.

What is a NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group?
A NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group (NLTG) is an international group of either three or five researchers including the coordinator. All NLTG members hold fellowships at NIAS, providing them the opportunity to work as a team and engage in the kind of intensive interdisciplinary collaboration that is often difficult to realize in a regular academic setting. They specifically work as a group on cutting-edge research that bridges the divide between the humanities and/or social sciences and the natural and/or technological sciences. This can lead to concrete outcomes such as an edited volume, a scientific paper or a project proposal for external funding (e.g. ERC). Being part of an NLTG is particularly intended to benefit early/mid-career researchers who wish to explore and open a new interdisciplinary field of research through close interaction with theme group members from other scientific disciplines.

The NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group is:

  • An international group of NLTG members made up of either: a) 3 persons for 5 consecutive months, or b) 5 persons for 3 consecutive months. The NLTG coordinator can apply for a NLTG in either the first or second semester of the academic year.
  • All NLTG members hold individual fellowships at NIAS, including a study and daily travel expenses or, if from abroad, accommodation.
  • NLTG members from abroad receive a stipend, which is related to the level of scientific seniority. NLTG members from a Dutch university are eligible for a teaching or management replacement subsidy.
  • A workshop at the Lorentz Center on the NLTG topic, with full organizational support and a budget of € 10,000.

How to apply
A NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group is initiated by the coordinator. The coordinator has at least 5 years of postdoctoral research experience and is affiliated with a Dutch research institution. Researchers from abroad may also coordinate the NLTG provided they apply together with a researcher who is based in the Netherlands (co-coordinator).

The coordinator is the formal NLTG applicant and he/she puts forward the other NLTG members. These can be researchers from the Netherlands or abroad. NIAS and the Lorentz Center are committed to encouraging women and minority groups in academia, therefore researchers from these groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

Application procedure:

  1. NLTG Pre-Proposal
    Coordinators should submit a short NLTG Pre-Proposal for preliminary review. The Pre-Proposal is no more than three pages containing:

    • Title of the proposal.
    • List of proposed NLTG members.
    • Concise description of the interdisciplinary topic, with a brief description of the methodology and the expected research outcomes.
    • Outline of the idea for the workshop, including a list of proposed participants.

The form for the NLTG Pre-Proposal (docx) can be downloaded here.

NLTG 2020-21 Pre-Proposal form Coordinator

Send the completed form to, with your name and the word NLTG in the subject.

NLTG coordinators will be informed of the outcome within six weeks of the submission deadline. Coordinators of Pre-Proposals that are considered suitable for further elaboration will be invited to compile a NLTG Full Proposal.

2. NLTG Full Proposal
The NLTG Full Proposal consists of:

The form for the NLTG Full Proposal (docx) for a coordinator can be downloaded here.

NLTG 2020-21 Full Proposal form – Coordinator

The documents (expanded research proposal and outline of NLTG workshop) should be submitted in an email to

NLTG coordinators will be informed on the outcome of the review and selection in September.

  • Full Workshop Proposal
    The coordinator of the winning NLTG application will work with the Lorentz Center to prepare the Full NIAS-Lorentz Workshop Proposal. This plan will receive additional feedback from the NIAS-Lorentz Advisory Board as well as specific Lorentz Center Advisory Board(s) in the field(s) of the workshop topic.

NLTG applications are evaluated by the NIAS-Lorentz NLTG Board. NLTG Full Proposals are also sent to external reviewers.

Evaluation criteria include:

  • The topic connects the humanities and/or social sciences with the natural and/or technological sciences.
  • The research proposal is bold and original.
  • The composition of the theme group is international and multidisciplinary.
  • Individual members display excellent academic achievements, appropriate to their academic level.
  • The topic will broaden the scope of the NIAS-Lorentz Program.

For information and advice on NLTG Fellowship applications, please contact Petry Kievit-Tyson. For information and advice on the NIAS-Lorentz Workshop outline, please contact
Henriette Jensenius.

When is the next call for applications?
The next Call for NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group applications opens on 15 January.
Submission deadlines for NIAS-Lorentz Theme Group applications are:
15 Feb – NLTG Pre-Proposal
15 April – NLTG Full Proposal
15 September – Detailed Workshop Proposal

Poster Call for NLTG applications:

Current and previous NIAS-Lorentz Theme Groups

Diaspora, Migration and the Sciences: A New Integrated Perspective

Workshop: Diaspora, Migration and the Sciences: A New Integrated Perspective

Leonard Rutgers, Utrecht University
Harry Ostrer, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Tracy Prowse, McMaster University

The Comparative Biology of Language Learning – Towards the Next Level
Workshop: The Comparative Biology of Language Learning

Carel ten Cate, Leiden University
Judit Gervain, CNRS, Paris
Claartje Levelt, Leiden University
Chris Petkov, Newcastle University
Willem Zuidema, University of Amsterdam

Capturing Phylogenetic Algorithms for Linguistics

Workshop: Capturing Phylogenetic Algorithms for Linguistics

Devdatt Dubhashi, Chalmers University
Harald Hammarström, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Gerhard Jäger, University of Tübingen
Marian Klamer, Leiden University
Andrew Meade, University of Reading

Social Support
Workshop: Social Support TAT: Theory, Applications, and Technology

Jim Coan, University of Virginia
Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Brigham Young University
Spike Lee, University of Toronto
Harry Reis, University of Rochester
Hans IJzerman, Tilburg University

Modelling Social Reality: Emergence of the Glass Ceiling 

Workshop: Modelling Social Reality: Emergence of the Glass Ceiling

Frank Dignum, Utrecht University
Gert Jan Hofstede, Wageningen University
Rui Prada, Technical University of Lisbon