The Netherlands Institute for the Near East

Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten  -  Institut nĂ©erlandais du Proche-Orient

7 Sep 2018 General

Introducing: NINO Student Research Assistants

The Netherlands Institute for the Near East is offering two Student Research Assistantships each year. The first call for applications is now open!


What is a NINO Student Research Assistantship?

This new funding opportunity from NINO supports a senior researcher and a student (BA or MA) working together on a joint project. The student gains experience and acquires new skills, while the researcher receives support for an ongoing project. The project benefits both parties. The scheme covers the costs of a 0,2 fte (one day per week) student assistantship for a period of max. nine months.

Eligibility and conditions

The student must be enrolled at a Dutch university during the course of the assistantship, at BA or MA level; the supervisor must be employed at a Dutch university. Their joint project can last for a maximum of nine months. Successful candidates will be asked to write a brief report or blogpost about their research project for the NINO website and/or newsletter.

The project must fall within the scope of interest of NINO’s activities: Ancient Near Eastern studies and (closely) related fields.

The first call for applications is now open. Deadline for application is 15 November 2018; the winning Student Research Assistant may be appointed starting from February 2019.

The next call for applications will open in February, deadline 15 May (start assistantship in September/October 2019).

One student assistant will be funded at each call. Unsuccessful applications can be re-submitted.

How to apply for a NINO Student Research Assistantship

Student and researcher prepare a joint application; it is the student’s responsibility to submit the application correctly and timely.

Use the application form on our website – if the online form is unavailable, email the following documents to C.H. van Zoest as one combined pdf file:

  1. Research proposal outlining the nature of the action and its relevance to both student and supervisor (max. 1,000 words);
  2. Time table detailing the work and its outcomes (1 page);
  3. Motivation letter by the student (1 page);
  4. Signed statement of commitment by the supervisor.

For further information please contact Carolien van Zoest.


The upload form can now be used to submit your application!


Image: Gilgamesh and Enkidu subduing Humbaba (The Walters Art Museum, 21.18)