The Netherlands Institute for the Near East

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

NINO Student Research Assistant

Teams consisting of a senior researcher and a student (BA or MA) working together on an ongoing project may seek funding from NINO. The Research Assistantship benefits both parties.


Two times per year one BA or MA student at a university in the Netherlands is appointed as part-time assistant to a senior researcher employed at a Dutch university. Working on a joint project, the student gains experience and acquires new skills, while the researcher receives support for an on-going project. The Research Assistantship is for one day per week and has a maximum duration of nine months.

Candidates are recruited through an open call for applications, two times per year. Student and researcher submit a joint application; one student assistant will be funded at each call. Unsuccessful applications may be re-submitted at a next call.

NINO Student Research Assistant

Call opens April 2024 October 2024
Deadline for application 15 May 2024 15 November 2024
Award June 2024 December 2024
Start of SRA September/October 2024 February 2025


Conditions and regulations

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

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.

A proposal need to be submitted outlining

The joint project can last for a maximum of nine months (shorter periods are also eligible).

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

The project should not be part of the candidates normal thesis research.

The project should train the research assistant in research skills (so analysis and writing, as well as data generation and processing). A joint publication by the supervisor and the research assistant is a recommended, though not required, result.

Successful candidates will be asked to write a brief report or blogpost about their research project for the NINO website and/or newsletter.