National Research Schools

The disciplinaire training programmes of PhD-students are organized in national research schools, which organize PhD courses at the national level, thus pooling the available resources in an efficient manner.

 The Faculty of Humanities of the University of Amsterdam has assumed responsibility for the management of four of these national schools: the Huizinga Institute (cultural history), the Onderzoekschool Literatuurwetenschap (literary studies), the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis, and the Research School in Media Studies. Ten further national research schools are hosted by other universities.

Huizinga Institute

Cultural History is a broad, inclusive and dynamic discipline wherein new specialisms are continuously developed. The Huizinga Institute encourages the exploration of culture in its historical manifestations and dynamism from a variety of complementary perspectives. Historicity  and interdisciplinarity form the starting points for this process of exploration. 

Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis (NICA)

NICA is the Dutch national research school in cultural analysis, studies and theory; generally, in interdisciplinary and theoretical humanities research. The school offers graduate courses for Research Master’s students and PhD researchers, and serves as a professional network for affiliated scholars. Presently based at the University of Amsterdam, the school welcomes the participation of scholars and students of all Dutch universities. For more information, please see link below.

The Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies (OSL)

The Research School for Literary Studies is a network partnership of more than 90 researchers from six Dutch universities. Members are active in the fields of general and comparative literature, historical and modern Dutch literature, the literatures of the major modern languages,  as well as media, theatre, film and television studies.

Research School for Media Studies (RMeS)

The Research School for Media Studies RMeS (read Hermes) is a new national research school that is committed to supporting research and graduate education in the field of media studies.

Additional DLG recognised research schools

Aside from the four national research schools, of which the Faculty of Humanities is secretary, the DLG also recognises the following national research schools:

  • ARCHON – Interuniversity Research and Graduate School for Archaeology, Netherlands. Secretary: UL, Faculty of Archaeology
  • LOT – The Netherlands National Graduate School of Linguistics. Secretary: UU, Faculty of Humanities
  • NISIS – Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies. Secretary: UU, Faculty of Humanities
  • NOSTER – The Netherlands School for Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion. Secretary: RU, Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies
  • NOG – The Netherlands Research School for Gender Studies. Secretary: UU, Faculty of Humanities
  • OIKOS – National Research School in Classical Studies, the Netherlands. Secretary: RU, Faculty of Arts
  • OSK – National Research School for Art History. Secretary: UU, Faculty of Humanities
  • OZSW – National Research School of Ethics. Secretary: EU, Faculty of Philosophy
  • OZSMED – National Research School of Medieval Studies. Secretary: RUG, Faculty of Arts
  • POSTHUMUS – N.W. Posthumus Institute. Secretary: RU, Faculty of Arts
  • RSPH – Research School Political History. Secretary: KNAW, Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands

Organisation national research schools

In October 2010 the Decanenoverleg Letteren en Geschiedenis (DLG, the partnership of the Deans of Faculties of Arts and Humanities of the Dutch Universities) and the network partnership of national research schools in the humanities (Logos) reached an agreement about the organisation and financing of the national research schools as of January 2011. This agreement can be downloaded via the link below (in Dutch).

Published by  Faculty of Humanities

17 January 2019