Call for Applications: KITLV Visiting Fellowships 2024-2025

The KITLV invites scholars working in the fields of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies to apply for a Visiting Fellowship.


Duration: 3 months
– September-November 2024 (two fellowships available)
– December 2024 -February 2025 (two fellowships available)


Fellows are invited to send in a proposal of the work they wish to carry out while at KITLV.

Fellows may work on a publication or research project of their own choice in the fields of Southeast Asian or Caribbean Studies. Applicants are not required to have an affiliation at a university or a research institute. They are, however, expected to have a steady income in the period of the Visiting Fellowship. The KITLV Visiting Fellowship is not a salaried position.

Eligible applicants:
– Have a PhD in the Social Sciences and/or Humanities;
– Carry out research in the field(s) of Southeast Asian and/or Caribbean Studies;
– Are interested to carry out their desired research in The Netherlands;
– Are prepared to be based at KITLV during the entire period of the fellowship;
– Are not a (tax) resident of The Netherlands.

Our offer

The selected candidates will be offered:
– A return air or train fare (economy) to and from the Netherlands;
– Reimbursement of the costs of their accommodation in Leiden (including rent, energy costs, and if applicable service costs) up to a maximum of € 2,000 per month, based on proof of payment;
– Reimbursement of local public transport costs up to a maximum of € 200 per month, based on proof of payment;
– A monthly compensation for higher living costs in Leiden, as compared to the main place of residence (calculated on a case-by-case basis).

If needed, the KITLV can provide a formal letter of invitation and offer support in applying for a residence permit. The institute will not, however, assist in finding suitable accommodation. The latter is the fellow’s own responsibility.

How to apply

Candidates are invited to submit their application in English.

Applications must include:
– A completed application form (download here);
– A brief, two-page CV.

The deadline for submitting your application is 29 March 2024.
Please submit your application via the Apply Now button. You may address the application to the Program Chair, Dr. David Kloos (do not email him your application).

For questions or more information, please contact [email protected].

The institute

The Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV-KNAW) is a research institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. Its focus is on the study of Southeast Asia and the Caribbean, with an emphasis on Indonesia and the ‘Dutch’ Caribbean. It is particularly interested in the history of colonialism and slavery, state formation, violence and citizenship, migrations and mobilities, and climate governance. KITLV is active in the humanities, social sciences and comparative area studies and works closely with Leiden University.

Photo by David Eppstein (Wikimedia Commons): KITLV building and Buginese poem.