Working at KITLV


Are you interested in working at KITLV? Please have a look at our job opportunities.


The KITLV offers different kinds of fellowships. Read more about what we have to offer below.


The KITLV has a broad internship program and welcome proposals of enthusiastic (research) master students. Find out what you have to do to be taken into consideration.

What KITLV offers

The Koninklijk Instituut voor Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde / Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) aims to be a world-class research institute for the study of Southeast Asia and the Caribbean, with a focus on Indonesia and the ‘Dutch’ Caribbean, in an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective. KITLV engages with the academic community across the world, as well as with artists, activists, writers, journalists, (inter)national governmental organizations, NGOs and the interested general public. In addition to a core of senior staff, most researchers at the institute are either PhD candidates or postdoctoral researchers, or are affiliated through KITLV’s fellowship program. This allows for dynamic teams within a lively research community.

KITLV is an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), a learned society and an organisation of eleven national research institutes. Being an institute of the KNAW makes KITLV part of a very broad scientific network.

Our people

Here you can find an overview of the researchers and staff members working at KITLV.

Job vacancies

Cultural histories & decolonization

Starting date


Respond by

15 March 2022


Project controller



11 March 2022

Open application

Contact: applications[at] and ask about the possibilities.

What KITLV offers

KITLV encourages and enables scholars working in the area specialisations of KITLV, i.e. Southeast Asia and the Caribbean world, as well as colonial and postcolonial history to collaborate and to learn from each other. To this end KITLV offers several fellowships to national and international scholars.

Our fellowships

1. Associated fellowships

2. Visiting fellowships

3. Affiliated fellowships
-KITLV offers modest office facilities (if available) and free access to library collections in Leiden
-Proposals may be sent the whole year round, but minimally three months before the start of the intended stay

Who can apply

PhD candidates and post doctoral researchers.

Time path

Are you interested in a fellowship? Please contact us at least three months before the possible start of your fellowship.

Our current fellows

Here you can find an overview of the fellows currently affiliated with KITLV.



The KITLV has several research internship opportunities for enthusiastic (research) master students with a relevant education on a regular basis.

What KITLV offers

An internship at KITLV usually covers three months and has a workweek with a minimum of 24 hours. The intern will work in a team at an ongoing research project on an independent assignment and will get the chance to gain working experience at a research institute. In addition to the assignment, the intern will have the opportunity to give a presentation at a research meeting and to attend both in-house and external seminars to broaden his/her academic network. At the end of the internship, the intern is expected to write a short paper about the results of the research.

Our current interns

Here you can find an overview of the interns currently working at KITLV.


Internship vacancies will be advertised on the KITLV website. Unsolicited applications for an internship at one of the research projects can be sent to: applications[at]