NWO programme PhDs in the Humanities to be continued

12 July 2019

NWO and the Programme Office Sustainable Humanities (previously Temporary Taskforce Humanities) will jointly invest in the continuation of the programme PhDs in the Humanities. The aim of this programme realised by NWO is to give talented researchers within the humanities the opportunity to gain a PhD in a subject they have chosen themselves. With the joint investment from NWO and the Programme Office an annual funding round can take place each year up to and including 2024.

Within the humanities, the need for individual PhD positions remains as large as ever. Faculties often have insufficient resources to fund individual PhD positions. By continuing the programme PhDs in the Humanities, NWO and the Programme Office Sustainable Humanities want to continue creating opportunities for talented researchers within the humanities.

About PhDs in the Humanities

The humanities faculties of the universities involved organise the preselection for this programme. Consequently, after submission to NWO, the award rate for proposals is about 50%. In principle, the conditions for the newly agreed upon funding rounds remain unchanged. NWO and the Programme Office Sustainable Humanities will, however, evaluate the current conditions of the call. Within the harmonised set of NWO funding instruments, the programme PhDs in the Humanities is part of the Open Competition.

Funding of this programme

The programme PhDs in the Humanities is funded by the NWO Domain Social Sciences and Humanities and the Programme Office Sustainable Humanities. The Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) recently extended the duration of the remit of the Programme Office Sustainable Humanities by five years. One of the tasks of the Programme Office (together with NWO) is the realisation of the programme PhDs in the Humanities. The Programme Office will contribute 1.6 million euros per year and NWO will double this amount, as a result of which 3.2 million euros will be available for PhD research in the humanities. Furthermore, the submitting faculties will also contribute 20% per project awarded funding, as a result of which the total available budget will increase to 4 million euros.

Source: NWO