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Hestia - Impulse for Refugees in Science

Researchers who had to flee their homeland due to war or another threatening situation often face obstacles such as a different working language and culture in the countries where they settle. This makes it more difficult for them to continue their academic careers. NWO introduced the ‘Hestia – Impulse for Refugees in Science’ pilot call to give these academics the chance to join ongoing Dutch research projects so they can expand their network and increase their knowledge and skills

  • Purpose and objectives

    NWO introduced the ‘Hestia – Impulse for Refugees in Science’ pilot call to give academics, who had tof lee their homeland due to war or another threatening situation, the chance to join ongoing Dutch research projects so they can expand their network and increase their knowledge and skills.It is also an opportunity for them to actively share knowledge and expertise, to get to know the Dutch science system, with the ultimate aim of enabling them to continue their careers/lines of research in their homeland. These academics will also enrich Dutch science and society with their expertise.Project leaders and main applicants of a research project already funded by NWO or ZonMw can use this programme to apply for funding to enable a refugee to join their project. The refugees must have an academic background (a master or PhD degree) and be appointed for a maximum of 18 months on a full-time or no more than 24 months on a part-time basis.

    NWO is committed to a strong science system in the Netherlands and subscribes to the importance of a diverse, inclusive and accessible scientific system.

  • Budget and lead time

    The funding is available for an appointment of at least 18 months full-time and no more than 24 months part-time.A total budget of just over 1 million euros was available for the first round in the pilot.Due to the apparent need for such funding, the pilot call has been extended by two years. Funding rounds will also take place in 2019 and 2020.The first round took place in 2018, the third in 2020.  After the pilot has been completed, NWO will decide if and in which form the programme will be (permanently) continued.

  • Partners

    The pilot programme was developed in consultation with The Young Academy, the Royal Netherland Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) and the Foundation for Refugee Students (UAF).

  • Commissions

    NWO wide selection committee (2019)

    • Mrs. Dr B.E. (Lieteke) van Vucht-Tijssen, University of Humanistic Studies, Board Member, Cultural Sociology (chair)
    • Mr. Prof. B. (Bayu) Jayawardhana, University of Groningen, Mechatronics and Control of Nonlinear Systems
    • Mrs. Dr  C.M. (Conny) Roggebrand, University of Amsterdam, Public policy and governance, Gender
    • Mr. Prof. S. (Sandjai) Bhulai, VU Amsterdam, Mathematics, Operations management, Computer Science
    • Mrs. Dr A.M.W.J. (Annemie) Schols, Maastricht UMC, Nutrition and Metabolism in chronic diseases
    • Mr. Prof. M.S. (Maurits) Berger, Leiden University, Islam and the West
    • Mr. Dr M. (Moutaz) Altaghlibi, Utrecht University, Economics, Financial Sector
    • Mrs. Dr R.K. (Karlijn) Haagsman, Maastricht University, Migration sociology, Cultural Antropology  
    • Mr. Dr P.J. (Pascal) Beckers, Radboud University Nijmegen, International Business Economics, Human Geography
    • Mr. Dr P. (Prosper) Maguchu, VU Amsterdam, Law, Human rights
    • Mrs. Prof. E. (Epie) Boven, Amsterdam UMC, Medical oncology, Internal Medicine  
    • Mrs. Dr R. (Rahil) Roodsaz, University of Amsterdam, Sexuality, Culture, Gender, Identity
    • Mrs. Dr M. (Mary) Nicolaou, Amsterdam UMC, Epidemiology, Migrant health
    • Mrs. Dr M.I. (Marjolein) Deunk, University of Groningen, Educational Research, Psychology, Linguistics

    NWO wide selection committee (2018)

    • Dr B.E. (Lieteke) van Vucht-Tijssen, University of Humanistic Studies, Board member, cultural sociology (chair)
    • Dr H.M.W. (Heidy) den Besten, Wageningen University and Research, Food Microbiology
    • Dr I.C. (Ilse) van Liempt, Utrecht University, Urban Geography and Qualitative Research Methods
    • Prof. A.W.M. (Arnold) Smeulders, University of Amsterdam, ICT
    • Prof. B. (Bayu) Jayawardhana, Groningen University, Mechatronics and Control of Nonlinear Systems
    • Dr M.H.A. (Tineke) Strik, Radboud University Nijmegen, Migration Law
    • Dr A.A. (Asghar) Seyed-Gohrab, Leiden University, Area Studies
    • Prof. N.H. (Nanna) Hilton, Groningen University, Sociolinguist
    • Dr C.M. (Conny) Roggebrand, University of Amsterdam, Public policy and governance, Gender
    • Prof. S. (Sandjai) Bhulai, VU Amsterdam, Mathematics, Operations management, Computer Science
    • Dr A.M.W.J. (Annemie) Schols, Maastricht University medical center, Nutrition and Metabolism in chronic diseases
    • DrJ.P. (José) Marques, Radboud University Nijmegen, Physics and Neurosciences, Image quality
    • Dr V.W.V. (Vincent) Jaddoe, MD, Erasmus MC, Paediatric epidemology
    • Dr R. (Romke) Rouw, University of Amsterdam, Brain and Cognition (ad-hoc)
    • Prof. S. (Sawitri) Saharso, University of Humanistic Studies/VU Amsterdam, Sociology, Citizenship and Moral Diversity (ad-hoc)
    • Dr M.A. (Martine) Baars, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Educational and Developmental Psychology (ad-hoc)
    • Prof. C. (Charles) Agyemang, Amsterdam UMC, Epidemology, Public health (ad-hoc)

Contact

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Drs. Maartje van Dijk
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NWO Domain
NWO Domain Applied and Engineering Sciences (AES)

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Carolien Maas-van der Geest, MA

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