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Call for proposals: Faculty Fund for Research Collaboration

28 July 2022

The board of the Faculty of Humanities makes funding available in 2023 for four exemptions of 0.2 fte. for one semester for teaching duties to stimulate research collaboration between researchers from different institutes within the faculty. 

The aim of this fund is to strengthen research collaboration across the institutes, stimulate growth of multi- and interdisciplinary research networks and eventually improve the position of the faculty to apply successfully for thematic and collaborative research funding. 


The fund is open to researcher with a paid research position at the Faculty of Humanities, excluding PhD candidates. Academic staff of ACPA, with a position at the University of the Arts are eligible for this fund. An application needs to be submitted by a minimum of two researchers from different institutes of the Faculty of Humanities.  

Only staff members with a paid position until a minimum of one year after the semester for which education exemption is requested, are eligible for this fund.

It is preferred that exemption is requested for the spring semester. However, it is also possible to request exemption for the fall semester, if this leads to better alinement with deadlines for collaborative research funding programmes. This needs to be indicated in the application.

Teaching exemption

To be eligible for teaching exemption, applicants need to suggest a suitable replacement to the management team of their own institute. The management teams of the institutes of the applicants need to support the application. Applications without a letter of support, signed by the academic directors of the relevant institutes, will not be reviewed.    


Applications will be reviewed by the academic directors and the dean of the Faculty of Humanities.

The following criteria will be taken into account:

  • The added value and track record of the collaboration;
  • the importance of an interdisciplinary approach in the research of the applicants;
  • the necessity of teaching exemption to reach to goals of the applicants (a collaborative publication and/or grant application);
  • the connection to (societal) questions for which external research funding is available or will become available in the foreseeable future.


Researchers are asked to report on how the teaching exemption was used to come to a collaborative publication and/or grant proposal, if indeed a publication or grant proposal was submitted and what future plans for collaborations are.


Grant advisors at institute, faculty and central level will together offer the best possible support to bring the initiatives that received support from this fund further.


Applications consisting of a completed application form (Dutch or English), C.V.’s of all applicants and letters of support from all relevant academic directors, are to be submitted by sending an email to m.c.belderbos@hum.leidenuniv.nl on Friday the 30th of September 2022 at the latest. Applications submitted after this date will not be reviewed.  

The Faculty Board aims to publish the results of the review on Tuesday the 1st of November 2022 at the latest.


If you have any questions about applying for this fund, do not hesitate to send an email to m.c.belderbos@hum.leidenuniv.nl.  

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