Council of Dutch Research Schools in the Humanities

Research Schools

Below you find a list of all Dutch research schools in the Humanities, which are all represented in LOGOS. You can visit their websites by clicking on their names.


ARCHON is the Dutch inter-university research and graduate school for archaeology. It unites staff members, PhD researchers and research MA students of its participating institutions: the University of Amsterdam, VU University Amsterdam, the University of Groningen, the University of Leiden and the State Service for Cultural Heritage. Our intent is to create a platform for inspiring academic debate on current archaeological research by initiating, organizing and supporting educational activities for RMA and PhD researchers.

Dutch Postgraduate School for Art History (OSK)

With the cooperation of the universities and the cultural institutes, the OSK aims to maintain and support a high level of specialized research in the field of art history by offering education and regularly organizing meetings for its members. The education program is directed towards research master students and PhD students working on a doctoral thesis. Tailored courses are offered each year to cater to the needs of both groups, in order to help them improve their skills as (future) researchers.

Dutch Research School of Philosophy (OZSW)

The general purpose of the Dutch Research School of Philosophy (Dutch acronym: OZSW) is to strengthen the academic discipline of philosophy by (1) facilitating and stimulating collaboration between the participating universities in the field of academic philosophy, and (2) offering courses and training to young researchers (PhD students and Research Master students). To realize these goals, the OZSW runs study groups on a variety of topics and organises a range of academic events in the form of courses, masterclasses, workshops, as well as an annual conference. Activities within OZSW are organised by one of the three subdisciplinary sections: Ethics & Practical Philosophy, Theoretical Philosophy and History of Philosophy.

Huizinga Institute

The Huizinga Institute is the national Dutch research network for Cultural History. It was founded in 1995, and has flourished as a forum for debate and exchange of scholarly views in the field, also functioning as the principal Dutch provider of excellent, cutting-edge coursework and education for research students and PhD candidates in this field. The Institute takes its name from one of the founders of cultural history: Johan Huizinga, with for example his The Waning of the Middle Ages. Cultural history is a broad, inclusive and dynamic discipline, taking up new specialisms all the time. The Institute encourages the study of culture in its historical manifestations and dynamics, and from a variety of mutually complementary perspectives; the main premises are historicity and interdisciplinarity. Focal points at the moment include: cultural nationalism; memory, heritage and identity; the history of science and the humanities; the history of concepts, political culture, and religious encounters. The Huizinga Institute supports and encourages academic meetings and exchanges in these fields.

Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC)

The Netherlands Graduate Research School of Science, Technology and Modern Culture (WTMC) is a collective effort of Dutch scholars studying aspects of the development of science, technology and modern culture. Science and technology studies form the core of the work, but there are also strong inputs from philosophy, history, cultural studies and innovation studies. The activities of the School are twofold: 1) to co-ordinate and stimulate research in the field of science and technology studies, innovation studies and cultural analysis of science and technology; 2) to provide advanced training for PhD candidates.

Netherlands Graduate School of Linguistics (LOT)

LOT is the acronym of ‘Landelijke Onderzoekschool Taalwetenschap’, (Netherlands National Graduate School of Linguistics). LOT unites about 400 faculty members and 150 PhD students and provides a junction for national and international communication for the benefit of linguistic research and education. Exchanges, joint seminars, lecture series and collaborations of various kinds between researchers from participating institutes are common practice, and are announced in a weekly newsletter. LOT organizes and coordinates the training of graduate students in linguistics. Each year, LOT organizes a winter school in January and a summer school in June/July. All LOT graduate students can publish their PhD dissertation in the LOT dissertation series. LOT’s research program covers all major areas of linguistics, and exploits a wide range of methodological tools and theoretical frameworks. Recent evaluations of participating institutes are outstanding, and corroborate the excellent quality of linguistic research in the Netherlands.

Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis (NICA)

NICA is the Dutch national research school in cultural analysis, studies, and theory; generally, in interdisciplinary and theoretical humanities research. The school offers graduate courses for research master and PhD students, and serves as a professional network for affiliated scholars. Presently based at the University of Amsterdam, the school welcomes the participation of scholars and students of all Dutch universities. For more information, please refer to NICA offers a yearly series of activities that are open to all research master and PhD students as well as staff members. Our activities include: a Summer and Winter School, Masterclasses, Ateliers (single-day workshops dedicated to a single topic), seminars, reading groups, tutorials, and lectures. For a continuously updated overview of our events, see

Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies (NISIS)

The Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies (NISIS) is a collaboration between nine Dutch universities with a substantive scholarship on Islam and Muslim societies. Participating universities are the University of Amsterdam, VU University Amsterdam, Utrecht University, University of Groningen, Tilburg University, Radboud University Nijmegen, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Maastricht University and Leiden University. As national research school NISIS covers the field in its broadest dimension, by acknowledging that Islam can only be properly studied from different disciplinary angles and with a multidisciplinary sensitivity, without ignoring its doctrinal, cultural and historical specificities. Students and researchers participating in NISIS activities have disciplinary backgrounds in law, history, religious studies, theology, anthropology, sociology, political studies, media studies, security studies and philology. NISIS covers a wide range of regional expertise, as geographically, NISIS members work on the Middle East, Turkey, Iran, Africa, Indonesia, Western Europe, Central Asian, India, Russia and China.

Netherlands Research School of Gender Studies (NOG)

Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies (OSL)

The Netherlands Research School for Literary Studies (OSL) is the national research network for literary theory, comparative literature, Dutch literature, and the literatures of the major modern languages in the Netherlands. It was founded in 1995, and has flourished as a forum for debate and exchange of scholarly views in the field. It also functions as the principal Dutch provider of high standard and cutting-edge education for research students and PhD candidates in this field. Literary Studies is a dynamic discipline. The OSL encourages the study of literature, understood as language art in all its forms, from print to e-book’, as well as literary culture and the question of literariness in its historical and current manifestations and dynamics, from a variety of perspectives. The research of OSL members focuses on modern and contemporary literature. Focal points currently include: Cultural Identity and Memory; Ideology, Ethics and Representation; Remediation, Adaptation, and Translation; Effects, Canonization, and (Institutional) Politics; Postcolonialism and Globalization; Narrative, Reading and Cognition; Aesthetics. The OSL supports and encourages academic meetings and exchanges in these fields. As a network, the school is organized to advance knowledge on literature and literary theory, to introduce young scholars in both classical and cutting edge theories and methodologies, and to update academic peers on relevant developments in the field.

Netherlands School for Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion (NOSTER)

NOSTER is a major platform for research and training in the fields of theology and religious studies in the Netherlands and Flanders. Thirteen research institutes in these fields have joined forces, providing a stimulating environment for some 200 senior members and 100 junior members. In order to familiarise PhD candidates and ReMA students with various forms of research in the field of theology and religious studies and the methods used in them, it offers a training programme for PhD candidates and ReMA students by organizing seminars, conferences, and master classes with renowned scholars, both from the participating institutions and from institutions abroad. In addition, NOSTER stimulates new initiatives and explorations in research, and provides a national forum to further communication between the participating institutes with a view to both short- and long-term collaboration.

N.W. Posthumus Institute – Research School for Economic and Social History (NWP)

The N.W. Posthumus Institute is the Research School for Economic and Social History in the Netherlands and Flanders, including research focusing on non-Western history, world history and social-cultural history. The Posthumus Institute stimulates innovative and advanced interdisciplinary research in economic and social history, organizes joint research programs of participating institutes and provides a PhD training in economic and social history. The institute also provides a program for Research Master students and coordinates the activities of the ESTER International Graduate School.

National Research School in Classical Studies (OIKOS)

OIKOS is the national Research School in Classical Studies of the Netherlands. It is a collaborative institution of six Dutch and one Belgium university: Ghent University (UG), Leiden University (UL), Radboud University Nijmegen (RU), University of Amsterdam (UvA), University of Groningen (RUG), Utrecht University (UU) and VU University Amsterdam (VU). OIKOS organises courses for PhD students and Research Master students, and unites Dutch researchers in eight different research groups, focused on Graeco-Roman antiquity and its reception. OIKOS stimulates and coordinates collaboration between researchers on both national and international level.

Onderzoekschool Mediëvistiek

Research School for Media Studies (RMeS)

The Netherlands Research school for Media Studies (RMeS) is a national network of academic experts in media research whose ambition it is: to provide excellent, state of the art education in media studies to PhD candidates and research master students; to provide a platform for academics who want to exchange expertise, build coalitions between various research groups, to coordinate and prepare joined grant applications, and to represent the field of media studies at national and international levels; to offer a platform for Dutch graduate students in media research at various universities in order to build academic networks with their peers and to get acquainted with specialist research and researchers in their field; to offer an international platform which represents Dutch media scholars in international networks, funding bodies, and scientific/academic councils.

Research School Political History

The Research School Political History is a research network of political historians, aimed at promoting the quality of research and (inter)national cooperation. Besides that, the Research School provides high quality training of PhD students and Research Masters in Political History.