South Asia

Research area

Research type

The J. Gonda Fund Foundation – Gonda Fellowship at IIAS 


  • 2,000 EUR/month (2,927 CAD/month, 29th oct 2023 rate).
  • The IIAS will assist in finding suitable accommodation and will arrange health insurance, office facilities, visa and access to the university library.
  • Roundtrip expenses to the Netherlands (economy class ticket).

Deadline: February, annually

Duration: Three to Six months


Citizenship: Open

General: must be Indologists at post-doctorate level


  • Applicants must be Indologists at a post-doctorate level.
  • Assessment criteria:
  1. The quality of the proposed research project will be reviewed in terms of: 
    1. clear objectives for the research project relevant for the scholarly study of Sanskrit, other Indian languages and literature, or Indian cultural history;    
    2. expected scientific deliverables. A residence at IIAS must lead to a book or an article or a contribution to such;
  2. feasibility of the working programme (including activities visits to persons and institutes in the Netherlands and time schedule); and 2 - added value of a stay in the Netherlands for the research project, e.g. resulting from visits to persons and institutes in the Netherlands.
  3. The scientific achievements of the applicant (curriculum vitae).
  • Applications must be submitted by e-mail to the Board of the Gonda Foundation. An application form is available at applicant must attach two reference letters  concerning the research capability and experience of the applicant.


  • The Gonda Foundation of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences supports the scholarly study of Sanskrit, other classical Indian languages and literatures, and Indian cultural history. The Foundation’s assets consist of the estate of Indologist Jan Gonda, who was a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
  • The International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) is a research and exchange platform based in Leiden, the Netherlands. It encourages the multidisciplinary and comparative study of Asia, and actively promotes national and international cooperation
  • Gonda Fellows are expected to give a public lecture near the end of the fellowship.