Rubicon subsidies from NWO for promising young UvA academics

4 April 2006

NWO has awarded a number of promising UvA researchers with a so-called Rubicon subsidy. The awarded researchers were selected because of their gift for innovating and pioneering research at excellent national or international institutes. Two international researchers will be carrying out their research at the UvA; besides four young researchers who have recently obtained their PhD degree at the UvA will receive a subsidy.

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a number of promising UvA researchers with a so-called Rubicon subsidy. The awarded researchers were selected because of their gift for innovating and pioneering research at excellent national or international institutes.

Rubicon subsidies precede Veni subsidies and are meant for researchers who have recently obtained their PhD degree in order to give them the opportunity to obtain experience in carrying out research abroad. There are also funds for international researchers for conducting research in the Netherlands; two awarded international scholars will be carrying out their research at the UvA. Besides, four young researchers who have recently obtained their PhD degree at the UvA will receive a subsidy. A total of 32 research applications have been awarded; together the researchers will receive 1.1 million euros.

Research by international scholars to be conducted at the UvA

  • Dr P. Casella (Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF), Italië): High Energy observations of Neutron Stars and Black Holes
  • Dr S. Ghosh (Visva-Bharati University India): Nonmonotonic reasoning, revision processes and games.

Research by scholars who obtained their PhD degree at the UvA

  • Dr Irfan Ahmad: Contesting Islamism: Immanent Critique of Jamaat-e-Islami of India (1941 to the present). This research will be conducted at the International Institute for the Study of Islam in the Modern World (ISIM) in Leiden.
    Ahmad obtained his PhD degree at the UvA on 29 November 2005 with his resarch on the ideological transformation of the Indian muslim organisation Jamaat-e-Islami.
  • Dr Koenraad Jonckheere: The Giro d'Italia of Netherlandish artists. Social restraint versus social upgrade (1500-1650). This research will be conducted at the Warburg Institute in Londen.
    In his research for which he obtained his PhD degree at the UvA on 28 September Jonckheere cast a new light on the exclusive, international art trade of the late Dutch Golden Age, making use of the auction of Willem III’s (1713) collection of paintings.
  • Dr Troy Lee: Algebraic Techniques for Formula Size Lower Bounds. This research will be carried out at the Université Paris.
    In his research for which he obtained his PhD degree at the UvA on 11 January 2006, Lee focused on Kolmogorov-complexity, with which the behaviour of a theoretical limit of data compression can be studied.
  • Dr Karen Witsenburg: Fight, negotiate or resign? Ownership of communal water resources in Kenya’s borderlands. This research will be conducted Moi University (Eldoret, Kenia).
    Witsenburg obtained her PhD degree at the UvA on 21 October 2004 with her research Surviving pastoral decline. Pastoral sedentarisation, natural resource management and livelihood diversification in Marsabit District, Northern Kenya.

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