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The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) has announced its selection of two University of Amsterdam (UvA) projects for the Programma Akademie-assistenten (Academy Assistants programme).

The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) has announced its selection of two University of Amsterdam (UvA) projects for the Programma Akademie-assistenten (Academy Assistants programme). Designed to get Master's students involved in research, the programme will enable the Academy Assistants to work an average of one day a week on a UvA research project. In total, the KNAW selected 13 projects for inclusion in the programme in the 2010-2012 period.

UvA projects selected by KNAW

Faculty of Humanities
Ten Academy Assistants from the UvA will be taking part in innovative technological and methodological research centring on 'The Cultural Industry in Amsterdam's Golden Age' databank. Through a combination of archival and literature research, the students will link data relating to people, artworks, commerce and migration.

Faculty of Law
Academy Assistants from the UvA will join scholars at the Amsterdam Center for International Law (ACIL) in a leading global research project entitled ‘International Law in Domestic Courts' (ILDC). The appointment is an opportunity for the Academy Assistants to expand their knowledge about the function of international law and to develop research skills. Moreover, by taking part in this project, they are joining a large international network of beginning and experienced researchers with whom they will collaborate on publications, workshops and trainings

About the Academy Assistant Programme

The Academy Assistants Programme is an initiative of the KNAW and the Dutch National Student Association (Interstedelijk Studenten Overleg, ISO) and is financed by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The programme enables outstanding students to get first-hand experience of high-quality university education and research whilst stimulating their interest in scholarly research and in pursuing academic careers.