Three research schools with which the UvA is involved are each to receive 850,000 euros for the development of young academic talent. The schools concerned are the Netherlands Institute for Cultural Analysis, Yield, and the Graduate Programme Latin American Studies. These grants will allow each of the graduate schools to assist four doctoral candidates in developing their own ideas.
Grants were awarded to eleven of the sixteen research schools that applied for them. The funds are part of the NWO's (Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) Graduate Programme. The purpose of this is to further strengthen the graduate schools' educational and research programmes that focus on young academic talent.
Graduate schools are constituent parts of one or more universities/institutions and focus on very talented students aspiring to an academic career. Even as early as their Master’s programme, these bright prospects can acquaint themselves with scientific research. The graduate schools are able to attract the finest national and international talent, from among whom candidates with the greatest potential are selected to take up a doctoral position. The outstanding educational and research facilities provided are modelled on some of the most successful initiatives in the world.
Research schools and graduate schools can apply for grants from the NWO's Graduate Programme. The applications are evaluated by external advisors and a broad scientific committee.