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Impact of Covid-19 on the Dutch Academic Job Market in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Currently, the academic labour market does not seem to have been strongly affected by the Covid-19 crisis. Universities have changed the deadlines for applications, but they continue to open new positions. Still, academics from universities do express their concerns about funding opportunities, as the Young Academy Leiden position paper clearly emphasizes.[1]


[1] https://www.universiteitleiden.nl/en/yal/projects/yal-during-corona/yal-corona-paper/corona-position-paper-kopie

Responses adopted by the National Funding Agency

  • The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NOW) gave an automatic extension to projects that start before 31 December 2020; the extension runs to 31 December 2021.
  • NWO will extend reporting deadlines for ongoing research by four months.
  • For postdocs, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) organizes few research programs for talented researchers: Rubicon, Veni,Vidi, and Vici. The talent Program 'Veni, Vidi, Vici' gears grants to different stages in a researcher's scientific career. Veni is for researchers who have recently obtained their PhD.; Vidi, for researchers who have gained several years of research experience after their PhD.; and Vici, for senior researchers who have demonstrated an ability to develop their line of research.

Veni, Vidi, Vici Round 2020.

  • For the Veni Round 2020, The interview selection was moved from May 2020 to June 2020. To ensure that candidates have sufficient time to prepare for the next Veni round (2021), the deadline for submitting pre-proposals in the domains SSH, AES and ZonMw will be moved from September 2020 to January 2021.
  • The Vidi current round met has met with changes as well. The current round and the next one overlap.


Rubicon program.

For Rubicon 2020-21, the deadline of 31 March 2020 has been canceled, and the new deadline set on 12 May 2020. As a consequence, all activities were postponed accordingly.

Responses adopted by Universities.[2]

University of Amsterdam.

Current open positions:


University of Amsterdam offers emergency financial support for those affected by Covid-19


Leiden, The Netherlands

There are current open positions at Leiden University:


The Young Academy Leiden expressed its concerns about the impact of Covid-19 on teaching, career and personal issues. The recommendations can be read here:



[2] As it appears in the document commonly created by EUI PhD Researchers: 

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