Gebied Geesteswetenschappen van de Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO/GW)

Name translated in English

Council for the humanities

Postal address

PO Box 93120
2509 AC The Hague
The Netherlands

Visiting address

Laan van Nieuw Oost Indië 300
2593 CE Den Haag


+31 (0)70 34 40 818


+31 (0)70 34 71 623

E-mail   TANAP coordinator NWO Mw. drs. M. Berendsen




  • to promote the quality of research in the field of humanities;
  • to initiate and stimulate the innovation of research in the field of humanities;
  • to stimulate the transfer of knowledge developed in research subsidized by NWO/Humanities;
  • to promote the coordination of the humanities


The Humanities department originated in 1988, when the General Committee of the predecessor of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) set up seven foundations for various fields of humanities under auspices of the new created Humanities department. In 1994 the General Committee of NWO reduced the number of humanities fields to four and in 1998 it abolished the foundations. From then on the Humanities department was fully responsible for the research policy and the allocation of the financial means. The board of the Humanities department gives account to the General Committee of NWO.

The council for the Humanities department is assisted by four advisory committees, which have an important vote in the annual procedure for the application of subsidies. These panels cover a wide range of disciplines:

  • historical sciences, including history of art and archeology
  • language, speech and logic
  • literary theory, musicology and drama research
  • philosophy and theology

Two committees advice the board about individual applications for Ph.D. research, individual postdoctoral projects, applications for small scale research programmes and applications for subsidies for the temporarily replacement of scholars to offer them the opportunity to finish an important publication.

Dutch Research Schools can also apply for subsidies to cover the costs of international cooperation projects, like workshops, expert meetings, conferences, and mutual research programmes.

The Humanities departments only grants subsidies for research programmes and projects of excellent quality.

In addition to the mentioned committees various panels, councils and steering committees develop and manage extensive research programmes. These are often multidisciplinary programmes co-financed by universities and ministries. Generally the budget is financed by universities and ministries.


  • Dyslexia
  • Dutch Culture in an European context
  • Language and Speech Technology
  • Ethics and National Policies
  • The Dutch Multicultural and Pluriform Society
  • Corpus Spoken Dutch
  • Preservation of the Archeological Heritage


  • Gids Geesteswetenschappen 1999-2000 (guide)
  • news letter Dyslexie (Dyslexia)
  • news letter Corpus Gesproken Nederlands (Corpus Spoken Dutch)
  • news letter Geesteswetenschappen (Humanities)
  • news letter Ethiek en beleid (Ethics and Policy)

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