Nathanael Nathanael Ali

International regulation increasingly requires banks to take proactive measures to tackle terrorism financing. This has led to the taking of severe risk-avoidance measures by banks, resulting in the financial exclusion of poor societies in the developing world. My research seeks to understand the risk-based decision making processes of international banks and explore possible ways of integrating global justice-consciousness and responsibility in those processes. Previously, I held visiting fellowships at University of Cambridge, Queen Mary University of London, and Hofstra University in New York. I have law degrees from the Netherlands and his native Ethiopia. I will leave to the Center for the Study of Law and Society, School of Law, University of California Berkeley, USA in February 2017.

Eveline Eveline Bruinstroop

As a medical doctor I am confronted with the major health threats of obesity and diabetes on a daily basis. These are associated with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) due to accumulation of fat in the liver leading to an insufficient function of this organ. Currently, there are no approved drug therapies for this condition. My proposed experiments will investigate novel treatment targets for NAFLD in the renowned laboratory of Professor Paul Yen at Duke-NUS Medical Graduate School in Singapore. I will temporarily move there with my husband and twins of four and my youngest of two years old.

Nora Nora Stel

The notion of ‘shelter in the region’ is increasingly important in Europe’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis, but the local dynamics of such regional hosting and their implications for refugees and host societies are often poorly understood. In Lebanon, where currently over one fourth of the population consists of Syrian refugees, this is especially poignant as refugees are not facilitated in official camps but relegated to informal settlements that are not registered or governed by any formal authority. My research project explores the institutions that shape daily life inside these communities and their relations with local state representatives. The project will be hosted by the Governance and Local Development Program at Gothenburg University and fieldwork will be conducted with the support of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.


Jasper de Groot

One of the most compelling puzzles facing scientists today, according to Science, is: “Do pheromones influence human behavior?” During my PhD (cum laude) on the social communication of human odors at Utrecht University, I developed a framework to explain how humans forge systematic (learned) associations between olfactory input and social information. The Niels Stensen fellowship enables me to assess this capacity, by combining psychological expertise with prof. Gottfried’s, MD, PhD (University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), Philadelphia) knowledge on odor learning and odor identity coding in the brain. The 12-month project will start in October 2017; my wife and newborn son will accompany me.

Fleur Fleur Jongepier

This research project concentrates on the role and value of self-knowledge in contemporary liberalism. The idea that individuals themselves know best what they believe, want or intend forms the foundational principle of liberalism. It is in part due to this ‘assumption of self-knowledge’, that others should refrain from interfering with our choices. The self-knowledge assumption raises two important questions. First, what sort of self-knowledge, exactly, lies at the heart of contemporary liberalism? Second, is it actually true that individuals “know best” what they want, believe and intend? This project aims to explore these two fundamental questions, thereby aiming to illuminate the role and value of self-knowledge in contemporary liberalism. The research project will be carried out at the Faculty of Philosophy in Cambridge, UK, starting August 2017.


Anke Klein

Anxiety disorders are the most frequent mental disorders in children, and they make other disorders and impairments more likely. Unfortunately, anxiety treatments for children are far from optimal; approximately 40% of the children still experience anxiety following treatment. Based on the current theoretical understanding of the origin of anxiety disorders, treatments could be made much more effective by tailoring them to the child’s specific anxiety disorder. With this fellowship, I hope to further improve treatment for childhood anxiety disorders. The research will be conducted in collaboration with Prof. Schneider and her research team at the Ruhr University Bochum, Germany. 

Zlatan Zlatan Mujagic
I am a medical doctor and resident at the department of gastroenterology-hepatology at Maastricht University Medical Centre. In 2015 I have completed my PhD at Maastricht University, which focused on the aetiology and diagnosis of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, a functional gastrointestinal disorder.
The Niels Stenson fellowship allows me to continue this work, for which in 2017 I will travel to the Imperial College London, UK, to study the relation between blood metabolites, gut microbiota and disease characteristics of Irritable Bowel Syndrome.