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    Niels Stensen Fellowship alumni form an informal network of academics who reach out to each other especially in the first years after their fellowship. Some stay in touch for many years after. We encourage knowledge sharing among alumni and are working on an alumni platform that will facilitate further exchange of expertise and experiences.

    Alumni experiences

    Prof. Dr. Geert Janssen

    Prof. Dr. Geert Janssen

    "The Niels Stensen Fellowship not only opened doors to an international career, it inspired me to expand my thinking on globalisation and migration. These are topics that still play a major role in my current research and educational activities."

    Fellowship year: 2005
    Field of study: History
    Host university: University of Oxford, United Kingdom 

    Current role: Professor of Early Modern History

    Dr. Anke Klein

    Dr. Anke Klein

    "The fellowship enabled me to work with one of the world’s best researchers in the field of childhood anxiety."

    Fellowship year: 2016
    Field of study : Behavioural and Social Sciences 
    Host university: Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

    Current role: Associate Professor Developmental and Educational Psychology of the Institute of Psychology at Leiden University

    Rachel Knevel, MD PhD

    Rachel Knevel, MD PhD

    "The Niels Stensen Fellowship gave me the opportunity to specialise in bio information and big data." 

    Fellowship year: 2015
    Field of study: Medicine
    Host University: Harvard Medical School, Boston, United States 

    Current role: Associate professor Leiden University Medical Centre and visiting professor of Newcastle University

    University Medical Centre, The Netherlands

    Dr. Bernard K.H. Pauw

    Dr. Bernard K.H. Pauw

    "The research conducted during my Fellowship at the University Hospital in Zurich resulted in articles that are cited until this day."

    Fellowship year: 2001
    Field of study: Medicine
    Host University: University Hospital Zürich, Switzerland 

    Current role: retired 

    Dr. Joeri van Leeuwen

    Dr. Joeri van Leeuwen

    "During the Fellowship, I developed new methods for signal analysis. After my return to The Netherlands, we applied these in the building of a new high-tech radio telescope."

    Fellowship year: 2005
    Field of study : Technology
    Host University: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

    Current role: Senior Astronomer at ASTRON and Affiliated Associate Professor at the University of Amsterdam

    Dr. Trude Dijkstra

    Dr. Trude Dijkstra

    "The Niels Stensen Fellowship gave me the precious gift of time. Time I used, not only to do in depth research, but, perhaps more importantly, to foster and nurture those unexpected serendipitous thoughts and connections that so often lead to outcomes you weren't even aware you were looking for."

    Fellowship year: 2020
    Field of study: History
    Host university: The Warburg Institute, University of London

    Alumni overview

    Fellowship Countries

    Statistics 2013-2022

    Niels Stensen Fellowship alumni come from different Dutch universities and represent a wide range of disciplines.

    Dutch University Of Origin
    Scientific Discipline

    Niels Stensen Fellowship 1960-2020

    The Niels Stensen Fellowship has been around for over 60 years and in this booklet we let a large number of alumni speak about their experiences and adventures during their time as fellows.

    Niels Stensen Fellowship 1960-2020 - 60 jaar Fellows vertellen


    Niels Stensen Fellowship organizes annual conferences on the link between science and society. The debate among alumni is inspired by high profile speakers from the Netherlands and abroad.

    Past Conferences
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