Call for nominations Van Doorn Chair | Van Doorn Fellowship

The prof. dr. J.A.A. van Doorn Chair and the associated Fellowship was set up in honour of one of the Netherlands' leading sociologists and the founder of the Sociology programme at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR). He was the first dean of the current Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences (ESSB) in 1963.
The prof. dr. J.A.A. van Doorn Chair/Fellowship is a collaboration between the Department of Public Administration and Sociology at EUR and NIAS-KNAW.

Prof.dr. J.A.A. van Doorn Chair/Fellowship

The Chair and the Fellowship are both on the basis of recommendation and by invitation. The focus of the Chair/Fellowship is on the analysis of the relationship between social processes on the one hand and policy and administration on the other. The person holding the Chair/Fellowship is expected to be able to connect with the style of Van Doorn. That is to say: to have a broad orientation towards an analysis of societal, political and administrative issues with a strong historical basis. As in the themes analysed by Van Doorn: the relationship between modernization, rationalization and technocracy, colonial history or the sociological analysis of military organizations and the use of force.
The holder of the Chair will present the Van Doorn lecture during her or his tenure.


Preference is given to a leading social scientist (preferably a sociologist or public administration expert) with very broad theoretical and empirical experience in the field of societal issues and the analysis of policy and administration. For a large part of these five months, the holder of the Chair can work on his or her own research as Van Doorn Fellow of NIAS, in addition to giving a limited number of lectures, seminars, master classes, lectures etc. to students, PhD students and staff of Erasmus School of Social and Behavioural Sciences/Erasmus University Rotterdam.


The Curatorium of the prof. dr. J.A.A. van Doorn Chair | Fellowship consists of:

  • The chairman of the Department of Public Administration and Sociology, which is currently prof. dr. R.J. Van der Veen;
  • The director of NIAS, which is currently prof. dr. Jan Willem Duyvendak;
  • The dean of the Erasmus Graduate School of Social Sciences and the Humanities, which is currently prof. dr. Liesbet van Zoonen.


Deadline for nomination: 15 April 2019
Preferred starting date of the appointment: 1 February 2020.
In principle, the appointment is for a period of 5 months
NIAS location, Amsterdam


Deadline for nominations: 15 April 2019

Nomination, with short motivation, send to: 

Prof. dr. R.J. van der Veen, chairman Curatorium prof. dr. J.A.A. van Doorn Chair | Fellowship
Citing, nomination prof. dr. J.A.A. van Doorn Chair | Fellowship

Contact person for inquiries:

Marjolein Kooistra, secretary | | 010 408 2135 | Mandeville Building T15-27b Erasmus University Rotterdam

Previous chair holders

Prof. dr. mr. Mark Bovens
Professor of Public Administration at Utrecht University

Prof. dr. mr. Kees Schuyt
Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Amsterdam (1991- 2007)

Prof. dr. Evelyn Ruppert
Professor of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London


More information

Contact person: Marjolein Kooistra | | 010 408 2135

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