Call for Proposals KB Researcher-in-Residence Program 2018

Deadline for applications is 1 September 2017

The Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB), National Library of the Netherlands is seeking proposals for its Researcher-in-residence program to start in 2018. This program offers a unique chance to early career researchers to work in the library with the Digital Humanities team and KB data. In return, we learn how researchers use the data of the KB.

Two tracks

This year academic researchers with a background in Humanities, Social Sciences, Computer Science or Artificial Intelligence are invited to apply for one of the two following tracks: 1) an ‘open track’ in which your Humanities or Social Sciences research question will be addressed in a six-month project using the digital collections of the KB and computational techniques. 2) An ‘information extraction track’ in which Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence experts as well as Social Sciences and Humanities scholars are invited to use or collaborate in ongoing research on extracting structured data from the KB’s extensive collections of unstructured text.

For both tracks you will be assisted by a research software engineers. The output of the project will be incorporated in the experimental platform of the KB, the KB (link is external) Lab and is ideally beneficial for a larger (scholarly) community.


What is on offer?

  • A secondment with the KB for 0,5 fte for a period of 6 months based on current salary
  • Access to all datasets of the KB,
  • Office space,
  • Travel costs within the Netherlands,
  • Support from a programmer, researcher, collection and data specialists.

How to apply?

Please use the template to formulate your research proposal and submit this as a pdf before 1 September 2017 via the emailadress (link sends e-mail), after having carefully read the terms and conditions. The form contains the following elements: details, project description (including research question, theoretical background and applied methods and techniques), outcomes, work plan, personal background, your availability in 2018 and a checkbox on the terms and conditions of the KB. Before you start working on your proposal, you are strongly advised to contact (link sends e-mail) in advance of proposal submission to discuss eligibility, project details, prerequisites, and KB support with the Digital Humanities team.

More details, and the template and other documentation can be found here.