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The Netherlands School for Advanced Studies in Theology and Religion (NOSTER) is the main platform for research and training in the fields of theology and religious studies in the Netherlands and Flanders. It provides a national research context and training programme for about 150 senior researchers, 100 PhD candidates and 50 ReMA students. The following twelve universities participate in NOSTER:

  • Evangelical Theological Faculty, Leuven
  • Leiden University
  • Protestant Theological University
  • Radboud University, Nijmegen
  • Theological University Apeldoorn
  • Theological University Kampen
  • Tilburg University
  • University of Amsterdam
  • University of Groningen
  • University of Humanistic Studies
  • Utrecht University
  • Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

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upcoming courses
Grand Course 2020

Grand Course 2020

NOSTER Grand Course 2020 The Grand Course consists of two events: 1) a Masterclass with Arie Molendijk on “Exploring the Postsecular” on Thursday 5 November 2020 from 10:00-12:30 at Fletcher hotel Amersfoort and 2) the NOSTER 25th Anniversary Conference on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 November 2020 on Zoom. NOSTER will provide a live connection […]

1.5 (with option for 3 more) EC 05 Nov 2020

Must-Have-Read: Karl Barth’s Römerbrief/De brief aan de Romeinen

Autumn 2020 NB: Course taught in Dutch

02 Nov 2020
Grand Course 2020

Grand Course 2020

NOSTER Grand Course 2020 The Grand Course consists of two events: 1) a Masterclass with Arie Molendijk on “Exploring the Postsecular” on Thursday 5 November 2020 from 10:00-12:30 at Fletcher hotel Amersfoort and 2) the NOSTER 25th Anniversary Conference on Thursday 5 and Friday 6 November 2020 on Zoom. NOSTER will provide a live connection […]

1.5 (with option for 3 more) EC 05 Nov 2020
News & Events

Assessment Committee Praises NOSTER’s PhD Education

In Autumn 2019, NOSTER was assessed as part of the research assessment of the Faculty of Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies of Radboud University. The final version of the committee’s assessment report has recently become available. NOSTER is pleased to learn that, according to the Committee, NOSTER offers “a significantly valuable contribution to PhD education […]

NOSTER Opens Curriculum for Excellent MA Students

NOSTER offers training to young researchers: ReMA students and PhD candidates. However, there are some excellent master students who, although they do not follow a two-year research master programme, still demonstrate good research skills and may opt for a research specialisation or participate in an honours programme. From 1 September, NOSTER will also allow these […]

Generate Publicity for Your New Books

Generate Publicity for Your New Books

The portal Religienet.nl will include a kind of bookshop. Would you like your book to be advertised? Then simply fill-out this form. The books should be written in Dutch and for a non-specialist audience, they should be written or edited by one or more scholars that work at one or more institutions that participate in […]

Religienet to be Launched on 6 November

Religienet to be Launched on 6 November

On 6 November, NOSTER will launch Religienet.nl, a portal that provides an overview of research and education in the field of theology and religious studies in the Netherlands. Visitors can find basic information on 65 BA and MA programmes, tracks or specialisations in theology, religious studies and Islamic studies. We are also delighted that almost […]

Funding opportunities

Funding opportunities

NOSTER offers funding for organising conferences or symposiums (max. €1,500 per conference,) as well as funding for running small projects (max. €1,500 per project). Last year, NOSTER awarded funding for organising the symposiums “African Female Theologians Telling Stories: ‘Connected but Disconnected’” (scheduled for 4 February 2021) and “Logics of Love” (scheduled for 9-10 June 2021), […]

New PhD Study Programme

As a PhD candidate the scale of the coursework you need to complete at a research school will be determined by your own institution. As far as NOSTER is concerned, you are free to decide which NOSTER curriculum events you wish to participate in. However, you can also opt to follow the NOSTER PhD Study […]

Wouda Succeeds Copier as Curriculum Coordinator

Wouda Succeeds Copier as Curriculum Coordinator

On 1 May, at her own request, an honorable discharge was granted to Jorien Copier MA. Jorien wants to give priority to the completion of her doctoral thesis. For over four years, she has worked as a curriculum coordinator for NOSTER. We thank her for her great efforts. As of that same day, Fokke Wouda […]

Changes to the NOSTER Curriculum Due to the Corona Pandemic

Changes to the NOSTER Curriculum Due to the Corona Pandemic

Because of the measures taken by the Dutch government to combat the corona pandemic, the NOSTER Spring Conference, which was scheduled for 23-24 April, will not take place in Driebergen. The NOSTER office is currently moving the research presentations and discussions to online sessions on the same dates. Those who have registered for the Spring […]

Information about General Data Protection Regulation

As of 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has become law. NOSTER wants to be transparent about how it processes the personal data of those who have registered at NOSTER. On the other hand, a rigid interpretation and application of this law would not only result in a significant amount of administrative […]