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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

Must-Have-Read: Catherine Bell, Ritual: Perspectives & Dimensions

Update 18 February: We have reached the maximum number of participants. New registrations will be placed on a waiting list.  Teaching staff: Dr. William Arfman Course description: The study of ritual practices brings one to the heart of what actual lived religion is all about. It is in ritual that beliefs, bodies and objects collide […]

1.5 - 3.0 EC 14 May 2021

Summer School in Indonesia ‘Discourse Analysis in Religious Studies’

In collaboration with the Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, NOSTER presents a Summer School on ‘Discourse Analysis in Religious Studies’ with local and international participants. Together with the lecturer of this course, participants will travel to Indonesia for this one-time special event in the multireligious context of Yogyakarta. The location enables field trips to important […]

5 EC 01 Jun 2021
News & Events
In memoriam Vincent Brümmer (Stellenbosch 30 December 1932 – Bilthoven, 30 March 2021)

In memoriam Vincent Brümmer (Stellenbosch 30 December 1932 – Bilthoven, 30 March 2021)

In the Holy Week of 2021, the first academic director of NOSTER, Professor Vincent Brümmer, died at the age of 88. When spending Christmas 2017 in Gambia, where his eldest daughter and her family live, Vincent became unwell. On his return he was diagnosed with cancer and treated with chemotherapy, in the hope that he […]

PThU is looking for two Postdoc fellows to write a (individual) grant application (1 fte, 6 months from 1 July 2021)

PThU is looking for two Postdoc fellows to write a (individual) grant application (1 fte, 6 months from 1 July 2021)

More about this Postdoc Fellowship With this vacancy you will have the opportunity to prepare a grant application, for example for a Rubicon or Veni. Another grant is also possible, as long as you make it clear why this is a promising project and why it is in line with the mission and vision of […]

Full time position for contract PhD candidate

Are you interested in the impact of global processes on the religious identity formation of people? Or do you want to know how Christian practices and beliefs can contribute to good life? Are you looking for an opportunity to dive into a specific theological topic in search of new insights? The Protestant Theological University offers […]

Christianity Worldwide Research Webinar for external PhD Candidates

Christianity Worldwide Research Webinar for external PhD Candidates

A team of senior scholars in the field of intercultural, comparative and ecumenical theology, missiology and mission studies is currently developing a research webinar on Christianity Worldwide (working title), due to start in September 2021. As we aim primarily at external PhD candidates (buitenpromovendi) working in their home country, this research seminar will be taught […]

13 Sep 2021

CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS Spring Conference 2021 – Extended Deadline

The deadline for this Call has been extended until 25 March 2021. The Spring Conference: one of the highlights of NOSTER’s curriculum. In this two-day conference on 22-23 April on Zoom, you can engage with the work of your peers and listen to a keynote lecture. The perfect place to discover the ‘academic conference’ formula […]

25 Mar 2021
The Nature and Logic of God’s Love

The Nature and Logic of God’s Love

‘God is love’ is a central Biblical notion, but what does this ‘love’ mean and how does it function? Theological definitions of love have discerned aspects of intentionality, emotion, disposition, relation, vulnerability and suffering. The internal logic of love differs from a logic of power. Power often is a zero-sum game: the powerful wins what […]

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 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, 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 […]