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. Twelve research institutes in these fields have joined forces and provide a national research context and training programme for about 175 senior researchers, 85 PhD candidates and 20 ReMA students.
NOSTER offers a cutting-edge and challenging curriculum in theology and religious studies for junior researchers (ReMA students and PhD candidates) of the participating institutions in the field of theology and religious studies. The program has three major objectives. In the first place, it serves to familiarise the junior researchers with various forms of research and research methodology in the field of theology and religious studies, offering a wide variety of perspectives from both theology and religious studies, building upon and complementing what their home institutions have on offer. Secondly, the programme aims to provide further training in the skills and techniques of the sub-disciplines of the wider field. Finally, NOSTER aims to contribute to the formation of a national academic community in the field of theology and religious studies, a community that consists not only of new generations of researchers in this field but also of established scholars of the participating institutions, sensitising them to innovative disciplinary and interdisciplinary developments, and to theoretical and methodological alternatives. In addition, NOSTER stimulates new initiatives and explorations in research and provides a national platform for foster communication between the participating institutes with a view to both short- and long-term research collaboration.
The following institutions participate in NOSTER: