Hollanda Araştırma Enstitüsü  -  Nederlands Instituut in Turkije


The NIT aims to support scholarly research in the humanities and social sciences with a relation to Turkey through the ages. It offers the following facilities and services.


Researchers who come to Istanbul and want to use the NIT facilities can contact Aysel Arslan at aysel.arslan@nit-istanbul.org for advice on finding accommodation near the institute.

Meetings and conferences

The NIT organizes lectures, workshops and meetings, often in cooperation with Dutch and Turkish institutional partners. The institute can make use of the lecture room and auditorium in Merkez Han, the Koç University building in which the institute is housed.


The NIT has a well-equipped and up-to-date library specializing in the archaeology, history and heritage of Anatolia and surrounding regions. It is a non-lending library open to researchers and students during office hours. Guest researchers staying at the institute have 24-hour access. More information and access to the online catalogue can be found here.

Sponsored research stays

The institute encourages advanced students (MA, PhD) enrolled in or recently graduated from Dutch higher education institutions to spend part of his or her research in Istanbul. Several times each year, a selected candidate’s research is sponsored by the institute by providing free accommodation for up to one month. More information on the 2022 fellowship program can be found here.

Internships and Erasmus+ traineeships

In consultation with the NIT director (see Staff), the institute can occasionally offer non-salaried internship or traineeship placements. Interested students are requested to inquire at their university about the possibilities to receive an Erasmus+ stipend. The NIT cannot offer accommodation or other support to trainees.


The institute offers and hosts courses at BA, MA and Ph.D. levels. Between 2011 and 2014 the intensive summer course Constantinople/Istanbul. History and Heritage in a Global City offered advanced BA students an in-depth, interdisciplinary look at Istanbul’s urban developments in past and present. New editions of this course or other courses will be announced on these pages.