Working for the Academy

Working for the Academy means working at the very heart of science and scholarship. Most of the Academy’s employees work for one of its fourteen research institutes. They either conduct research themselves or assist the researchers. The Academy adheres to the employment terms set out in the Collective Agreement for Universities in the Netherlands.


The Academy is responsible for fourteen research institutes that together employ about 1,300 staff. The institutes are active in the humanities, the social sciences and the life sciences. The institutes investigate a wide variety of subjects, ranging from the history of the Second World War to stem cells, from the phenomenon of sleep to the Frisian language, and from the Great Tit population to medieval manuscripts. The Academy institutes play a leading role in Dutch research. They serve as national centres of expertise, manage unique infrastructures, and provide access to world-famous collections.

Learned society

The oldest pillar of the Academy is the learned society, which unites the best scientists and scholars from every conceivable discipline. The society advises the Dutch Government on policy, integrity and quality issues related to science and research. It also organises activities intended  to foster knowledge-sharing and knowledge generation.

Academy Bureau

The Academy’s research institutes and its learned society are assisted by the Academy Bureau, which has a staff of approximately 130. The Academy Bureau is located in the Trippenhuis Building in Amsterdam.