About the NISIS Training Programme

In its capacity as an officially recognised national research school, NISIS has developed a NISIS Training Programme. As such, it contributes to successful completion of individual research master programmes or dissertation projects in the domain of the study of Islam and Muslim societies.

Mission statement

NISIS makes a valuable contribution to the education of PhD candidates and research master students by

  • enlarging and deepening the already existing knowledge of Islam and Muslim societies;

  • providing insight and participation in the current academic debate;

  • stimulating to write about and present projects throughout the PhD trajectory;

  • introducing the candidates to an international network of scholars in the field;

  • creating an academic community in which research in the field of Islam and Muslim societies can be optimally pursued;

  • mediating between a new generation of researchers and innovative disciplinary and interdisciplinary developments, theoretical and methodological initiatives and explorations in the field.


The NISIS Training Programme offers NISIS PhD candidates and research master students the opportunity to obtain at least 20 EC a year. The Training Programme consists of:

  • the NISIS Spring School (5 EC)

  • the NISIS Autumn School (5 EC)

  • a yearly Islamic Studies Network Day (1 EC)

  • NISIS course ‘Traveling through Islam Research in the Netherlands’ (4 EC, offered every semester)

  • additional courses, workshops and seminars (from 1 EC)

In order to obtain credits for participation in the activities of the NISIS Training Programme, PhD candidates and research master students will be evaluated by members of the NISIS board. PhD candidates and research master students will be judged on the basis of the distinctive criteria listed in the course descriptions. Elaborate course descriptions can be found here.

NISIS Autumn School 2013 | Utrecht University

NISIS Autumn School 2013 | Utrecht University

PhD candidates

PhD candidates who obtain 15 EC within the framework of the NISIS Training Programme, receive the NISIS Research Certificate. Additional requirements to receive this certificate are: the EC are gained in at least two Seasonal School, one NISIS Islamic Studies Network Day and one NISIS Course: ‘Traveling through Islam Research in the Netherlands.’ All PhD candidates are welcome to continue participating in the NISIS Training Programme after obtaining the NISIS Research Certificate.

PhD candidates who wish to shape their training programme, in NISIS context, differently, may in principle do so, but should consult their supervisor and get his/her consent. In order to do so, the PhD candidate should hand in a tailored training programme to the NISIS administration together with written approval from the supervisor. The NISIS examination board will then decide on the compatibility of this individual programme with the NISIS Research Certificate.

Please find the time and EC schedule for PhD candidates here:

Research master students

NISIS Islamic Studies Network Day 2014

NISIS Islamic Studies Network Day 2014

Research master students may obtain credits (EC) for their participation in the NISIS Training Programme. After successful completion of the course requirements, NISIS issues an official certificate indicating the student’s participation in the NISIS training course as well as the course load in EC. 

EC earned in the NISIS Training Programme may be included in individual research master study programmes by submitting NISIS certificates to the research master’s administration. The possibility to include EC earned in the NISIS Training Programme in individual study programmes is guaranteed for students enrolled in the faculties of Humanities throughout the Netherlands.

Students from other faculties at Dutch universities and foreign students need to consult their student counsellor about the possibility to include EC earned in the NISIS Training Programme in their individual study programmes. Please note that formal recognition of EC obtained in the NISIS Training Programme falls under the responsibility of the examination board of the respective studyprogramme.

Please find the time and EC schedule here.

Additional training activities

In addition to the regular NISIS training activities (the annual Autumn and Spring Schools, the annual NISIS Islamic Studies Network Day and the NISIS Course: ‘Traveling through Islam research in the Netherlands’). NISIS can facilitate in the organisation of additional training activities, run by NISIS members. The activities may take several forms: one-day events (symposiums, workshops) or long-term activities (lecture series, theme groups).

Junior as well as senior NISIS members may apply for NISIS recognition and support for an additional training activity run by themselves. Applications have to be submitted to the NISIS board before the 1st of March of each year in order to become part of the NISIS curriculum of the following academic year. The NISIS examination and education committee reviews and awards the applications.

Please read about the criteria for the organisation of additional activities in this document.

PhD defence regulations for NISIS PhD candidates

- The contribution by NISIS to the accomplishment of the dissertation has to be mentioned in the dissertation;
- The PhD candidate sends five copies of the dissertation to the NISIS bureau: for archive and visitations;
- The PhD candidate informs the NISIS bureau two months on beforehand or as early as possible about the date  of the defence and he/she sends an invitation for the ceremony;
- The NISIS bureau announces the defence on the website and sends an email to all NISIS members;
- The supervisor takes care of the implementation of the protocol.

Regulations and institutions

To read more about the regulations with regard to NISIS membership and participation in the NISIS Training Programme, and about the institutions related to the programme (the Examination and Education Committee, The Junior Research Council, the Programme Coordinator and the Confidential Advisor): please refer to this document. Read more about how to apply for NISIS membership.

Last Modified: 23-06-2015