In 2009, eight Dutch universities decided to join forces in a national research school for Islamic studies: the Netherlands Interuniversity School for Islamic Studies (NISIS), one which was officially established on 1 January 2010. In 2013 Maastricht University joined the partnership. As such, NISIS constitutes the first collaboration of nine universities in the history of Dutch scholarship in Islamic studies.


NISIS is a collaborative association of nine universities in the Netherlands constituting a national research  school  in  the field  of  the  study  of  Islam  and  Muslim  societies.


NISIS is governed by a board consisting of nine members. The interim director of NISIS, Petra de Bruijn, implements policy and is in charge of the developments of the school’s activities. She is assisted by an executive committee and an office, staffed by an office manager and a student assistant.


Post-doctoral researchers, PhD candidates and research master students are invited to apply for NISIS membership.