FASoS News

In Memoriam – Simon Duke

In the past week, the tragic news reached us that Simon Duke, a respected scholar, colleague and friend of many of us at Maastricht University, unexpectedly passed away on 5 September. Simon worked at the European Institute of Public Administration (EIPA) at the rank of Professor and was also a Senior Research Fellow at Maastricht University. He taught regularly in the Masters of European Public Affairs at FASoS.

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Join the FASoS anniversary committee for the 25th anniversary in 2019

In 2019, FASoS will celebrate its 25th anniversary. To plan various activities and a party an anniversary committee will be formed. Would you like to join the committee? Contact Ruben Janssen at ruben.janssen@maastrichtuniversity.nl.

If you can’t join the committee but have ideas on how to celebrate, please let Ruben know as well.

We’re looking forward to celebrating 25 years of FASoS together!

BA Digital Society receives green light from Den Haag

We are an important step closer to launching the BA Digital Society in 2019. In July, we received the good news that the macro-efficiency test was approved by the Minister for Education, Culture and Science. This means we are allowed to start recruiting students.

The full advice of the Commissie Doelmatigheid Hoger Onderwijs (CDHO) to the Minister can be found on the CDHO website (in Dutch).

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ERC Starting Grant for Hylke Dijkstra

Hylke Dijkstra has been awarded a prestigious 1.5 million euro ERC Starting Grant to analyse the decline and death of international organisations. It allows him to put together a research team with a PostDoc and three PhD candidates. The project will last five years.

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Veni grant for Miriam Meissner

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) has awarded a Veni grant to eight young, highly promising UM scientists. At FASoS Miriam Meissner received a Veni Grant for her research project ‘From minimalism to post-growth?’.

In total 154 young scientists receive a Veni grant worth up to 250,000 euros. The grant provides the laureates with the opportunity to further elaborate their own ideas during a period of three years.

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Open call for Academic Coordinator of the FASoS Graduate School

The FASoS Faculty Board invites applications for the position of Graduate School (GS) Academic Coordinator for the period from 1 November 2018 to 31 August 2020. The Academic Coordinator must hold a PhD degree and be a staff member at FASoS. Applications can be sent to research-fasos@maastrichtuniversity.nl by Friday 20 July 2018.

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BA ES alumna wins CES 2018 Undergraduate Project Prize

Evelin Rizzo, alumna of the BA European Studies, has been awarded the CES’s 2018 Undergraduate Project Prize by the Council for European Studies. Evelin received the prize for an essay based on her bachelor thesis, which analyses the impact of air pollution on the interest of international students to migrate to the European Union. The CES Undergraduate Project Prize recognizes talented undergraduate students in the field of European Studies.

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Important Decisions and announcements FB meetings June 2018

The FASoS Faculty Board held two meetings on 6 and 20 June.


  • The Faculty Board agreed to implement a short procedure with regard to transferring to another research programme by academic staff.
  • The Board decided on the five applications for RSF-/VSF-funding.
  • The ‘FASoS Assessment Policy 2018-2019’ was adopted.

FASoS Education Award 2018 winners announced

During the FASoS education day on Wednesday 6 June, the FASoS Education Award 2018 was presented. This year the BA European Studies prize was awarded to Anke van Wier. There were two winners at the BA Arts and Culture, Amanda Kluveld and Darryl Cressman.

We congratulate Amanda, Darryl and Anke with their prize!

Important Decisions and announcements FB meetings May 2018

The FASoS Faculty Board held two meetings on 9 and 23 May.


  • The Faculty Board, after hearing the Educational Programme Committees concerned and the Faculty Council, appointed two new chairs: Gergana Noutcheva will chair the Undergraduate Programme Committee European Studies, and Georgi Verbeeck will chair the Graduate Programme Committee Arts and Culture as of 1 September 2018.

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