Universiteit Leiden

nl en

Scaliger Institute

The Scaliger Institute facilitates research in Special Collections by initialising projects, organising symposia, publishing research results and fellowships.


Founded by Leiden University Library and the Faculties of Arts, Theology and Philosophy (now the Faculty of Humanities) on the occasion of the 425th anniversary of Leiden University in June 2000, the Scaliger Institute aims to stimulate and facilitate the use of the Special Collections of Leiden University Library in both teaching and research. To this purpose, the Institute offers favourable working conditions and expertise, organizes conferences, master classes, special courses and lectures, among which the Scaliger Lectures, given by the Scaliger professor and other prominent scholars. Furthermore, the Scaliger Institute hosts a fellowship programme for visiting scholars. The objective is that, in close co-operation with the Leiden faculty departments, students are brought in to contact with the wealth and diversity of the Special Collections by means of lectures, courses, masterclasses or otherwise.

The Institute is named after the humanist Josephus Justus Scaliger (1540-1609), one of the most learned men of his day. In 1593, Scaliger accepted an offer to come and work at the newly founded Leiden University without any formal obligations to engage in university teaching, but with the promise of a substantial annual salary. By 1600, he had become the centre of the young university, attracting students and scholars from all over Europe. Among his pupils, were promising students such as Daniel Heinsius and Hugo Grotius. Scaliger left a substantial part of his library to the University Library. Until today, his donation substitutes the core of the collection of Leiden University Library.

Steering Committee

  • Prof. dr. Rick Honings, Scaliger Professor (Chairman)
  • Dr E.C.H. de Bruyn, Centre for the Arts in Society, Literatuurwetenschap
  • Prof. Dr A.F. de Jong, Leids Instituut Godsdienstwetenschappen
  • Dr M. Keblusek, Centre for the Arts in Society, KG Musea en Collecties
  • Prof. Dr F. van Lunteren, Fac. Wis- en Natuurkunde
  • Prof. Dr J.S. Pollmann, Institute for History
  • Dr A.A. Seyed Gohrab, Leiden Institute for Area Studies
  • Prof. Dr I. Sluiter, Department of Greek and Latin Languages and Cultures
  • Dr G. Warnar, Centre for the Arts in Society, Oude Nederlandse L&C

ANBI status

The Scaliger Institute holds a non-profit tax designation.

Name: Stichting Scaliger Instituut
RSIN/Fiscal number: 850292505
Address: Witte Singel 27, 2311 BG Leiden

This website uses cookies.