LOT is the acronym of 'Landelijke Onderzoekschool Taalwetenschap' and unites 400 faculty members and 150 PhD students.
LOT typically organizes the training of graduate students in linguistics. Each year, a LOT Winter School is held in January and a LOT Summer School takes place in June/July. Furthermore, all LOT graduate students can publish their dissertation in the LOT dissertation series.
LOT was officially established in June 1994 by the Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences (KNAW- Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences). Henk Schultink played a central role in founding LOT. The Schultink lecture, held at every LOT summer and winter school is named after him.This ‘school’ soon acquired an international reputation as a result of the policy of systematically inviting well-known linguists from abroad as teachers for one of the biannual summer or winter schools.
The research by the LOT institutes covers all major areas of linguistics, and exploits a wide range of methodological tools and theoretical frameworks. Recent evaluations of participating institutes are outstanding, and corroborate the excellent quality of linguistic research in the Netherlands.
LOT is one of the 16 national graduate schools in the humanities united in LOGOS, the Landelijke Onderzoekscholen in de Geesteswetenschappen.