Rijksmuseum Fellowships

The Rijksmuseum Fellowship programme offers talented candidates a unique opportunity to conduct part of their research with us. You will have access to the expertise of our people, the museum’s collections, library and laboratories. In addition, you will have the opportunity to participate in workshops and field trips.

With our Fellowship Programme we aim to strengthen the bonds between museums and universities and encourage exchange of knowledge.

If you have an international independent research proposal which could open new perspectives on the Rijksmuseum’s history and activities, we’d love to hear from you.

What subject can you research?

There are four different fellowships in the 2022-2023 academic year, each with its own research field:

What will you get from us?

  • A unique fellowship, where research is the central component, but it also provides an insight into the working processes of the internal organization
  • Financial support, time and space for sustainable research
  • In-depth presentation skills training to teach fellows how to speak to a wide audience
  • An unparalleled art collection and an extensive library
  • A number of fellows receive travel grants to visit other collections relevant to their research
  • 3 fellows will receive the chance to reside in the historic Haga House which is located within walking distance of the Rijksmuseum
  • An international network of fellowship alumni who are connected both scientifically and personally

How to apply?

Enthousiastic? Take the next step and apply!

What we need from you:

  • A motivation letter of 250-300 words
  • A research proposal of no more than 1000 words, in which you explain your field of research and its relationship to the Rijksmuseum’s collections and activities.
  • Your resume including education, work experience, honors, awards and publications
  • A preliminary schedule of work during the fellowship
  • A writing sample of 2-5 pages, such as a piece from a publication, recent essay, or a (draft) chapter of your dissertation

Please note, you can only apply online. The closing date is Monday 9 January 2023.

An international committee will make a selection from the candidates at the end of January 2023. This committee consists of eminent scholars from the relevant fields at European universities and institutions, and staff members from curators and curators of the Rijksmuseum.

You will receive notification of your application no later than February 10, 2023. All fellowships will start September 1, 2023.

Where to stay – in style

Three of the fellows have the chance to stay in the Haga Huis. An art-historical monument in its own right, this Amsterdam School-style house is within walking distance of the Rijksmuseum. Fellows have access to this distinctive residence thanks to the Andla Fonds, as part of its mission to support and contribute to art and science.

An international network of alumni

We encourage fellows to form a cohort during their Fellowship with us. Over the years this has created an international network and community, which connects Fellows on both a scholarly and personal level. In many cases, alumni have moved on to notable careers within the academic and museum worlds.

We cannot do this without

The Rijksmuseum Fellowship Programme is made possible by:

The Mellon Foundation
Migelien Gerritzen Fund/Rijksmuseum Fund
Dr. Anton C.R. Dreesmann Fund/Rijksmuseum Fund
Johan Huizinga Fund/Rijksmuseum Fund
Annenberg Foundation/Rijksmuseum Fund
Terra Foundation of American Art

We thank our collaborative partners the J.S. Lee Memorial Fellowship Programme, The Museum of National History at Frederiksborg and Bard Graduate Center.

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