The Rijksmuseum houses the world’s largest collection of Dutch artistic and historical treasures, and the most complete library on Dutch art. The museum re-opened its doors to the public in April 2013 following a ten-year renovation that completely transformed the institution. For the first time in its history, the paintings, sculpture, decorative arts and historical artefacts are being shown together in a chronological display. This innovative curatorial approach presents the public with an overview of the art and history of the Netherlands from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century.
The aim of the Rijksmuseum Research Fellowship Programme is to train a new generation of museum professionals: inquisitive object-based specialists who will further develop understanding of Netherlandish art and history for the future. The focus of research should relate to the Rijksmuseum’s collection, and may encompass any of its varied holdings, including Netherlandish paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, prints, drawings, photography and historical artefacts. The purpose of the programme is to enable doctoral candidates to base part of their research at the Rijksmuseum and to encourage the understanding of Netherlandish art and history by offering students and scholars access to the museum’s collections, library, conservation laboratories and curatorial expertise. Partnership and collaboration is at the heart of these fellowships, which provide support for the museum and its research priorities, as well as its academic and non-academic partners.
The Rijksmuseum will provide office space in which the fellows can work, in order to stimulate an exchange of knowledge, ideas and experience. Access will be provided to all necessary information in the museum, as well as to the library and the resources of the Netherlands Institute for Art History (RKD) in The Hague and the University of Amsterdam.
Fellowships are open to students of all nationalities and with varied specialisms. They may include art historians, curators, conservators, historians and scientists. Candidates should have proven research capabilities, academic credentials and excellent written and spoken knowledge of two languages (English and preferably Dutch or German).
For the 2015-2016 academic year, candidates can apply for the following fellowships:
- Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship – Apply here
- DSM-JLL Fellowship – Apply here
- JLL-DSM Fellowship – Apply here
- Johan Huizinga Fellowship – Apply here
- Manfred & Hanna Heiting Fellowship – Apply here
Please ensure that you are fully informed about the documents required for application by following the relevant application link.
The closing date for all applications is 15 March 2015, at 6:00 p.m. (Amsterdam time/CET). No applications will be accepted after this deadline. All applications must be submitted online and in English. Applications or related materials delivered via email, postal mail, or in person will not be accepted.
Selection will take place in April 2015. Applicants will be notified by 1 May 2015. All fellowships will start in September 2015.
Particularly of interest to medievalists are:
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will provide one doctoral fellowship annually. This is a one-year fellowship, with the possibility of renewal for one additional year. Applications should include an outline of the proposed research, related to the Rijksmuseum’s holdings, in which objects are fundamental. A suitable project might entail research into art objects as artistic or historical sources; object-related archival research; or scientific research.
The Johan Huizinga Fund offers outstanding postgraduate candidates the opportunity to conduct historical research into objects in the Rijksmuseum collection. Candidates are invited to submit a research proposal that draws on these objects as subject material and as sources of information. The Johan Huizinga Fund Fellowship is awarded annually and comprises a grant of €16,500 (before tax) for a six-month period during which the candidate is expected to conclude the research and produce a manuscript of approximately 15,000 words in length. Manuscripts found to be of suitable quality will appear as part of the newly launched publication series Rijksmuseum Studies in History.