Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship

The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship welcomes outstanding PhD candidates working on the art history of the Low Countries whose principal concern is object-based research.

Applications are invited for:

The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for art historical research

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will enable one PhD candidate annually to base part of their research at the Rijksmuseum. 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 or object-related archival research. The Fellow’s progress will be assessed in consultation with his/her supervisors at the university and the Rijksmuseum, to determine if the renewal of the Fellowship for a second year is desirable. The Fellowship will preferably result in a publication, the content and form of which will be decided by the Fellow and his/her academic supervisors in consultation with the Rijksmuseum. The Rijksmuseum will provide working space for the Fellows, 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.

Eligibility

  • The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship supports individuals engaged in postgraduate university studies leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Science (DSc) degree, whose research is compatible with the Fellowship position. The candidate has to have a university-affiliated supervisor.
  • Fellowships are open to candidates of all nationalities and with varied specialisms. They may include art historians, curators, conservators and historians.
  • Candidates should have proven research capabilities, academic credentials and excellent command of the English language – both written and spoken. Proficiency in a second language (ideally Dutch or German) is preferred but not required.

Funding

Fellowship stipends are awarded to help support a Fellow’s study and research efforts during the tenure of their appointment. Funding is available for one Fellowship a year. The stipend of €33,000 (subject to taxes and deductions) is for a period of twelve months commencing 1 September 2018, the start of the academic year. This is a one-year Fellowship, with the possibility of renewal for one additional year. The Fellowship will allow for limited travel for research in art collections and archives elsewhere in Europe to a maximum value of €5,000 annually. The Rijksmuseum will cover visa fees for the Fellow, but not for dependents.

Application and procedure

Complete applications have to be submitted through our online application system. Please follow the link below to learn about the required documents for application.

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The closing date for all applications is 14 January 2018, at 6:00 p.m. (Amsterdam time/CET), but candidates are encouraged to apply at their earliest convenience. No applications will be accepted after the 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 be made by an international committee in February 2018. The committee consists of eminent scholars in the relevant fields of study from European universities and institutions, and members of the curatorial staff of the Rijksmuseum. Applicants will be notified by 1 March 2018. All Fellowships will start in September 2018.

Further information

  • For questions concerning the application procedure, contact Marije Spek, Coordinator of the Fellowship Programme (m.spek@rijksmuseum.nl), +31 (0)20-6747395.
  • For questions concerning the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, contact Frits Scholten, Senior Curator of Sculpture (f.scholten@rijksmuseum.nl), +31 (0)20 674 7243