Welcome to the new generation of museum professionals! 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.

The purpose of the Rijksmuseum Fellowship Programme is to strengthen the bonds between museums and universities and encourage exchange of knowledge. We offer highly talented candidates the opportunity to base part of their research at the Rijksmuseum. With access to the museum’s expertise, collections, library and laboratories, workshops and excursions.

What subjects can you research?

The Rijksmuseum currently runs five Fellowship Programmes covering diverse research areas: from art and cultural history to American photography, from conservation and scientific research through to Chinese art. Check out details of each Fellowship:

There will be no Terra fellow in 2022 – 2023.

How to apply

Recruitment will start this fall. Check our website for updates.

Where to stay - ín style

The candidates who win the seven Fellowships 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.