Johan Huizinga Fellowship

The Rijksmuseum operates a research Fellowship programme for outstanding candidates working on the art and history of the Low Countries whose principal concern is object-based research.

The aim of the programme is to train a new generation of museum professionals: inquisitive object-based specialists who will further develop understanding of 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 applicants to base part of their research at the Rijksmuseum, to strengthen the bonds between the universities and the Rijksmuseum, and to encourage the understanding of Netherlandish art and history. The programme offers students and academic scholars access to the museum’s collections, library, conservation laboratories and curatorial expertise.

Applications are invited for:

The Johan Huizinga Fellowship for historical research

Postgraduate Fellowship for historical research

The Johan Huizinga Fund/Rijksmuseum 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 Fellowship is awarded annually for a six-month period. The Rijksmuseum will endeavor to enable publication of the Fellow’s research in the series Rijksmuseum Studies in History. 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 Johan Huizinga Fellowship is open to recent graduates (at the Master’s level), as well as doctoral and post-doctoral candidates.
  • Fellowships are open to candidates of all nationalities and with varied specialisms.
  • Candidates should have proven research capabilities, academic credentials and excellent written and spoken knowledge of two languages (English and preferably Dutch or German).

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 Johan Huizinga Fellowship a year. The stipend of €16,500 (less applicable taxes and deductions) is for a period of six months commencing 1 September 2017, the start of the academic year.

Application and procedure

Complete applications have to be submitted through the 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 12 March 2017, at 6:00 p.m. (Amsterdam time/CET), but students 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 April 2017. 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 May 2017. All Fellowships will start in September 2017.

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 Johan Huizinga Fellowship, contact Jan de Hond, Curator of History (j.de.hond@rijksmuseum.nl), +31 (0)20 674 7204.