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:

We thank our collaborative partners the J.S. Lee Memorial Fellowship Programme and Bard Graduate Center.

Applications are open

You can now apply for the five different fellowship positions. All information regarding eligibility, the application procedure and funding is available via the links above.

The deadline for applying is the same for all five positions: 17 January 2021, at 6:00 p.m. (Amsterdam time/CET)


We thank our collaborative partners The J.S. Lee Memorial Fellowship Programme and Bard Graduate Center.

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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.

Fellowship Benefactors

The Rijksmuseum Fellowship Programme is made possible by:

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