The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for art historical research
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will enable one predoctoral candidate annually to base part of their PhD-research at the Rijksmuseum. 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 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.
- 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 written and spoken knowledge of two languages (English and preferably Dutch or German).
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 (less applicable taxes and deductions) is for a period of twelve months commencing 1 September 2016, the start of the academic 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. This is a one-year Fellowship, with the possibility of renewal for one additional year.
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.
The closing date for all applications is 13 March 2016, 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 be made by an international committee in April 2016. 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 2016. All Fellowships will start in September 2016.
- For questions concerning the application procedure, contact Marije Spek, Coordinator of the Fellowship Programme (firstname.lastname@example.org), +31 (0)20-6747395.
- For questions concerning the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship, contact Frits Scholten, Senior Curator of Sculpture (email@example.com), +31 (0)20 674 7243.
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