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 Migelien Gerritzen Fellowship for conservation research
The Migelien Gerritzen Fonds / Rijksmuseum Fonds will annually or biennially enable one predoctoral candidate to conduct conservation research or technical PhD-research on art works and historical artefacts. This is a one-year Fellowship, with the possibility of renewal for one additional year. It will welcome applicants who are either conservators or scientists. 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, conservation laboratories of the Rijksmuseum and the University of Amsterdam.
- The Migelien Gerritzen Fellowship supports individuals engaged in postgraduate 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 conservators and scientists.
- 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. 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. It is funded by an endowment legacy. 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 the 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 and conservation 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 Migelien Gerritzen Fellowship, contact Robert van Langh, Head of the Conservation Department (email@example.com), +31 (0)20 6747233
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