Application Deadline: 19 January 2020,
The Migelien Gerritzen Fund/Rijksmuseum Fund enables candidates to conduct conservation and/or scientific research on art works and historical artefacts. Focus should be the Rijksmuseum collection or ideation that has been initiated at the Rijksmuseum. A suitable project might entail technical research into objects in the Rijksmuseum’s collection and/or analytical techniques, preventive conservation, and treatment methodologies. This fellowship enables candidates to collaborate with conservators, curators and scientists active at the Rijksmuseum.
The Fellowship will preferably result in an article for publication, the content and form of which will be decided by the Fellow in consultation with the Rijksmuseum. The Rijksmuseum will provide joint working space for the Fellows, in order to stimulate an exchange of knowledge, ideas and experience. Access will be given to all relevant resources in the museum, such as the Research Library Collections, collection documentation, and the conservation laboratories of the Rijksmuseum and the University of Amsterdam.
- The Migelien Gerritzen Fellowship is open to MA graduates, as well
as PhD students and post-doctoral candidates. MA Graduate/PhD Fellows
are those who have completed their MA degree or whose proposal is
embedded in the research plans of their forthcoming PhD dissertation,
postdoctoral Fellows must have completed their PhD dissertation and
obtained a PhD-degree on the date of application.
- Fellowships are open to candidates of all nationalities and with
varied specialisms. They may include researchers specialising in the
field of the conservation sciences or related studies.
- Candidates should have proven research capabilities, academic
credentials and excellent command of the English language – both written
and spoken. Proficiency in a second language (ideally Dutch or German)
is preferred but not required.
Fellowship stipends are awarded to help support a Fellow’s study and
research efforts during the tenure of their appointment. The stipend of
€39,000 for MA graduate/PhD Fellows or €45,000 for postdoctoral Fellows
(subject to taxes and deductions) is for a period of twelve months
commencing 1 September 2020, 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. The Rijksmuseum will cover visa fees for the Fellow,
but not for dependents.
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 Rijksmuseum is committed to actively promoting equality,
diversity and inclusion. We therefore encourage all potential candidates
The closing date for all applications is 19 January 2020, at 6:00 p.m. (Amsterdam time/CET), but candidates 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 February
2020. 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 15 March 2020. All Fellowships will start in September
- For questions concerning the application procedure, contact the Coordinator of Academic Programmes ([email protected]).
- For questions concerning the Migelien Gerritzen Fellowship, contact Robert van Langh, Head of Conservation & Science ([email protected]).
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