19 January 2020 at 6:00 p.m Amsterdam Time/CET


 Amsterdam, Netherlands..

(Partially  Funded)


The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for art and cultural history research.

The purpose of the Fellowship Programme is to encourage and support scholarly investigation, and to contribute to academic discourses while strengthening bonds between the museum and universities. The programme enables highly talented candidates to base part of their research at the Rijksmuseum, and offers access to the museum’s expertise, collections, library and laboratories. Furthermore, it facilitates opportunities for Fellows to engage in workshops and excursions to encourage exchange of knowledge – both amongst themselves and the broader museum audience.

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As of 2020 the renewed Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for art historical research will take a more thematical and global direction towards research in the domain of art and cultural history: it will focus exclusively on the Netherlands as an international intersection of art, artists, artistic ideas and materials. In recent decades, art and cultural historical studies have seen an upsurge in the scholarly attention paid to wide themes such as mobility, cultural networks, shared cultural heritage and globalization. The Rijksmuseum has actively contributed to this development, and international interfaces with Netherlandish art have been central to its collection and exhibition policy in the past decades. The renewed Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship is in keeping with these themes, and aims to stimulate high-quality, object-based research, focusing on the Low Countries as a centre of international cultural exchange at large.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Art history
  • cultural history of the Low Countries.

Required Languages


Dutch or German (is preferred but not required).

Eligible Countries


Program Period

 Twelve months. .

commencing 1 September 2020, the start of the academic year.

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship is open to PhD students and postdoctoral candidates. PhD Fellows are those whose proposal is embedded in the research plans of their forthcoming PhD dissertation, postdoctoral Fellows must have completed their 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 fields of art history, cultural history 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.

Opportunity Cost

(Partially Funded)

  • Fellowship stipends are awarded to help support a Fellow’s study and research efforts during the tenure of his/her appointment. The stipend of €39,000 for 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.

How to Apply

First Step: 

Complete applications have to be submitted through the online application system

Second Step:

  there are some attachments, you should upload them to the online application form and Applications or related materials delivered via email, postal mail, or in person will not be accepted. 


Upload the following documents as PDF:

– Cover letter outlining the primary focus of your research, the connection of your project to the Rijksmuseum and your personal interest in the Fellowship position (250-300 words)

– A research proposal, not exceeding one thousand words, further specifying your areas of research and their relationship to the Rijksmuseum’s collections and activities

– Full curriculum vitae including education, professional experience, honours, awards, and publications

– A provisional schedule of work to be accomplished during the Fellowship period

– A provisional schedule of travel required (maximum of six weeks) during the Fellowship period

– A writing sample of 2-5 pages (for example: an excerpt from a (published) paper, recent essay, catalogue entry or a (draft) chapter of your dissertation)

NOTE: Upload PDF files smaller than 10 MB in size.

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This Scholarship Published by:
Gehad Elazab /  Egypt 

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