Application deadline: 17 January 2021 (6:00 pm CET)

Fellowship overview

Applications are now open for Migelien Gerritzen Fellowship for Conservation and Scientific Research 2021.  The Migelien Gerritzen invites international, independent research proposals from applicants which open fresh perspectives on the Rijksmuseum’s collection, its history, and activities. Moreover, the Fellowship aims is to stimulate and support scholarly research, and to contribute to academic discourses while fostering ties between the museum and universities. The program provides highly talented fellows with an opportunity to conduct conservation and scientific research on artwork and historical artefacts at the Rijksmuseum museum.

Migelien Gerritzen Fellowship Details

Application deadline: 17 January 2021 (6:00 pm CET)

Host Institution: Rijksmuseum Meuseum 

Location: Netherlands

Duration: One year

Notification of result: 15 March 2021

Start date: 1 September 2021

Fellowship benefits

This fellowship includes financial and non-financial benefits:


  • This fellowship helps candidates to collaborate with conservators, curators, and experts active at the Rijksmuseum.
  • Participants will base part of their research at the Rijksmuseum, and gain access to the museum’s expertise, collections, collection documentation, and library and laboratories.
  • Fellows will also get opportunities to engage in workshops and excursions for the purpose of knowledge exchange- both amongst themselves and the wider museum audience.
  • The program will end up producing an article for publication at the end (it would preferable).


  • It provides stipends to cover fellows’ study and research costs as follows:
  • €39,000 for MA graduate/Ph.D. Fellows and €45,000 for postdoctoral Fellows (subject to taxes and deductions).
  • Also, the fellowship will allow for limited travel for research in art collections and archives elsewhere in Europe to a maximum amount of €5,000 per year. The Rijksmuseum will cover visa fees for the Fellow.

Eligibility criteria

  • The Migelien Gerritzen Fellowship is available to MA graduates, as well as Ph.D. students and post-doctoral candidates. MA Graduate/Ph.D. Fellows are those who have done their MA degree or whose proposal is embedded in the research plans of their upcoming Ph.D. dissertation.
  • Postdoctoral Fellows must have completed their Ph.D. thesis and obtained a PhD-degree at the time of application.
  • Candidates of all nationalities and with varying specializations can apply. Applicants may include conservators and scientists.
  • Applicants should display robust research capabilities, academic background, and outstanding command of the English language – both written and spoken. Proficiency in a second language (ideally Dutch or German) is desirable but not mandatory.


An international committee consisting of renowned scholars in the pertinent fields will select the fellow in February 2021.

How To Apply

Applicants must submit their applications through the online system before the deadline. Late applications or those submitted through email, in person, or post will be accepted.

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