Migelien Gerritzen Fellowship for Conservation and Scientific Research 2021 (Stipend available)

Migelien Gerritzen Fellowship for Conservation and Scientific Research 2021 (Stipend available)

Deadline: January 17, 2021

Applications for the Migelien Gerritzen Fellowship for Conservation and Scientific Research 2021 are now open. This Fellowship enables early career scholars to conduct conservation and 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 or analytical techniques, preventive conservation, or 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.


  • 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 2021, 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.


  • 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 conservators and scientists.
  • 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.


Prepare 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, including required research travel.
  • 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).

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For more information, visit Migelien Gerritzen Fellowship.