The Johan Huizinga Fellowship welcomes outstanding candidates to submit proposals for historical research into objects in the Rijksmuseum collection.
We welcome international, independent research proposals which open new perspectives on the Rijksmuseum’s collection, its history and activities. 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.
Applications are invited for:
The Johan Huizinga Fellowship for historical research
This Fellowship offers early career scholars the opportunity to conduct historical research into objects in the Rijksmuseum collection. Candidates are invited to submit a research proposal that draws on these objects as subject material and as sources of historical information. The Johan Huizinga Fellowship is primarily intended for candidates whose focus is on the historical role and symbolic meaning of objects, on material culture or the societal context in which these artifacts were used. Therefore, please note that this fellowship does not welcome proposals with an exclusive art-historical focus (e.g. emphasising artistic style, oeuvres or art techniques). The Rijksmuseum will endeavor to enable publication of the Fellow’s research, for example in the series Rijksmuseum Studies in History or in The Rijksmuseum Bulletin. 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 Rijksmuseum’s archives.
The Johan Huizinga 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 fields of general history, cultural historical studies or art history.
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 the appointment. The stipend of €29,250 for MA graduate/PhD Fellows or €33,750 for postdoctoral Fellows (subject to taxes and deductions) is for a period of nine months commencing 1 September 2022, the start of the academic year. The Rijksmuseum will cover visa fees for the Fellow, but not for dependents.
Application and procedure
The Rijksmuseum belongs to everyone. That is why we are committed to actively promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. People with diverse backgrounds and experiences bring different perspectives to our collection and activities. This leads to new insights and enhances the museum’s innovative strength. We therefore warmly invite you to apply, regardless of your social or cultural background, sexual preference, gender, age or disability.
Complete applications have to be submitted through the online application system (at the careerpage on the Rijksmuseum website).
Complete applications include (all in PDF):
Copy of published paper or recent sample of writing
When applying, make sure to upload all 4 documents at the SELECT FILES button that says 'CV and motivatiebrief'. There is no later stage where you can upload documents or alter your application.
The closing date for all applications is extended to 17 January 2022, 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 2022. The committee consists of eminent scholars in the relevant fields of study from universities and institutions, and staff members of the Rijksmuseum. Applicants will be notified by 11 March 2022. All Fellowships will start in September 2022.
For questions concerning this Fellowship or the application procedure, please contact the Coordinator of Academic Programmes (firstname.lastname@example.org).