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2020 Migelien Gerritzen Fellowship for Conservation and Scientific Research

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.

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Eligibility

  • 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.

Funding

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.

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The Rijksmuseum is committed to actively promoting equality, diversity and inclusion. We therefore encourage all potential candidates to apply.

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 2020.

Further information

  • For questions concerning the application procedure, contact the Coordinator of Academic Programmes (fellowships@rijksmuseum.nl).
  • For questions concerning the Migelien Gerritzen Fellowship, contact Robert van Langh, Head of Conservation & Science (r.van.langh@rijksmuseum.nl).

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2020 Migelien Gerritzen Fellowship

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