The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Art Historical Research

Deadline: 20 January 2019
Open to: individuals engaged in postgraduate university studies leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Science (DSc) degree, whose research is compatible with the Fellowship position
Benefits: fellowship stipends are awarded to help support a Fellow’s study and research efforts during the tenure of their appointment.

Description

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation enables PhD candidates to base part of their research at the Rijksmuseum. Applications should include an outline of the proposed research, related to the Rijksmuseum’s collection, its history and activities. A suitable project might entail the study of art objects as artistic or historical sources or object-related archival research. The focus of research may encompass any of the museum’s varied holdings, including paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, prints, drawings, photography and historical artifacts. The Fellowship will preferably result in a publication, the content and form of which will be decided by the Fellow and his/her academic supervisors 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 Rijksmuseum’s archives.

Eligibility

  • The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship supports individuals engaged in postgraduate university studies leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Doctor of Science (DSc) degree, whose research is compatible with the Fellowship position. The candidate has to have a university-affiliated supervisor;
  • Fellowships are open to candidates of all nationalities and with varied specialisms. They may include researchers specializing 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.

Benefits

Fellowship stipends are awarded to help support a Fellow’s study and research efforts during the tenure of their appointment. The stipend of EUR 33,000 (subject to taxes and deductions) is for a period of twelve months commencing 1 September 2019, 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 EUR 5,000 annually. The Rijksmuseum will cover visa fees for the Fellow, but not for dependents.

How to apply?

In order to apply, you must fill in the online application form.

For more information, please visit the official web page.