Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Art Historical Research

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Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Art Historical Research

The Rijksmuseum is a Dutch national museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam, delighted to announce the Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Art Historical Research. The fellowship welcomes outstanding Ph.D. candidates working on the art and cultural history of the Low Countries whose principal concern is object-based research.

The purpose of the program is to encourage and support the scholarly investigation and to contribute to academic discourses while strengthening bonds between the museum and universities. The program 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.

Who May Eligible:

To eligible, the candidates must be following all the eligibility criteria:

  • Individuals engaged in postgraduate university studies leading to a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) 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 specialism’s. 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.

How to Apply & Competition Rules:

To participate, the applicants must submit an online application form through the given link:–andrew-w.-mellon-fellowship


  • 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.
  • Complete applications have to be submitted through our online application system
  • The Rijksmuseum is committed to actively promoting equality, diversity, and they, therefore, encourage all potential candidates to apply.
  • Candidates are encouraged to apply at their earliest convenience. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.


  • Fellowship stipends are awarded to help support a Fellow’s study and research efforts during the tenure of their appointment.
  • The stipend of €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 €5,000 annually.
  • The Rijksmuseum will cover visa fees for the Fellow, but not for dependents.

Application Deadline:

The closing date for all applications is 20 January 2019, at 6:00 p.m. (Amsterdam time/CET).

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For questions concerning the application procedure, contact Roos Staats, Coordinator of the Fellowship Program (, +31 (0)206747648.

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