Junior and Senior

RCMC-FEL Scholars

RCMC-FEL Fellowships offer funding for both senior and junior scholars.

RCMC-FEL Senior Scholars

The RCMC-FEL Senior Scholars Fellowship program seeks to bring international scholars to Leiden who will contribute to the research agendas of both the RCMC and Leiden University, to generate ideas for new museum practices, contribute to the scholarly offer for students, further the research agenda of both academics at the university and in the museum (curators). Where possible, they will contribute to the development of joint research projects.

Senior research fellows will be proposed by both museum and university partners, and will be chosen based on their work in relation to the interrelated research themes of the RCMC. Therefore, the RCMC-FEL Senior Scholars Fellowship is not open for application.

The first distinguished fellow was James Clifford (April 18 - May 13, 2016). Watch his lecture online: Museum Realisms.

RCMC-FEL Junior Scholars

The RCMC-FEL Junior Scholars Fellowship* program provides financial support to talented junior scholars interested in conducting (ethnographic) research or publishing on the collections of the Tropenmuseum, Museum Volkenkunde and Afrika Museum. Students and scholars with a background in museum studies, anthropology, archaeology, art history or related disciplines can apply. We offer six grants in total: two of € 500, two of € 1,000 and two of € 1,500.

Conditions for application:

  • When you apply for the fellowship program you are expected to attend the Gerbrands lecture.
  • You may only apply once for a fellowship. We will not consider revised or new applications in subsequent years.
  • Please note that incomplete and late submitted applications will not be processed.

The call for proposals is closed. The application deadline of 2017 was November 1, 2017.


*From 2012 to 2016, this program operated as the Dr. Steven Engelsman Grants.

2017 Grantees

Successful applications were announced on November 30, 2017, just prior to the Adriaan Gerbrands Lecture.

  • Sebastiaan van ‘t Holt - Practice of ayahuascashamanism in the Netherlands and Peru
  • Giulia Golla Tunno - The presence and role of “art” within three national colonial museums in Europe
  • Sita Reddy - The Hortus Indicus Malabaricus as a botanical book and as an ethnographic object

This fellowship is co-sponsored by The Fund for Ethnology in Leiden (FEL), which also co-sponsors the annual Adriaan Gerbrands Lectures.

Grant (2012-2016)
FEL Senior Scholar | 2016