International and National

Research Fellowships

Each year, the RCMC offers several short-term residential research fellowships for scholars, curators, and practice-based researchers working on issues related to RCMC research themes.

Currently, our five themes are: Collections Ethics and Responsibility, Materiality in an Interconnected World, Rethinking (Re)presentation, Reparative Acts and Digitality. Fellowships are awarded for a one to three-month period. The fellowship will cover return travel to and from the Netherlands, accommodation for the period (for international fellows), and a modest stipend to cover expenses during the period (for national and international fellows).

We select scholars by special invitation to be fellows at the RCMC and also hold an open call for applications each year.

We currently offer the following fellowships:

Textile, Dress and Fashion
Indonesia & Southeast Asia
Global Design History
Fellow Profile

International and national curators, practice-based researchers (artists, designers, etc.), and junior and senior scholars who are involved in innovative research or work that we feel coincides with our institutional vision and can help to push our work forward, and fulfill the requirements of the specific fellowship.

What We Expect
  • Fellows are expected to contribute to the intellectual life of the RCMC; this will include at least one presentation of their work to the research staff and/or general public
  • Fellows are asked to contribute to the RCMC website/blog, in the form of a short essay, video interview, or other digitally accessible form
  • All information generated about the collection should be entered into the museum’s documentation system
  • Fellows should make accessible to the RCMC any publications resulting from their work at the Center; open access publications should be made available on the RCMC website
  • Research findings should impact the way the museum interprets, displays or document its collections
  • In some instances, where possible, the fellowship could lead to a research-oriented exhibition
  • Language requirement: Dutch and/or English
How to Apply

Applications should be sent to Please indicate which programme you are applying for by indicating the fellowship name in the subject line. Applications must include a cv and a brief research proposal. The proposal should not exceed 1000 words, and should indicate the following:

  • the relationship of their project with the collections of the NMVW
  • how their research fits within the RCMC designated themes
  • how the research findings will contribute to the museum’s work and more broadly to relevant scholarship on the collections.
Application Deadline

The annual deadline for all applications is October 15th. The call for this year is closed.
Fellows will be announced at the Gerbrands Lecture on November 30th.

Selection Committee

Research Fellows will be selected by a Selection Committee which will comprise: the head of the Research Center for Material Culture; a NMVW Curator from the relevant section (photography, fashion, design, SE Asia), and two external members with expertise in the relevant field.