The National Museum of Antiquities (RMO) and the Netherlands Institute in Turkey (NIT) offer a bursary for a research stay of two months at the NIT in Istanbul.
Graduate students and recent graduates (MA and Ph.D.) of universities in the Netherlands are eligible to apply. The NIT provides housing in a comfortable guest room with a private bathroom for a period of eight weeks. The RMO offers the bursary a contribution towards living expenses of 2000 euro plus 500 euro for travel expenses between Holland and Turkey.
The project that will be conducted while at the NIT should consist of critical collection-based research. Applications will be judged on the academic and societal relevance of the research, as well as its value for archaeological, historical or ethnographic museums and collections.
In case the planned research requires access to museum depots or archives, it is the responsibility of the applicant to obtain necessary permissions. In Turkey, this generally involves application procedures that can take several months to complete. The NIT can advise on this.
During the research stay, the selected candidate will present a lecture or seminar at the NIT and will submit a report on the conducted activities following the stay.
How to apply
An application of up to 4 pages should include the following items:
• Title of the research
• Research question
• The academic and societal relevance
• Sources in Istanbul and surroundings and possibilities of access
• Time plan
• Output (e.g. article, grant application, dissertation chapter)
• Statement of motivation
In addition, an application should include a CV.
Deadline and period of stay
The deadline for applications for a bursary in 2020 is April 30, 2020. The period of stay at NIT can take place between the start of September and the end of December (to be set in consultation with the NIT staff).
Applications, in English or Dutch, can be sent via email to Dr. Ceren Abi. You can reach out to Dr. Ceren Abi in English for your practical questions. Applicants will be informed by May 25 of the decision of the selection committee. For questions related to your application, send an e-mail to Dr. Fokke Gerritsen.