Hollanda Araştırma Enstitüsü  -  Nederlands Instituut in Turkije

RMO-NIT Fellowship 2021

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.

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 fellowship is for the period 1 October to 30 November. The NIT provides housing in the direct vicinity of the institute. The RMO offers a contribution towards living expenses of 2000 euro plus 500 euro for travel expenses between Holland and Turkey. The RMO-NIT fellow will have access to the research facilities and the support of NIT staff.

The project that will be conducted while at the NIT should be directed at one or more of the following:
• Critical collection-based research,
• History of museums and collecting,
• The position of (archaeological, historical or art-historical) museums in contemporary society,
• Exhibition and collection strategies,
• Curatorial practice,
• Visitor experience and interaction.

The fellowship can also be used to prepare an application for a Ph.D. or postdoc project related to one of these topics.

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. The benefits of conducting the proposed research in Istanbul will also be taken into account.
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 an article (c. 800 words) and two images of the conducted activities following the stay. This article will be published on the NIT website, the RMO website, and in one of the RMO-publications.

You can download the flyer and the application form.

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 2021 is June 15, 2021.
Applications, in English, 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 July 1st, 2021 of the decision of the selection committee. For questions related to your application, send an e-mail to Dr. Fokke Gerritsen.