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RCMC/FEL Junior Fellowship

RCMC/FEL Junior Fellowship

The RCMC/FEL Junior Fellowship* program provides financial support to talented junior researchers interested in conducting (ethnographic) research or publishing on the collections of the Tropenmuseum, Museum Volkenkunde, Afrika Museum and Wereldmuseum.


Students and researchers with a background in museum studies, anthropology, archaeology, art history or related disciplines can apply. We offer four fellowships in total, each of € 1,500. We may not award all fellowships each year.  

Call for proposals

The call for proposals is closed. A new call will open in September 2019.

*From 2012 to 2016, the RCMC/FEL Junior Fellowship program operated as the Dr. Steven Engelsman Grants.


  • The types of activities we support are related to conducting (ethnographic) research and/or publishing on the museum collections. We appreciate creativity and innovative ideas. (Activities we do not support are for instance the organisation of symposia and travel to conferences to present work.)
  • Make sure that the estimated budget is comprised solely of eligible costs.
    Eligible costs are costs which you have to make in order to conduct the research: travel expenses, accommodation costs, translation costs, etc. Non eligible costs are fees and charges.
  • When you apply for the fellowship program you are expected to attend the Adriaan 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.


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

2018 Grantees

  • Willem van Wijk – Will conduct comparative research on the representation of African art in South-Korea and the Netherlands.
  • Adiva Lawrence – Will make a comparative study on museums and exhibitions from different contexts contribute to "re-archiving" black history and memory, with a focus on the memory of slavery.
  • Jaimee Comstock-Skipp – Will rethink typologies and labels in her research: Cataloguing Persianate Arts of the Book in the Nationaal Museum van Wereldculturen.
  • Rab Messina – Will analyse how designs can be made more sustainable for a wider audience by bringing technology and design closer together.
  • Caroline Fernandes Caromano – Will research Amazonian Flames in European Houses which is an investigation of Fire as a Museum Object in ethnographic and archaeological collections from the Amazon in European museums.

2017 Grantees

  • 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