RMO Scholarship National Museum of Antiquities

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Since 2016, the KNIR and the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden (RMO) annually offer a scholarship to young researchers with a (R)MA degree in Archaeology, (Art) History, Classics or Museum Studies, allowing them to pursue their research at the KNIR. The scholarship can be used, for example, for preparing a PhD-project proposal, or writing an article, provided that it is related to the collecting areas of the National Museum of Antiquities. These are Egypt and Nubia, Classical Antiquity (Greeks, Romans, and Etruscans), the Ancient Near East and the (archaeology) of the Netherlands (prehistory, the Roman period, and the Middle Ages).

During the scholarship you will be supervised by one of the curators of the RMO and one of the KNIR staff members. You will be introduced to the museum before travelling to Rome. After completion of the scholarship you are asked to present your findings at the RMO, for example by giving a lecture, or writing a newsletter entry.

See also: www.rmo.nl/onderzoek/beurs-voor-rome/

The RMO Scholarship consists of
1. free lodging at the KNIR for a minimum of 4 and maximum of 12 weeks;
2. an allowance of up to €3000,- (€250,- per week) for your general expenses during your stay in Rome;
3. a one-time reimbursement of maximum €500,- for your travelling expenses to Rome.

Application requirements
You can apply for a RMO Scholarship when:
1. you have recently graduated at one of our partner universities (RUG, UL, UvA, VU, UL, UU) in the field(s) of Archaeology, (Art) History, Classics or Museum Studies;
2. your research proposal is related to one of the collecting areas of the National Museum of Antiquities (RMO).

How to apply for a RMO Scholarship?
The next deadline for the RMO scholarship is 15 November 2023. You can apply by completing the application form (below). You will be asked to provide the following information / upload the following documents:

  1. a title and short description of your research (max. 450 characters)
  2. a letter of motivation (max 1 A4)
  3. a recent CV (max 2 A4)
  4. a certificate of your university Master’s degree or a letter from your thesis supervisor confirming the date of your graduation
  5. a research proposal (max. 4 A4), including:
  • Title of the research
  • Hypothesis and abstract
  • Relation with the collection areas of the RMO
  • Sources available in Rome or surroundings
  • Schedule
  • Expected results (article, funding, dissertation, etc.)
  1. a photo, which we will use only on our website(s) and social communication channels if you have been granted this scholarship.

When selecting applicants, we look at your motivation, the benefit of a stay at the KNIR for your research, the quality and feasibility of your research proposal, its relation to the collection areas of the RMO, and your contribution to the KNIR academic community.

The results of the selection process will follow no later than one month after the deadline. If your scholarship is granted, we will plan your research stay within the semester you have applied for. In the application form you have the possibility to indicate periods during which a stay is impossible. You can also indicate preferences (e.g. the beginning or the end of the semester). We will reckon with these preferences as much as possible.

After receiving a confirmation of your KNIR scholarship you are asked to accept the scholarship and confirm the period of your research stay within one week.

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