2017 Rita Bolland Fellowship for Textile, Dress and Fashion Study


Entries are now accepted at The Research Center for Material Culture (RCMC) and the research institute of the Afrika Museum for  Rita Bolland Dutch Fellowship for Textile, Dress and Fashion Study. The objective of this scholarship is to encourage the study of Textile, Dress and Fashion Study.Applicants are to note the eligibility requirements.


The Research Center for Material Culture (RCMC) is a flagship research institute within the Tropenmuseum (Amsterdam), Museum Volkenkunde (Leiden) and the Afrika Museum (Berg en Dal) that serves as a focal point for research on ethnographic collections in the Netherlands.

Course Level: The fellowship is available for research.

Study Subject: The Fellowship is awarded in the fields of Textile, Dress and Fashion Study.

Scholarship Award: The Fellowship will cover the followings:

  • Help to strengthen our understanding of our existing collections or contribute to the development new collections
  • Attempt to pushes beyond oppositional notions of dress vs fashion, West vs non-west etc still present within fashion studies.
  • Contribute to the writing of new histories of textiles, dress and fashion, on the basis of the museum’s global collections
  • In the spirit of Rita Bolland and her work, contribute to research on different textile traditions and techniques.
  • Stimulate artists/makers to create new works, or the development of new technique or materials through working closely with the museums’ collections
  • Support initiatives of co-creation with diverse stakeholders including originating communities.

 Numbers of Scholarships: Not known

Scholarship can be taken in Netherlands

Eligibility: Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

Nationality: Dutch applicants are eligible for the fellowship.

College Admission Requirement

Entrance Requirement: Applicants must have previous year degree.

How to Apply: Applicants can apply by post.

  • Applicants should send in a brief proposal of no more than 1000 words that outlines their intended research. Proposals should clearly identify the relationship of their project with the collection of the NMVW and include a description of how research findings will contribute to the museum’s work and more broadly to scholarship on ethnographic museums, dress and fashion. Research proposals should be accompanied by a short cv of no more that two pages.

Application Deadline: The application deadline is November 15, 2017.

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