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Creative & Performing Arts projects fall under the Study/Research grant category and are available in all countries where Study/Research grants are offered. 



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1 Fulbright/American Friends of the Mauritshuis Award

Accepted Degree Levels
Grant Period
11 Months
No Pre-Departure Orientation
Award Profile

The Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis is internationally known as one of the most important collections of seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish paintings. Its conservation studio has demonstrated a commitment to technical research and advanced training opportunities.

The University of Amsterdam is the only university in The Netherlands offering an English language study program in Conservation and Restoration (consisting of nine conservation specializations and technical art history). The research, conservation and restoration of objects are core aspects of the program. 

This grant is sponsored by the American Friends of the Mauritshuis.

The purpose of the grant is to provide advanced training, research and education opportunities in paintings conservation. The grant will focus on the study, examination and treatment of works of art in the collection of the Mauritshuis, in combination with a tailor made study program at the University of Amsterdam. The grantee will gain practical experience and knowledge in in-depth technical study and treatment of paintings in the conservation studio of the Mauritshuis, under the supervision of the conservators of the museum. The grantee will participate in workshops, (informal) lectures, symposia and other events at the university. During the grant period, research may not only include paintings in the Mauritshuis collection, but also pictures in other Dutch and/or European institutions.

Grant Period

11 Months

Applications for 11- to 12-month grants starting September 1, 2021 will be considered.

Pre-Departure Orientation

No Pre-Departure Orientation

Arrival Orientation

Candidate Profile

Applications will be considered from well-qualified candidates who are enrolled in or recently graduated (no more than 3 years) from a recognized US conservation training program, or US citizens who are enrolled in or recently graduated (no more than 3 years) from a conservation program abroad. Applicants still in their PhD during the application period will also be considered. The Fulbright Center encourages applications from students with a strong interest and/or experience in the conservation and restoration of Old Master paintings. A skype interview for semi-finalists with representatives of the Mauritshuis and the University of Amsterdam will be part of the selection procedure. 

Accepted Degree Levels




Foreign Language Proficiency

Not Required

Additional Information: Dutch language proficiency is not required, but is useful at the time of arrival. Some study of Dutch prior to arrival is encouraged in order to promote deeper engagement with the host community.

Fulbright Proposal Types

Independent Study/Research: Yes

Graduate Degree Enrollment: No


The University of Amsterdam will register the approved applicant as a research fellow. The grantee will be placed at the University of Amsterdam for education and at the Mauritshuis for training. A letter of affiliation is not necessary.

Affiliation Fees/Tuition

Tuition fees at the University of Amsterdam will be waived. Please see this link for grant amounts. 


US students currently residing in The Netherlands will not be considered for any awards in The Netherlands. In addition, US students with both Dutch and American citizenship will not be considered.

Candidates who will receive a PhD degree by the grant start date are not eligible for consideration.

Special Application Instructions

In your Fulbright online application, for Award Name please select Mauritshuis Award from the drop down menu.


Dependent support is not available.

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Website

Fulbright Commission/U.S. Embassy Contact

Linda Pietersen