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Artist-in-Residence Fellowship

The Artist-in-Residence fellowship offers talented artists working in the fields of music, design, dance, film, visual art, fashion, theatre or poetry an opportunity to work on a project within in an international and interdisciplinary academic setting. It is a collaboration with the Society of Arts - KNAW.

About the Artist-in-Residence Fellowship

NIAS and the Society of Arts-KNAW set up the artist-in-residence fellowship to highlight the value of the arts in society and also to reinstate the close relationship between the arts and sciences that existed in the nineteenth century academies. The view is that the cross-pollination between creative approaches and formal scientific disciplines will strengthen ties and trigger novel approaches and insights.

NIAS and the Society of Arts-KNAW cooperate to finance two residential fellowships of five months (one semester) each academic year, offering artists an opportunity to share ideas with scholars from the humanities, social sciences and other disciplines. The current programme will run for three and a half years.

Practical Information

  • NIAS and The Society of Arts-KNAW offer two fellowships of five months per academic year
  • The fellowship is for artists who live and work in the Netherlands
  • The Artist-in-Residence residential fellowship at NIAS, includes a studio apartment (or equivalent daily commute expenses), a personal study, research facilities (computer, library services etc.)
  • The fellowship must lead to a concrete result: article, essay, plan for art work, film etc. that can be made available to the public
  • The Artist-in-Residence is eligible for a grant to compensate for lost earnings for the duration of the fellowship.

Application and Selection

  • See here for general info, here for the application form (word), and here for the application guidelines (pdf). Members of the Society of Arts can apply directly to the KNAW; other candidates must be nominated by a Society of Arts, KNAW  or Young Academy member.
  • The NIAS Rector and chair of the evaluation committee select a candidate.
  • For questions regarding Artist-in-Residence fellowships, please contact KNAW - Martine Wagenaar: +31 (0) 20 551 0747, avk@knaw.nl or NIAS -  +31 (0)20 224 67 03.

Current and former fellows

About the KNAW-Society of Arts

The Society of Arts was launched by the KNAW in 2014, at the instigation of Jet Bussemaker, Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science. The first 19 members were selected by a special Royal Academy Committee, henceforth, the Society of Arts will select new members from the fields of music, design, dance, film, visual art, fashion, theatre, poetry and architecture among others. The Society of Arts is expected to run for a provisional period of at least three and a half years.

NIAS-Society of Arts (KNAW) partnership

NIAS and the Society of Arts (KNAW) set up the Artist-in-Residence fellowship in 2015. The aim was to offer talented people from the arts an opportunity to experience working and interacting within the specific international and interdisciplinary academic setting at NIAS. The first artist-in-residence fellowship was awarded to photographer Jan Rosseel for his project on confabulating the past. Second artist-in-residence is Arne Hendriks, for his art on downsizing the human species.



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