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Call for Fellows 2016

Het Nieuwe Instituut announced earlier this year an open call for three research fellows to work in residence from June to December 2016. [Please note: the submission date has expired, it is unfortunately no longer possible to apply]

Alongside the institute's exhibitions, lectures, publications, and archives, the fellowship program will explore and challenge how research is conducted within an institutional context, pursuing alternatives to the expectation of predetermined outcomes, the use of official jargon, and the inertia power of the curriculum vitae. In the long term, the program is also intended to complement, reflect on, interact with, and critique the ongoing activities of the institute.

Applicants are asked to submit an independent research proposal that illuminates their own approach to research, including specific and unconventional methodologies. Proposals should confront subjects within or between the fields of architecture, design, and digital culture, but can also rely on a larger system of references, schools of thoughts, and practices from the fields of art, performance, non-fiction and creative writing, programming, humanities, social, physical, and life sciences. Research projects may influence or contribute to future exhibitions or events, but other possibilities may emerge independently of the existing programs of Het Nieuwe Instituut.

Previous fellows include Annet Dekker, Tal Erez, Dan Handel, Ruben Jacobs, Chris Kabel, Roos Meerman, Christien Meindertsma, Sascha Pohflepp, Malkit Shoshan and Matthew Stadler.


In recent years, the concept and practice of research has attracted renewed attention within the cultural sector. In a world increasingly documented--and simultaneously obscured--by the speed and quantity of information in circulation, research plays a critical role in elucidating the relevance of both existing and new ideas, and the responsibility of institutions in their construction and promotion.

Het Nieuwe Instituut wants to acknowledge and give visibility to research projects, practices and initiatives whose success is understood not in terms of academic citations, adherence to official formats, or profitability, but in their ability to offer departures from established modes of thinking and to become the motor for sharing collective forms of knowledge.


The programs of Het Nieuwe Instituut are organized around a framework of landscapes and interiors, things and materials, and an _annual theme _that confronts temporal shifts within these fields.

Taking as a departure point the centennial anniversary of the Russian Revolution, Het Nieuwe Instituut's 2017 program will explore revolution, reflecting on radical movements of the 20th century while also investigating the unstable landscape of the present and the unpredictable territories of the future. Revolution has both political and cultural associations, referring to sudden disruptions in social, technical, and aesthetic practices and theories as well as to the cyclical, self-perpetuating nature of systems of governance and production.

Selection criteria

Applicants for a fellowship are invited to develop an independent research proposal and to articulate a relationship between their proposal and the frameworks and thematic subjects unfolding within the institute. Starting from 15 February 2016, Het Nieuwe Instituut will take applications for the research fellowships.

The application is intended to clarify research intentions and attitudes, and is open to new proposals as well as projects that are already underway. All applications will be reviewed by the jury on the basis of idiosyncrasy, depth of investigation, connection to Het Nieuwe Instituut's mission, potential to cross disciplinary boundaries, and potential for exchange and collaboration between fellows. For the purpose of this call, applicants are not required to propose the final outcome of their research, but rather the questions and routines that it will involve. The final selection will be announced at the end of April.

The jury includes Tom Avermaete (professor of Architecture, Delft University of Technology), Guus Beumer (director, Het Nieuwe Instituut), Anselm Franke (curator, Haus der Kulturen der Welt), Vinca Kruk (designer and researcher, Metahaven), Marina Otero Verzier (head of research & development, Het Nieuwe Instituut) and Jana Scholze (associate professor, Curating Contemporary Design at Kingston University).

Practical information

The fellowship is a 6-month position based at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. It entails individual work, collaborative work with other fellows, interaction with the Research & Development department, and collaborations with external partners. Fellows will have access to the facilities of Het Nieuwe Instituut, including the reading room, archives, public spaces, and presentation rooms. Fellows must be located in Rotterdam or within reasonable distance.

The fellowship includes a monthly stipend of 2,000 EUR and a return trip from the country of residence. Collectives may apply, but one member must be nominated as the official fellow. The stipend remains the same as for individuals. The fellowship is open to EU nationals, current residents, and those eligible to reside in the Netherlands. Stipends may be subject to a withholding tax. Fellows are responsible for arranging their own accommodation.

Submission requirements

Proposals should include:

  • a research proposal including a text (maximum 1,200 words), and graphic material such as drawings and images (maximum 20). Links to audio or video files (maximum 10 minutes) could be added to the PDF of the application.
  • a calendar and a working methodology (maximum 300 words)
  • a self-introduction (maximum 300 words) in which applicants will articulate the relation between their research proposal and their previous projects and interests. Please note that a CV or a description of previous achievements is not requested.
  • contact information (full name, country of residence, e-mail address, telephone number)

Applications should be written in English and submitted, by attachment, in a single PDF file of maximum 7MB and consisting of maximum 5 DIN A-4, labeled with the name of the applicant and the research proposal (SURNAME_NAME_PROJECT NAME.pdf)

There is no entry fee for the call for fellows.

The jury and Het Nieuwe Instituut reserve the right to invite short-listed applicants to personal interviews.


Applications must be sent by March 28 to
Questions can be directed to Katía Truijen,

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