Rijksakademie Tech Fellowship Programme

Do you have the ambition as an artist or designer to further develop your technical skills? Do you like to work in a technical workshop and help other artists? Would you like to do your own research in the field of technique, material or craftsmanship? Are you interested in researching sustainable working methods? Do you live and work in the Netherlands?

In 2022, the Rijksakademie launched a trainee/research programme for young and mid-career artists/makers to further develop their skills in craft, material and technique: the Tech Fellowship Programme. Every year three tech fellows are selected.

The tech fellow is a trainee/researcher, and follows a learning path in the workshop to become a technical specialist. They work on artist projects, material experiments, cross-over projects and knowledge transfer within a master-apprentice construction. In addition, the tech fellow conducts research into materials or technology in the workshop(s), and makes a report.

The programme consists of two parts.
1. Learning in the workshops (2 days a week)
2. Research (2 days a week)

The next, third edition of the programme, will run from January to December 2024.

Three tech fellowships are available in the workshops:

At the Rijksakademie artists often work in an interdisciplinary way. It is possible to do research in several workshops during the year.

Young and mid-career artists with advanced knowledge of and interest in expanding their skills in crafts, materials and/or techniques can apply. You have an independent, curious working attitude. You derive pleasure from collaborating with others and sharing knowledge and can work in an international community.

You are available 4 days a week during the period, living in the Netherlands and registered as self-employed. You accept and respect the residents and colleagues, taking into account personal or cultural differences.


  • A trainee/research programme in the workshops
  • Personal guidance and coaching by the mentor and the coordinator of the Tech Fellowship Programme
  • Possibility to attend workshops, lectures, seminars relevant to the development of the discipline
  • Exchange with other institutions/workshops
  • Shared office with the other tech fellows
  • A compensation of € 22,000 for twelve months on an invoicing basis

Individual learning goals and objectives are determined in consultation at the beginning of the programme.

Deadline: 15 August 2023

Website link: https://www.rijksakademie.nl/en/news/2023-06-20-rijksakademie-tech-fellowship-programme

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