Curator Researcher

The Mondriaan Fund Makes It Possible
Do you want to research or develop an exhibition, event or presentation? Do you want to do this, for example, by investigating a particular theme, or through an apprenticeship, travel or working period in the Netherlands or elsewhere? In short, do you want to work on a concrete plan during a specific period? If so, you may be eligible for a Curator Researcher grant.

This is what it entails:

Curator Researcher grants
This arrangement is for curators and researchers who want to develop a substantial plan during a specific period.

The Mondriaan Fund’s Curator Researcher grant supports curators and mediators with new visions and narratives that fulfil a key role in connecting visual art and cultural heritage with the public.

For whom
Curators, researchers, critics, theorists and art observers who have been professionally active in the visual arts or cultural heritage for at least 2 years are eligible.

For what
This support is for working out and developing plans based on visions and narratives that illuminate and reinforce visual art and heritage for the public. This could, for example, concern a reflection or theoretical investigation that provides insight into specific developments in the visual arts, or new insights into a particular collection. Or it could be for an investigation or research into a possible exhibition, event, debate or project.

The Mondriaan Fund advises you to travel in a safe and responsible manner. We advise you not to travel if the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues a negative travel advice (color code orange/red) for the country concerned. The Mondriaan Fund is not liable and cannot contribute to additional costs resulting from Covid 19-related circumstances (such as long stay or medical expenses). If your work plan changes due to circumstances, please notify us as soon as possible.

How much
The grant amount is for a maximum of 12 months, at € 2050 per month. The period being applied for must be well supported in the working plan.

You can apply for a Curator Researcher grant together with other curators or artists. In that case, it must concern a collaborative plan that leads to a single result. Each of the collaborating participants must fill out their own application. Each application will be individually assessed.


  • How and when to apply

    Applications can be submitted at any time of the year, using the Mondriaan Fund’s online application system. You must first apply for an account in order to submit your application. Once your application is complete, please allow for a processing period of 3 months from the moment your application has been submitted in full. Grants cannot be awarded retroactively.

  • Terms and Conditions

    You have been working as a professional curator, mediator or observer in the visual arts or cultural heritage and can demonstrate this with publications, exhibitions, research or other completed projects;
    – You are active in the arts and imbedded in the professional visual arts and/or cultural heritage in the Netherlands;
    – At the time of your application, you may not be receiving any other financial support from the Mondriaan Fund that covers the same costs;
    – Curator Researcher grants may not be used to cover study expenses. You may not receive this grant while attending courses, including bachelor, master, graduate or postgraduate programmes.
    – If a separate party is involved, such as a museum, gallery, company or commissioning client, the financial contribution of that party must be in an acceptable proportion to the amount being applied for from the Mondriaan Fund.

    Click here to read all the terms and conditions of the Curator Researcher grants.

    Click here to read the General Terms and Conditions of the Mondriaan Fund.


  • Assessing the applications

    Mondriaan Fund staff check the submitted applications and attachments to ensure that they are complete. Once an application is complete, it is submitted to the committee that advises on awarding Curator Researcher grants. Click here to see what happens to your application.

    The committee judges your application on the basis of:
    – your explanation of your work and professional practice;
    – your curriculum vitae;
    – your working plan.

    The advisory committee considers the following criteria:
    – the quality and importance of relevant activities already completed;
    – the quality of your cultural entrepreneurship. It is a positive consideration if your work contributes to better understanding or knowledge, expanding public access for artists, disciplines or movements, collections or elements of cultural heritage;
    – the quality of the working plan and expectations of what the plan can mean for the development of contemporary art and/or cultural heritage in the Netherlands, as well as its expected audience reach.

    A Curator Researcher grant is only awarded if the committee advises to that effect, given the quality of the work in combination with the working plan, and if the committee finds this sufficiently meaningful for the development and stimulation of contemporary visual arts or cultural heritage in the Netherlands.

    Due to our limited budget, it is not possible to award grants to all those whose applications receive positive advisories from the committee. The board of the Mondriaan Fund consequently requests the committee to consider the approved applications against one another and rank them in order of priority. This can mean that an application can be positively assessed, but the applicant is nonetheless not awarded a grant.

  • Checklist

    To process your application, the Mondriaan Fund needs information. All of this information can be submitted in the application form, along with documentation that you can upload. Here below is a checklist that follows the layout of the application form and includes all the information required. Tip: collect all your information and documentation before you start filling out the online application form. The attachments can be uploaded as PDFs.

    Important: wherever a maximum number of pages is given, do not exceed that number of pages! Additional pages will be disregarded.

    Explanation (3 pages maximum)
    Describe the content and substance of your artistic starting points or principles, and how these are expressed in your work and professional practice. Provide a short explanation of the substance of relevant projects and your part in how they came about. If you have collaborated on projects, describe your role in the collaboration.

    Curriculum Vitae (3 pages maximum)
    Upload the most important data about your professional practice, with emphasis on the last 2 to 4 years. Include, for example, relevant articles and publications, research, exhibitions, events, lectures, commissions, grants or subsidies and awards. Also mention the studies you have completed and any related activities, such as teaching, advisory or jury positions.

    Plan (4 pages maximum)
    Describe here the substance of your plan, as well as the objectives and the way you intend to realize your plan. Include the results you hope to achieve. Describe the way you intend to reach an appropriate audience and engage them in your completed plan. This could be by means of an exhibition, event, meeting or other public activity, or through a website, blog, workshop or other format. If you are collaborating with others to achieve this, describe the added value of this collaboration and the specific contributions of those involved.

    Make a selection of no more than 6 of your most relevant and up-to-date articles and/or images, audio and/or video fragments from projects you have realized during the last 2 to 4 years. Click here for technical specifications for visual and audio documentation.

    Include a numbered documentation list in PDF format that corresponds with your documentation, with a description or caption for each image, video or sound fragment. (For example: 01, title, 2020, loop 2 min.)

    If you are completing the project for which you are applying for support together with someone else or with an organization, we ask you to upload the following supplemental documents:

    Agreement of the collaborating party
    We need a statement of participation or permission from the individual with whom you will be working together.

    Information about the collaborating party
    Include a curriculum vitae and supplemental information about the organization or person. If it is an organization with a public programme, we require a description of their activities and an explanation of their public reach and visibility over the past three years. Include all of these documents in a single PDF.

    Motivational statement from the collaborating party
    If, for example, you have been selected for a residency, workshop or other arts programme, we would like a motivational statement from the organization explaining why you have been selected.

    Statement from a participating educational organization
    If you will be realizing your project in the context of an educational organization, upload a statement from that organization confirming that it does not offer bachelor, masters or PhD programmes.

    Confirmation of financial contributions from collaborating parties
    Where applicable, include a single PDF with all letters that confirm that collaborating parties are also collaborating financially.

    Where applicable:

    Personal Records Database (BRP) extract
    If you do not have Dutch citizenship, include a recent extract, no more than 3 months old, from the Basisregistratie Personen (BRP, or Personal Records Database) where you live, confirming that you reside in the Netherlands.

    Bank details or Kamer van Koophandel registration
    If your application is approved, we need your bank account number in order to transfer funds. If you have applied for funding from the Mondriaan Fund in the past, we may already have this information.
    • Has your account number changed or is it new to the Mondriaan Fund? If so, upload a bank statement which clearly includes your name and IBAN (International Bank Account Number).
    • If you have a business bank account for your one-person business, include a recent (less than 3 months old), copy of your registration with the Kamer van Koophandel (KvK, Chamber of Commerce), showing that the account has sole proprietorship.

  • Questions?

    If something is not entirely clear, please feel free to contact the Mondriaan Fund staff.

    Wouter Koelman or call the general phone number (020-5231523).

    The following is based on the deelregeling Curator Beschouwer (in Dutch).
  • Tips and examples

    Click here to read interviews with Curator Researcher grant recipients and see examples of approved applications.

latest update: 05.10.2021