Curator Researcher

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.

Curator Researcher

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

For what

For elaborating plans and developing visions and stories.

How much

The grant amount is for a maximum of 12 months, at € 2.255 per month.

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For whom

This grant is for 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 who want to develop a substantial plan during a specific period.

The Mondriaan Fund offers Curator Researcher grants to stimulate plans that contribute to the quality of contemporary visual art and/or cultural heritage in the Netherlands and that intensify the connection with the public.

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.

How much

The grant amount is for a maximum of 12 months, at € 2.255 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.


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. However, due to the many applications to the fund, the processing time can take longer than expected.

The following is based on the deelregeling Curator Beschouwer (in Dutch).


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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 below to see what happens to your application.

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.

What happens with my application?


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.

Questions & contact

If you have a question please reach out to the contact person of this grant.

Or call to 020 523 15 23 or send an e-mail to vasb@zbaqevnnasbaqf.ay

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