We have put together some answers to the most common questions that applicants ask us regarding the residency. If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who can apply for the residency?

The Rijksakademie residency is open to all visual artists from all countries and all disciplines. Selected artists usually have finished a BA/MA education and have at least 2 years of independent professional practice before starting a residency at the Rijksakademie, but there is no prerequisite to have undertaken a formal art education.

Application to the Rijksakademie is not open to artists who are doing a residency / have done a residency at one of the Dutch post-academic institutions: the Jan van Eyck Academy (Maastricht) or De Ateliers (Amsterdam).

2.Can we apply as a duo/collective?

We welcome applications from artist duo’s or collectives for a residency at the Rijksakademie. If you are working as a duo/collective and would like to continue working together in the future you can apply with one application.

If you work as a duo or collective at the moment, but you are not sure if you want to keep working together in the future you each have to submit your individual applications.

When adding information in the application form about education or residency experiences, please do so for each member. You can upload a CV of each member of your duo/collective.

Please provide more information about your collaboration in the section: Supporting Statement (for example: how do you work together, who does what, how do you see your future working together).

3. Age limit

There are no age restrictions to apply to the Rijksakademie, although most applicants are between 25 and 35 years old, but we also receive applications from older (and younger) artists. The average age of the artists at the Rijksakademie is 30.

Most important for the jury is the work/portfolio of the applicant and the potential for further development within the specific context of the Rijksakademie. We aim for a highly diverse artists’ community, both in backgrounds as in ways of working and do take the applicant’s possible contribution to the artist community at the Rijksakademie into consideration as well.

4. What does the Rijksakademie offer? What do I get?

The Rijksakademie offers one to two year residencies with the goal of providing space for research, reflection, experiment and exchange. Every year we select approximately 22/23 artists for a residency, and most of the artists stay for two years, so the total community consists of about 45 artists. Half of the group is from the Netherlands, the other half from all around the world.

Apart from facilities such as a studio, work budget and stipend, there are extended technical and theory facilities. The Rijksakademie provides time, people and possibilities.

We offer:

  • a private studio including wireless internet/heating/electricity,

  • a stipend €15,000 (in 2021)

  • a working budget of €1,500 per year, for the largest part provided by RAEF (Rijksakademie Artists for Artists Endowment Fund),

  • access to technical/theoretical/artistic facilities, advice and support

  • exchange and collaboration within an international network

  • lunch and dinner for subsidized prices in our Cantina (Rijksakademie restaurant)

  • support with visa process in the Netherlands and access to modest, but affordable housing in Amsterdam for international artists.

5. What does the Rijksakademie expect from the resident artists?

Having one or two year time and space, facilities and feedback in an international and diverse artist community is a unique opportunity which can be a transformative experience for your work and thinking. We expect resident artists to be able and willing to commit actively and fulltime to the residency: to your own work but also to the ecology you are part of.

6. I do not work in one discipline, which discipline should I apply in?

When you create an application form in the registration page we ask you to choose from several disciplines..

You can choose between:

Painting/Graphics/Drawing

Sculpture/Installation

Video/Film/Sound/Digital/Photography

Performance/Social Practice

Dividing the applications in disciplines is just a tool for the application & admission team to process all the applications. As a resident of the Rijksakademie you will be free to work in all/ with any disciplines.

7. I’m from (…), do I have to pay the application fee?

A non-refundable application fee of €50 is charged, with an exception for artists living in the following countries:

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Angola, Antigua abd Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Costa Rica, Côte d'Ivoire, Cuba, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Eswatini, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, GRenada, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati,Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Syrian Arab Republic, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor Leste, Togo, Tokelau, Tonga, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Wallis and Futuna, West Bank and Gaza Strip Niue, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.*

* These are the countries from the so-called DAC-list (2020-2023). The DAC is the Development Assistance Committee of the OECD, established in 1961.

8. How can I get a Fellowship?

The Rijksakademie is generously supported by the Dutch government. For the other part the Rijksakademie depends on private and public funding among others by finding fellowships. Fellowships cover the costs of a stipend that every resident artist receives during the residency.

The Rijksakademie requires all resident artists to contribute to their residency by raising a fellowship of €15,000 a year. This requirement consists of an effort obligation towards the Rijksakademie, to be fulfilled by finding a fellowship and transferring it to the Rijksakademie or by providing several declined applications to give proof of your genuine effort.

In case you would be invited for an interview (which is the last stage of the selection procedure), the applicant will receive more information about the fellowship. Getting selected/admitted does not depend on whether you can or will obtain a fellowship. The Rijksakademie Trustfund will contact the selected applicants soon after being selected to offer their help and give you advice on applications for fellowships and funding.


9. Participation fee

The participation fee for all resident artist is €3750, to be paid before the residency starts. More information is being provided after being selected for the residency. In some cases, it is possible to find additional funding or a sponsor for this, besides the Fellowship.

This fee of €3750 will cover a two-year residency. In case the residency will only last one year, €1000 will be reimbursed to the artist.

10. Can I visit the Rijksakademie and meet someone to discuss my application?

Due to the high number of applications we unfortunately can’t provide individual tours or meetings for applicants.

You can visit the Rijksakademie, the studios and workshops during our annual Rijksakademie Open Studio’s that takes place in the spring. We do host other public events. Please check our website or Facebook page for the latest news. It is also possible to visit the Rijksakademie library every Wednesday-Friday between 11 am-5 pm.

We are happy to answer your questions through email: applications@rijksakademie.nl, through the Communication Inbox on the homepage of the application form or after calling us at +31(0)20-5270300.


11. I want to bring my partner/family to Amsterdam if I will be selected for a residency, is this possible?

The Rijksakademie unfortunately cannot support a residence permit or financial help for partners and/or families. This means you will have to provide for your partner and family yourself. Please be aware the stipend provides for a very basic standard of living for one person in Amsterdam. Also, if you are not an EU citizen you are not allowed to work in the Netherlands in order to raise some extra money.

The housing situation in Amsterdam is very difficult. Housing is very hard to find, small and expensive. Most of the apartments the Rijksakademie can offer to international artists are suitable for one person. We have very limited opportunities for (family) housing.

After being selected for the Rijksakademie, we will of course help you to find the best solution for your personal situation.


12. Can I apply more than once?

Due to the high amount of applications, you cannot apply more than 3 times for a residency at the Rijksakademie (starting from the selection process for 2021).

If you already applied before, you still have to fill out a new application form. You can use the same email address as you used previously. When you fill in your email address and password, a new registration page will pop up. When you do not remember your password, please click ‘Forgot password?’ to receive a new password to make a new registration. One you have registered, you can start to complete the application form. Please make sure to include works the jury hasn’t seen before.