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Application and admission

Museum Objects as Evidence is primarily aimed at young professionals and students of history, art history, archaeology and anthropology, but other humanities students interested in questions of cultural heritage may apply.

Entry requirements

This Summer School is aimed primarily at advanced students (Master's and PhD level preferred) and young professionals specialising in the fields of history, art history, archaeology, or anthropology – but other humanities students interested in questions of cultural heritage are also welcome to apply. Selection is based on academic achievement, relevant work experience, and motivation to attend.

Application documents

Students can apply for the summer course by completing the digital application form and uploading the following documents:

  • Motivation letter. Describe in 350 words (maximum) why you are interested in taking this course. Please include: all previous academic and/or formal training experience in the field, specific areas of interest and what you specifically wish to learn relating to the topic.
  • Curriculum vitae. A detailed up-to-date overview of your educational and professional (including voluntary work) career. 

Deadline for Application: 1 March 2020

The closing date for all applications was 1 March, 2020, at 6:00 p.m. (Amsterdam time/CET). Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and we therefore encourage candidates to apply at their earliest convenience. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.

Selection procedure

A limited number of 15 participants will be admitted to the course.

  • Selection of applicants is based on academic achievement, relevant work experience and motivation to apply.
  • All applications must be submitted online and in English. Applications or related materials delivered via email, postal mail, or in person will not be accepted.
  • Final selection will be made by the programme committee in March 2020. All applicants will be notified by 30 March 2020.

Minimum and maximum participation limit

As there is a maximum participation limit for this course, an early application is recommended.

  • If students know there is a chance they may have to cancel, we encourage them to contact us as soon as possible so that other applicants may take their place and so that non-refundable items (such as housing) are not booked for them. 
  • In the event that a programme must be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, students who have paid tuition will be reimbursed in full.
  • The University of Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum and the Bard Graduate Center reserve the right to cancel the Summer School should the number of eligible applicants not meet the minimum requirement or due to unforeseen circumstances.