New scholarship programme strengthens collaboration in cultural heritage
In an ambitious move towards international collaboration and knowledge exchange, Nuffic proudly announces the launch of the Cultural Heritage scholarship programme. This groundbreaking initiative, funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by Nuffic, aims to provide students and young professionals from Indonesia, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Suriname, and South Africa with the opportunity to pursue a specialised master's programme in the field of cultural heritage in the Netherlands.
The programme, which will financially support 15-20 selected participants, focuses on promoting knowledge and skills related to provenance research, heritage restitution, and the management and organisation of exhibitions and collections. Hereby the Netherlands offers a valuable opportunity for participants to gain expertise in studying and managing (returned) cultural heritage.
The first scholarships will be awarded in the spring of 2024, with selected students commencing their master's programme in September 2024. The offered specialisations include programmes such as Applied Museum and Heritage Studies, Colonial and Global History or Cultural History and Heritage, and other related fields that closely align with the needs of the participating countries.
Countries of which the Netherlands currently possesses cultural artifacts place great importance on reclaiming their cultural heritage but do not see this as the ultimate goal. These countries also value increasing knowledge in the fields of heritage and museology. Assistance in establishing museum infrastructure, training expert personnel, collaborative research, and knowledge exchange are considered crucial by them to effectively protect returned heritage.
Nuffic is thrilled to manage this programme. The launch of this programme signifies a crucial step towards mutual collaboration in the field of cultural heritage between the Netherlands and the countries of origin. Roos Hogenkamp MT member and manager of Nuffic Global: "I am proud of this new innovative scholarship programme, as it promotes equal knowledge collaboration between the Netherlands and the global south". With this programme, the Netherlands reaffirms its commitment to promoting understanding, collaboration, and knowledge exchange in the field of cultural heritage, providing a valuable opportunity for future leaders in this field to develop their skills and contribute to the protection of our shared heritage.