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Het Nieuwe Instituut issues several open calls a year. These are invitations to individuals and collectives outside the organisation to contribute to the institute’s activities, for example with a research proposal, fellowship, guest essay or artwork. All the calls are listed here in a regularly updated overview.

Previous open calls

Open Call
Dutch presentation London Design Biennale 2023

Het Nieuwe Instituut is launching an open call for (individual) curators and collectives to send a proposal for the Dutch presentation at the London Design Biennale 2023: The Global Game: Remapping Collaborations.Together with the Dutch Embassy of the United Kingdom, which is supporting the Dutch contribution to this biennale edition, Het Nieuwe Instituut invites curators and collectives to send a proposal that represents the Dutch design field and builds on its strengths in international collaboration. The deadline is October 18.

Call to participate
Call to participate and the Network Archives Design and Digital Culture (NADD) invite institutions and creators from the fields of design, digital culture and performing arts to map their archives with the help of a coach and plan for their sustainable preservation and accessibility. The deadline to register is October 6.

Open Call Venice Architecture Biennale 2023
The Biennale as Metabolism

Het Nieuwe Instituut and Creative Industries Fund NL are launching an open call for proposals from (landscape) architects, urban planners and spatial researchers that will expose the invisible flows of materials, waste and labour that lie behind the exhibitions at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Mapping and visualising this metabolism can increase the insight and awareness needed to develop a more sustainable biennale that makes a positive contribution to the Venetian ecosystem.

Open Call
Solar Ideas

Het Nieuwe Instituut is offering designers, makers and others the chance to share their own solar energy concepts through Solar Ideas, an open call for objects, drawings, photos, texts and other contributions. Selected submissions will be featured in The Energy Show exhibition. The deadline for contributions is 21 August.

Open call
Call For Fellows 2022: Testing Grounds

Since its foundation in 2013, Het Nieuwe Instituut has carried out and supported research in architecture, design and digital culture. Exhibitions, lectures, archival investigations and publications have served as outputs of research, but more importantly as active platforms for its development. Het Nieuwe Instituut’s Fellowship Programme has a fundamental role in these platforms. Intended as a means of supporting and learning from a variety of research initiatives and methodologies, the fellowship is ultimately an opportunity to rehearse other modes of thinking and doing. For this year's theme, the Research department proposes Testing Grounds as the focus for the 2022 Open Call. The deadline is August 10.

Open Call
Design Drafts: Is design just a game?

Het Nieuwe Instituut’s Design Drafts programme in collaboration with Disegno Journal (London) presents an open call for up-and-coming design writers and writings, to investigate and draft what it means to write about design today. By responding to the question: “Is design just a game?” six selected applicants will be invited to participate in ideation, writing, editing and publishing sessions with the Disegno and Het Nieuwe Instituut teams, in order to write a contribution in the format of their preference. Deadline for submission is 28 May 2022.

Open Call
Your talent on The Podium

Are you incredibly talented and not afraid of heights? This summer, a unique building will appear on top of Het Nieuwe Instituut, designed by architects MVRDV. At a considerable height, with a view over Rotterdam, it will be the place for special performances, talks and more. And the best thing is – you’re invited to be part of it! The possibilities are (almost) completely endless for you as a performer, collective, act or creative Rotterdammer. Apply before 1 May 2022 and show what you can do on The Podium: whether it’s your tuba concert, yoga workshop, performance art piece, brass band, fashion show, book presentation, dance performance, spoken word or something completely different!

Call for Sensitivity Readers
Be a sensitivity reader for the first book in the new series Women in Architecture!

In order to prevent tunnel vision and to involve a wider audience in a dialogue and discussions about the theme of Women in Architecture, we are looking for sensitivity readers for the editorial board to read the texts with an inclusive and open mind. Reading and discussion of the texts is planned for May and June 2022. If you are interested, please send a short motivation letter of maximum 500 words to The deadline for sending in your motivation is 3 March 2022 at 5pm. When applying, please state your name, email address and a short biography (max. 150 words). The selection for the editorial board will be announced on March 23, 2022.

Prix de Rome 2022

The Prix de Rome is the Netherlands’ oldest prize for visual artists under the age of 40 and architects under the age of 35. This edition is open to architects, landscape architects and urban planners. The deadline is 4 March 2022. This year the Prix de Rome  is organised by the Mondriaan Fund in collaboration with the Creative Industries Fund NL and on behalf of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science. The award presentation is organised in collaboration with Het Nieuwe Instituut.

Open Call
Network Archives Design and Digital Culture (NADD) research residency 2022

The Network Archives Design and Digital Culture (NADD) invites applications for a research residency scheduled for a three-month period from September to November 2022. The residency aims to explore the potential of networked infrastructures for archival practices in design and digital culture. What can we learn by archiving these domains through decentralised structures? What tensions do such approaches revea, and what challenges do they present? Proposals to address these issues can be submitted until 10 April 2022 (23:59 CET). Two residency positions will be awarded, each with a stipend of 5,000 euros.

Solar Ideas

Het Nieuwe Instituut wishes to invite visitors, practitioners from the field and others who are interested to share their own initiatives regarding solar energy. This is happening, among others, through the Solar Ideas: an open call for objects, drawings, texts and other documents. A selection of these will be shown in the exhibition The Energy Show

Open Call
Tilting Axis Fellowship

Het Nieuwe Instituut and Tilting Axis are launching the third iteration of the Fellowship program for mid-career or established applicants based in the Caribbean. The initiative aims to foster and stimulate mutual exchange between the Caribbean region and the Dutch cultural field. Together with the leading partners - Het Nieuwe Instituut and Tilting Axis - other cultural institutions including Amsterdam Museum, De Appel, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, and Kunstinstituut Melly will collaborate with the selected applicant during the Fellowship. Deadline for submission is 27 May 2022.

Call for PhD proposals
Architecture and Democracy - Institutions

The Jaap Bakema Study Centre, together with the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology and Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam invite PhD proposals to expand the Architecture and Democracy programme. This programme investigates how, over the course of the 20th century, architecture and urban planning played a role in representing, embodying and enabling democracy. The deadline for submission is 16 May 2022.

Architecture and Democracy expands the PhD portfolio of the Department of Architecture of TU Delft and connects with the programme of the Jaap Bakema Study Centre and the National Collection of Dutch Architecture and Urban Planning at Het Nieuwe Instituut.