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Het Nieuwe Instituut invites Dutch cultural organisations to submit an application before 29 November, 10 am, for a financial contribution of up to €2,500 for a visit of one or more international guests. The multi-day visit must stimulate international networks and exchanges with the broader Dutch design fields, encapsulating architecture, urban planning, design, fashion, digital culture, and gaming. The visit must take place between 1 January and 30 June 2020.

Every year as part of the International Visitors Programme, Het Nieuwe Instituut invites international professionals to the Netherlands, facilitates specific visitors invited at the request of Dutch embassies, and as part of the Open Call offers cultural institutions a contribution for the visit of their own international guests. The visitor's programme is made possible by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Who can apply?

Cultural organisations based in the Netherlands. Educational organisations are eligible if the visit benefits a specific activity that is demonstrably outside of the regular curriculum and is accessible to the public. Foreign organisations and embassies cannot apply.

If you have questions about the possibilities of the International Visitors Programme you can contact the programme manager, Kim Bouvy, at or phone +31 (0) 6 83 21 69 21.


  • One application may be submitted per applicant, per round, for a contribution of a maximum of €2,500 (excluding tax). The contribution is to pay for travel and the subsistence expenses and programme costs of a multi-day visit by one or more professionals established outside of the Netherlands such as designers, curators, directors, theorists, policy advisers, or journalists, working in the fields of architecture, design, and digital culture. The applicant must arrange for a suitable fee for the guest separately. See the downloadable pdf for specific requirements.
  • The applicant must prove that the visit is of added value to the guest, the receiving party, and their audience, by organising their visitors' programme alongside relevant meetings. A 'visitor programme' is understood to mean a visit by one or more non-Dutch professionals to a specific event or activity in the design field by a relevant government organisation or other cultural institution within the disciplines of architecture, design, and digital culture.
  • The visit must meet at least one of the following criteria:
  1. Be aimed at deepening and broadening a publicly accessible programme - the guest is an authority in a specific field, or the subject is not yet known to the Dutch public.
  2. Strengthen international contacts of the organisation and the visitor, who has not previously / often been a guest in the Netherlands, or not yet in possession of an extensive Dutch network.
  3. Promote the establishment or development of a specific cooperation project in or with the Netherlands.
  • The application must clarify the motivation for the proposed guest on the basis of a short biography, a link to the programme, and the objectives of the organisation.
  • The event for which the visitor is invited (as a speaker or guest) must be described in the application in terms of its nature, scope, and target groups.
  • Reimbursed costs are for travel (airline / train tickets, taxi) from, to, and within the Netherlands (based on second class/economy), accommodation costs (hotel) up to a maximum of €175 per night, and additional programme costs (entrance fees for other visitors to the Netherlands, or network dinner) up to a maximum of €1000. Costs not reimbursed include speaker or participation fees for lectures and meetings, visas and living costs, publicity, and other costs incurred in financing your own event. You must submit a realistic budget with your application.
  • The visit should take place between 1 January and 30 June 2020.


  • The digital form must be submitted no later than 29 November 2019, 10 am. Applications submitted later cannot be processed. You are advised to submit the application as early as possible so that any feedback or adjustments are still possible. If your application does not meet the conditions you will be notified as soon as possible.
  • Questions can be sent to Kim Bouvy, Programme manager, International Visitors Programme at
  • You will receive a confirmation by email after submitting your application.
  • A committee of experts in the field of architecture, design, and digital culture will make a selection from the applications. The aim is to distribute the awards as evenly as possible across various disciplines and countries. The committee consists of Mathias Lehner (architect and international programme manager, Branchevereniging Nederlandse Architectenbureaus), Shirley Niemans (study leader BSc Crossover Creativity, Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Utrecht), Maaike Roozenburg (designer and head of the Industrial Design department, Koninklijke Academie voor Beeldende Kunsten, The Hague), and is chaired by Francien van Westrenen (head of agency, Het Nieuwe Instituut).
  • Applicants will be notified as early as possible in the first half of December 2019.
  • Upon awarding of funds, an agreement is drawn up between Het Nieuwe Instituut and the applicant in which the mutual obligations are laid down.
  • Payment is made afterwards, on the basis of invoicing actual costs up to a maximum of €2,500 (excluding tax) with supporting documents.
  • Settlement and substantive reporting must be completed and submitted within one month of the end of the visit.
  • The committee honours applications specifically on the combination of the applicant, guest/s to be received, and the proposed programme. If anything should change you should contact Het Nieuwe Instituut immediately. The visit is evaluated by both the applicant and the guest by means of a survey.
  • If your application is rejected in an earlier round, you can resubmit in the following round. Evaluations of previous visits that have been honoured can be included in the assessment for a possible new application from the same organisation.
  • An organisation can receive a maximum of €2,500 per year as a contribution to the costs of an international visitors' programme.
  • The financial contribution of the Open Call is not a subsidy. Applications are assessed and weighed by a committee, taking into account the various disciplines and countries. In the event of a rejection, you cannot submit a notice of objection.