We are pleased to announce the availability of a one-year research fellowship for outstanding doctoral candidates or postdoctoral researchers in Art History. Through the generous support of the Belgian American Educational Foundation (BAEF) and Mrs. Eric Le Jeune, the Rubenianum Fellowship Programme formalizes Antwerp’s tradition of transatlantic outreach and exchange.
The Rubenianum promotes and facilitates the study of the work of Peter Paul Rubens in particular and more broadly that of his Antwerp predecessors, contemporaries, and followers. Research projects should relate to these core strengths of the institute and can focus on 16th- and 17th-century paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, and decorative arts and their relation to culture and society. Students whose dissertations will particularly benefit from collection, library, and archival holdings in Antwerp and Belgium are strongly encouraged to apply. Dutch language skills increase eligibility for the programme.
Fellows will receive a stipend of $28,000. If the fellow chooses to remain less than the full 12 months, the stipend will be prorated accordingly. The fellowship period must be at least 6 months. In addition to the stipend, the BAEF will provide health insurance.
The Rubenianum will provide office space and access to its art history library and its special collections. The Fellow will work closely with Rubenianum staff. He or she will be encouraged to engage in current projects and in the research culture of the institute. Professors, librarians, curators, and other visiting scholars will be available for consultation. The Fellow will work on site with curatorial staff of the Rubens House Museum and will attend conferences, symposia, and lectures at the Rubenianum. Introductions will be provided to other research institutes in Antwerp and beyond. The Fellow is expected to take part in interuniversity seminars in Leuven (KU Leuven) and will give a public Rubenianum Lecture in the historic Kolveniershof.
Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Applicants must either be enrolled in a graduate program leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in the United States, or already hold a Ph.D. in Art History. Preference is given to applicants under the age of 30. The Fellow must reside in Beligum during the tenure of his or her fellowship.
Application forms can be downloaded from the BAEF website at www.baef.us. In addition to a completed application form, applicants must furnish:
- Undergraduate and graduate transcripts
- A complete curriculum vitae
- A three-page research proposal, outlining how your study will take advantage of the resources available
- A copy of a published paper or a recent writing sample
- Three letters of recommendation
Completed applications for the 2020-2021 fellowship must be submitted as electronic documents in pdf format attached to an email sent not later than October 31, 2019 to Prof. Dr. Emile Boulpaep, President of the BAEF.
Applications will be reviewed by the BAEF Selection Committee. The selected applicant will be notified by May 1, 2020. The Fellow may start at the Rubenianum any time from September until the end of December 2020.
For additional information, please contact Dr. Abigail Newman at the Rubenianum, firstname.lastname@example.org, +32 3 201 15 77.