Several Flemish research centres, universities and art museums have collaborated in organizing the first Summer Course for the Study of the Arts in Flanders in 2015. Today the programme, the participation fee and grant possibilities are announced.
The aim of the Summer Course is to bring a group of 18 select national and international, highly qualified young researchers to Flanders annually. The programme targets PhD-students in art history, specialised in 15th century Burgundian art, from all over the world. They will be presented with an intensive 10-day program of lectures, discussions, and visits related to Jan van Eyck and his artistic context.
Thanks to the generous support of the Flemish Government the participation fee of the Summer Course is now set at €900 per person. The fee includes the full 10-day programme, 10 overnight hotel stays (Bruges, Ghent, Brussels) in a single-occupancy room, all transportation within the programme, all entry tickets, 2 receptions, 5 dinners and 5 lunches. Not included in the participation fee is the transportation to and from Belgium, 4 lunches and 4 dinners.
In order to facilitate students with limited financial means to participate in the programme, the organisors of the Summer Course for the Study of the Arts in Flanders together with the Flemish Government have made available two grants of €450 each. These grants will be awarded (preferably) to one European and one non-European applicant of the Summer Course. The recipients of the grant will pay a reduced participation fee of €450 instead of the regular fee.
Thanks to the generous support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation's History of Art Grants Program two US students and citizens are offered a grant that will fully cover the programme fee and round trip flights between Belgium and the US. In addition to a resume and letter of motivation required for general applications, candidates for the grants are asked to send a one page statement explaining their financial need and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member. Applicants will be informed of the outcome of the selection process in early December.
The first edition of the summer course is titled The age of van Eyck in context and will take place from June 21 through July 1 2015. Its content is coordinated by Musea Brugge and the Flemish Research Centre for the Arts in the Burgundian Netherlands. The programme will take place in Bruges, Ghent and Brussels. The language of the summer course will be English.