Study and promote European art (15th to 18th centuries), particularly from the Southern Netherlands. Contribute to the development of the scientific investigation of artworks, collaborate in heritage conservation-restoration expertise and encourage research in restoration history.

Fellowships and funding

Doctoral thesis fellowship

The Foundation awards grants for doctoral fellowships for art history research (from the 15th to the 18th century) at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. This one-year fellowship can be renewed three times. A call for applications will be put out every year in April.

Next call for applications: from 1 April to 30 June 2021 —  Application Form

Research fellowship

The Foundation offers its support to a Belgian researcher or an international researcher engaged in post-doctoral research on Art History or Conservation-Restoration at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. This researcher will have obtained a doctorate at least four years before. The researcher will reside on the Foundation’s premises for the duration of the fellowship.

Next call for applications: to be confirmed

Publication Grants

Every year, the Foundation awards grants for the publication of a doctoral thesis or for a publication that represents a significant advance in the fields of European art history (14th to 18th centuries), conservation-restoration or the technical study of artworks.

Submission deadline: 30 September 2020 –  Application Form

For this year, the application form must be submitted only on electronic support (PDF) sent by email or by Wetransfer (and not sent on paper to the foundation).

Preliminary Study Grants (conservation-restoration)

The Foundation funds a preliminary study for the conservation-restoration of a work that is representative of the history of European art dating from the 14th to the 18th century. It must be carried out by a qualified Belgian conservator and take into account the authenticity of the object, as well as its historical and aesthetic dimensions.

Submission deadline: 30 September 2020Application Form

For this year, the application form must be submitted only on electronic support (PDF) sent by email or by Wetransfer (and not sent on paper to the foundation).

Library, image library and archives

This specialized documentation is the result of donations made to the Foundation of library and archive funds which have belonged, in particular, to:     

    • Paul Philippot,     
    • Catheline Périer-D’Ieteren,     
    • Jean-Luc Pypaert,     
    • Sophie Schneebalg-Perelman,     
    • Lucien Basch,    
    • Ms. Mercenier.

May these generous donors be warmly thanked here.

The library covers a wide range of artistic creations dating from the 15th to the 18th century, with a special focus on what was produced in the former Southern Netherlands between 1430 and 1570. It also has a special fund dedicated to the technical study of artworks and their conservation and restoration. The image library holds an important collection of images, particularly of Flemish paintings, Brabant altarpieces and mural paintings. Several sections illustrate the different artistic techniques and specific conservation-restoration issues. The archives contain documents from studies carried out by Catheline Périer-D’Ieteren, Paul Philippot and Sophie Schneebalg-Perelman in the fields of art history and conservation-restoration.