The CNA Fellowship Program supports and nurtures future generations of scholars and specialists in Netherlandish Art globally, with a focus on object-based research and learning in connection to public-facing scholarship. Through mentorship and access to the MFA’s rich collections, resources, and research facilities, fellows further their professional development and are part of an active learning community in Boston. Through the Fellowship Program, the CNA seeks to build a global cohort of fellows. By doing so, the Center aims to foster meaningful and lasting connections to enhance the field of Netherlandish Art as a whole.
The call for applications is now open! Apply for a fellowship through the MFA’s job portal below. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until January 30, 2022. Candidates are encouraged to apply at their earliest convenience.
During the program’s inaugural academic year, which begins in September 2022, the CNA will host up to three fellows. Two fellowships, lasting nine to twelve months, are available for candidates focusing on Netherlandish Art from the 17th century. Lasting for six months, the Flanders State of the Art Fellowship supports a fellow focused more specifically on Flemish art and culture from the period, supported by the Government of Flanders.
Fellowships at the CNA provide opportunities for talented individuals at different stages of their careers—from outstanding predoctoral candidates to emerging scholars at the postdoctoral level—to conduct independent research connected to the MFA’s collection of Netherlandish art. This may include preparation for submission of a PhD proposal, dissertation research and writing, and preparing a publication, among other research activities. As a multidisciplinary initiative, the Fellowship Program is open to individuals in a variety of professional and academic fields to encourage creative thinking and new scholarship. Fellows are drawn from a highly competitive international application pool and receive a workspace in the CNA Library. Compensation includes a salary and travel allowance as well as a generous benefits package.
Fellows share their research among themselves and with MFA staff, spark dialogue, and exchange ideas and opinions. They are fully incorporated into the work of the MFA and may consult on projects related to their research. Core to the CNA’s mission is the broad sharing of research with the public in order to promote the appreciation of Netherlandish art. As such, fellows present their research through the MFA’s public programs and online platforms to benefit a range of audiences.
The CNA’s active network of academic partners—both regional and international—play a critical role in the Fellowship Program. They are involved in candidate selection and support fellows with training and supervision. Joint initiatives undertaken with these partners provide opportunities for the dissemination and use of knowledge generated during the fellowship.
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