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Koninklijke Nederlandse Academie van Wetenschappen (Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences)
The Academy's mission is to ensure the quality of scientific research in the Netherlands. The fundamental research carried out today will provide a basis for the applied research of tomorrow and, in turn, for the practical application of science in the future.

Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO) / Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research
NWO promotes scientific research at Dutch universities and institutes through nearly 170 different research programmes and grants.

The Amsterdam-Maastricht Summer University (AMSU)
The AMSU offers courses in various disciplines in co-operation with a wide range of cutting edge international experts in order to provide  participants with the most advanced educational experience. For the art history courses the AMSU collaborates with the RKD, the Rijksmuseum and CODART.

Onderzoekschool Kunstgeschiedenis (OSK) / Dutch postgraduate school for art history
The Dutch Postgraduate School for Art History (OSK) stimulates and coordinates art-historical research in the Netherlands, especially in the field of Dutch art and architecture. Research is carried out in the Departments of Art History of five Dutch universities and by scholars working for the Rijksmuseum, the Van Gogh Museum, The Netherlands Institute for Art History (Rijksbureau voor Kunsthistorische Documentatie) and the Organization for the Preservation of Historical Monuments (Rijksdienst voor de Monumentenzorg). The OSK is responsible for the postgraduate education of Dutch art historians, preparing for their PhD.

Huizinga Instituut, Onderzoekschool voor Cultuurgeschiedenis / Research institute and graduate school of cultural history
The Huizinga Institute is the national Dutch research network for Cultural History. It was founded in 1995, and has flourished as a forum for debate and exchange of scholarly views in the field, also functioning as the principal Dutch provider of excellent, cutting-edge coursework and education for research students and PhD candidates in this field. The Institute takes its name from one of the founders of cultural history: Johan Huizinga, with for example his The Waning of the Middle Ages.

Amsterdam Centrum voor de Studie van de Gouden Eeuw / Amsterdam Centre for the Study of the Golden Age
The centre encourages the study encourages the study and knowledge of Dutch history and culture in the 17th Century.

Research Institute for History and Art History
The Research Institute for History and Art History coordinates the research in the fields of history and art history. Most of the art historians affiliated to Utrecht University carry out research into the art of the Low Countries within a European context. They ask themselves how the arts of the Low Countries could acquire such a leading position in European culture, and how the exchange of influences developed between the Low Countries and other European cultural centres, Italy in particular.

Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS)
NIAS is an institute for advanced study in the humanities and social sciences. Each year, the Institute invites around 50 carefully selected scholars, both from within and outside the Netherlands, to its centre in Wassenaar where they are given the opportunity to do research over a ten-month or five-month period. Fellows carry out their research either as individuals or as part of a research theme group.

Meertens Instituut, Amsterdam
The Meertens Institute, established in 1926, has been a research institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) since 1952. We study the diversity in language and culture in the Netherlands. Our focus is on contemporary research into factors that play a role in determining social identities in the Dutch society.

Universities in the Netherlands that offer art historical education
University of Amsterdam: www.hum.uva.nl
VU University Amsterdam: www.let.vu.nl
University of Groningen: www.rug.nl/let/
Leiden University: hum.leiden.edu
Radboud University Nijmegen: www.ru.nl/facultyofarts/
Erasmus University Rotterdam: www.eshcc.eur.nl/english/
Utrecht University: www.uu.nl/faculty/humanities/
Reinwardt Academy (Master in Museology Program): www.ahk.nl/en/reinwardt/


Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Arts
KVAB is the Academy of Flanders, a Royal learned society for promoting science and the arts, both in the academic world as in society.

Research within the framework of Illuminare focuses on the following domains: production, reception and contextual meaning of Medieval and Early Modern Netherlandish art from an interdisciplinary perspective; technical research, conservation and cataloguing of illuminated manuscripts and iconology of the middle ages (Iconology Research Group). Illuminare publishes three series: the Corpus of Illuminated Manuscripts (Peeters Publishers), Art and Religion (Peeters Publishers) and Iconologies (ASP). Illuminare organized several international exhibitions: recently Rogier van der Weyden 1400|1464 – Master of Passions (M – Museum Leuven, 2009) and the Anjou Bible – Naples 1340 – a Royal Manuscript Revealed (M – Museum Leuven 2010).

Universities in Belgium that offer art historical education
Vrije Universiteit Brussel: www.vub.ac.be
Ghent University: www.ugent.be/en/
KU Leuven: www2.arts.kuleuven.be


Institut Néerlandais, Paris
The Institut Néerlandais was established in 1957 and is one of the oldest foreign cultural centres in Paris. The institute organizes exhibitions, concerts, film screenings, colloquia, lectures, debates and Dutch language courses. At the same time, it is a platform for Dutch culture in France and a meeting place that facilitates Dutch-French dialogue. In addition, it plays a mediating role between French and Dutch cultural institutions and artists.


Dutch University Institute for Art History, Florence (Nederlands Interuniversitair Kunsthistorisch Instituut/Istituto Universitario Olandese di Storia dell'Arte)
The Dutch University Institute for Art History in Florence, founded in 1958, forms part of Utrecht University and is administered by a group of six universities. The Institute promotes research on Italian art, on Dutch and Flemish art and artists in Italy and on the rich tradition of artistic exchange and mutual influence between Italy and the North.

Dutch Institute, Rome (Nederlands Instituut/Istituto Olandese)
The NIR is an interacademic institute for scientific education and research for history, art history and archaeology. The NIR offers scholarships to students and young scholars from Dutch universities and organizes courses. The Institute plays a mediating role between the Dutch academic world and the Italian and foreign scientific institutes in Rome.

Academia Belgica
The Belgian historical institute in Rome offers services for art-historical research and art production.