Peter Paul Rubens, Aanbidding door de koningen, 1624-1625, KMSKA, olieverf op paneel, 447 x 336 cm, inv. 298, public domain

Annually, the Summer Course brings a select group of 18 highly qualified young researchers to Flanders. They are offered an intensive 11-day programme of lectures, discussions, and visits related to a specific art historical period of Flemish art. The Summer Course provides the participants with a clear insight into the Flemish art collections from the period at hand, as well as into the current state of research on the topic. The 7th edition of the Summer Course will focus on ‘The Age of Rubens’. It will be held from June 18 until June 28, 2023. Excursions will be made to Antwerp, Mechelen, Leuven, Scherpenheuvel, Bruges, Ghent, Liège and Brussels. The language of the Summer Course is English.


Check the preliminary programme (.pdf).

Who can apply?

Participants have a master's degree or are PhD student, junior curator or restorer and they are specialised in art in the Age of Rubens. The master's degree was earned maximum 10 years ago.

Deadline for applications

20 February 2023, 5 p.m. (Central European Time).

Participation fee

The participation fee of the Summer Course is fixed at €1280 (including VAT) per person. The fee includes the full 11-day programme, 10 overnight hotel stays in a single-occupancy room, all transportation within the programme, all entry tickets, two receptions, five lunches and five dinners. Not included in the participation fee is the transport to and from Belgium.

How to apply?

All applicants should send a resume, a letter of motivation and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member or a museum professional to


In addition to a resume, a letter of motivation and a letter of recommendation, from a faculty member, required for general applications, candidates for financial aid are also asked to send a statement explaining their financial need.


The Summer Course for the study of the arts in Flanders is a joint initiative of:

KMSKA (Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp)

Museum of Fine Arts Ghent 

Musea Brugge

M Leuven
Mu.ZEE (Ostend)

KU Leuven

Flemish Research Centre for the Arts in the Burgundian Netherlands


Flemish Art Collection

Structural content partners are:


Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK/IRPA)

Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Royal Museums of Art and History Brussels

This edition is coordinated by:

Flemish Art Collection


KMSKA (Royal Museum of Fine Arts Antwerp)

Important note

Please note that this is an intensive and physically strenuous course.