Fellowships: Mellon fellowships for the Santiago Cathedral project (deadline 2nd June 2014)

portico-g[1]The Complutense Foundation and the Barrié Foundation, in collaboration with the Santiago Cathedral Foundation, the Real Colegio Complutense at Harvard and the Spanish Cultural Heritage Institute (IPCE), are pleased to announce a program of fellowships, generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, to support research in the context of the Santiago Cathedral Project.

The Santiago Cathedral Project

Sponsored by the Barrié Foundation with an initial endowment of 4,000,000 euros, the Santiago Cathedral Project is one the most ambitious projects of historical research and conservation currently under way in a major monument in Europe, focusing specifically on the 12th-century western narthex of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), also known as the Pórtico de la Gloria (Portal of Glory). For the scale and quality of its sculptural ensemble, its architectural design, its polychromy, and its significance in the cultural history of Europe as the entrance to the millions of pilgrims who have travelled to the Shrine of St. James throughout the centuries, this monument is widely held as one of the crowning achievements of medieval art.

During the initial phase of the Santiago Cathedral Project (2008-13), multi-disciplinary teams of experts from Spain, Italy, and Germany have worked developing several lines of investigation: historical research and planimetric documentation; construction and structural studies; analyses of polychromy and bio-deterioration; the monitoring of environmental conditions; and the testing of chemical and laser treatments. The large amounts of data gathered in these studies has served to draft a conservation and research plan that will be implemented, in a second phase, over the next three years.

This new phase offers a unique opportunity to open up the project to international researchers, conservation specialists, and advanced graduate students in the humanities and social sciences in order to create an interdisciplinary forum around the study of this World Heritage Monument. Broadly conceived in its intellectual outreach, the Santiago Cathedral Project aims to galvanize research on related monuments along the pilgrimage road to Santiago, as well as helping promote innovative approaches to the study of various aspects medieval culture with ramifications for many areas of inquiry. In addition to enabling this fellowship program, the grant provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will support the organization of lectures, seminars, conferences and publications which will bring together fellowship recipients and other distinguished scholars in order to foster debate and the creation of a dynamic research network.

Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships, Spring 2014

Deadline: June 2, 2014

The spring 2014 call for applications offers a total of 6 fellowships in the areas related to the multi-disciplinary lines of research involved in the Santiago Cathedral Project (art history, archaeology, architectural history, cultural history, manuscript studies, anthropology, archival research in American and European institutions and databases, conservation, and others). They are divided in two categories:

  • Type A: Four fellowships are open to advanced graduate students enrolled in a PhD program who have completed all requirements for the degree other than the dissertation, or graduate students enrolled in a conservation program at various levels. Each fellowship provides a monthly stipend of $1,330 for up to 6 months.
  • Type B: Two fellowships are open to postdoctoral candidates, senior researchers, and conservation specialists providing a monthly stipend of $1,650 for up to 12 months.

Mellon fellows will also receive an accommodation and travel allowance to meet the specific needs of their project. Fellows do not need to be in residence at any required place but they will be expected to meet with members of the Scientific Committee of the Santiago Cathedral Project when required, and occasionally participate in workshops convened during their tenure. Mellon fellows have the option of re-applying for a one-time renewal of their fellowship, which may be awarded on a competitive basis.




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