Funding Opportunity: The Servane de Layre-Mathéus Grant Fund of the American Friends of Chartres (Deadline: 31 March 2023)

The American Friends of Chartres is accepting proposals from current graduate students and
emerging scholars for its annual research grant for the study of Chartres. The American Friends
of Chartres will provide a stipend of $2,000.00 and will facilitate lodging, as well as access to the
cathedral, the Centre International du Vitrail, the municipal library, archival collections and
related resources.
The grant will help to support a research project requiring on-site research in Chartres that
promises to advance knowledge and understanding of the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Chartres
or its historical contexts in the medieval to early modern period. Topics in the fields of art
history, history, or related disciplines might include architecture, stained glass, sculpture, urban
development, economy, religious practices, manuscripts, or the cathedral treasury, among
Applicants should currently be pursuing a Ph.D. or have received the degree within the last six
years. Following the research project, the grantee is asked to provide a synopsis of the research
and conclusions, which will be publicized through the cultural activities and website of the
American Friends of Chartres. Questions about the grant may be addressed to
Applicants should supply:
A description of up to 500 words of the proposed project, including:

  • questions to be researched and their importance to scholarship on the art, culture, or
    history of Chartres;
  • requirements for access to monuments, works of art, and archival resources;
  • projected length of time and tentative dates to be spent in Chartres;
  • expectations for publication of conclusions, whether alone or as part of a larger project,
    including a Ph.D. dissertation, article, or book.
    A current Curriculum Vitae
    Names and contact information of two references
    Please send application materials as e-mail attachments in Word or PDF format to

The Servane de Layre-Mathéus Fund for Research on Chartres Cathedral
The American Friends of Chartres has established a special fund honoring the memory of
Servane de Layre-Mathéus (1939-2020), co-founder of Chartres–Sanctuaire du Monde, of the
Centre International du Vitrail, and of American Friends of Chartres. Servane dedicated much of
her life to the preservation of Notre-Dame de Chartres Cathedral, and to the pursuit and
transmission of knowledge of medieval art, culture, and spirituality. In recognition of her
contributions, she was made chevalier of the Légion d’honneur, officier des Arts et des Lettres,
and officier de l’ordre national du


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