Royal Flemish Academy for Science and the Arts (VLAC)

The Royal Flemish Academy for Science and the Arts aims to encourage interuniversity cooperation in Flanders and abroad, and encourages the work of young scientists. In 1999 the Royal Academy established the Flemish Academic Centre (VLAC), an institution dedicated to the encouragement, support and dissemination of scientific and artistic research.

How does it work?

Each year, VLAC offers a number of fellowships to top-range academics from abroad, including accommodation in the Royal Academy’s building.
Proposals are to be submitted by academy members and permanent staff members of a Flemish University, a higher institution for art, or the Fund for Scientific Research (FWO-Flanders).

Foreign researchers can spend 3 to 6 months at the academy.

The VLAC serves as a forum for international contacts on a high level. During their stay, foreign academics are expected to carry out research and to establish contacts and collaborations with their colleagues at Flemish universities, research institutes or colleges of art. The visitors work closely with at least one Flemish colleague and are expected to give lectures in one or more of the above-mentioned institutions. The main activities take place at the Academy, where the necessary office facilities are available.

How much funding is involved?

Fellows receive a grant of 3,000 euro per month. In addition, their travelling and living expenses are paid by agreement with the Academy. Fellows must organise their own travel to Belgium (visa, permits, tickets, etc.). The Academy can provide any necessary invitations for the embassy or other official institutions.

For more information:

Lieve Huys
Research Coordination Office
Sint-Pietersnieuwstraat 25
B-9000 Gent
phone: +32 9 264 30 28 - fax: +32 9 264 35 83