Designated Emphasis in Dutch Studies

In October 2012, the Graduate Council of University of California, Berkeley established the Designated Emphasis in Dutch Studies. The D.E. in Dutch Studies provides curricular and research resources for students who want to concentrate on Dutch Studies within their respective disciplines and have their work formally recognized in their degree designation. Designed to bring together faculty and students from different departments, the D.E. is administered by the Graduate Group in Dutch Studies and provides a unique context for rigorous cross-disciplinary research. Sponsoring departments include German, History, History of Art, Southeast Asian Studies, African American Studies, Comparative Literature, French, and Sociology. However, the D.E. is open to interested students regardless of whether their home department is officially affiliated with the D.E. The program helps advance Berkeley’s position as America’s leading Dutch Studies program and facilitate research in and cooperation with other universities in the Netherlands, Belgium, South Africa, Indonesia, and the Caribbean who also have strong Dutch Studies programs. Students applying to the D.E. must be prepared to integrate high-level research in Dutch Studies into their coursework, qualifying exam and dissertation.

The amount of students to be accepted in the program is limited to six in order to ensure that each student receives strong individual support.

Students are required to fill out a form requesting admission, listing their prior preparation in the field, and their projected pathway through the program. In addition, they have to submit a brief essay stating interests and reasons for applying, a CV, a writing sample, and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member in the student’s home department indicating why and how the student would benefit from the D.E.

Students must be admitted to the D.E. prior to taking their Qualifying Exams. Admission will be determined on the basis of how coherently and logically the student can articulate the value of the D.E. for her/his larger course of study and career goals, as well as on the quality of the written work.

Students admitted to the D.E. in Dutch Studies can apply for the annual Orde van den Prince Research Grant. Every year, the section Leuven-Arenberg of the Flemish-Dutch cultural organization Orde van den Prince offers a grant of 500 Euros to support travel costs by D.E. students to the Low Countries. Students who wish to apply for the Orde van den Prince Research Grant need to submit a one-page application about the purpose of their journey to the director of the Designated Emphasis, Prof. Jeroen Dewulf, by April 1. Students are encouraged to write this report in Dutch. In case more than two students apply, the selection will be made by the Orde van den Prince. Students who receive an Orde van den Prince Research Grant are required to visit the city of Leuven during their stay in the Low Countries and to schedule a meeting with a representative of the Orde van den Prince, section Leuven-Arenberg.

Students admitted to the D.E. in Dutch Studies, whose research has a focus on Flemish History of Art, can also apply for a grant to participate at the annual summer course in Flanders. The aim of the summer course is to bring to Flanders, annually, a select group of 18 national and international, highly qualified young researchers. They will be presented with an intensive 10-day program of lectures, discussions, and visits related to the specific course theme within Flemish art. This theme will vary annually and will focus each year on a different art-historical period. Click here for more information.

Contact us (click to email):

Designated Emphasis and Chair of the Executive Committee, Prof. Jeroen Dewulf

Executive Committee member, Prof. Robert Braun

Executive Committee member, Prof. Sylvia Tiwon

Head Graduate Advisor, Prof. Thomas Shannon

Second Graduate Advisor, Prof. Irene Bloemraad

Graduate student adviser Andrea Rapport, Phone (510) 642-3786, Dwinelle 5307