Despite the growing academic interest in the history of freemasonry and western esotericism, there are little funds available to students and scholars for active research into these subjects. University funds are limited as a result of cut backs and academic funds are usually reserved for full time research projects. For most subsidiaries, such as cultural funds, the history of freemasonry is still an unknown subject, not prioritized or even excluded from support.
Professional research involves both material and travel costs, so lack of funding means that opportunities are missed. This is why the OVN aims to make research grants available to students, PhD-students and senior scholars.
OVN-research grants awarded in 2003-2010:
- a French academic for travel and accomodation, in order to research 18th century masonic rituals in the Kloss-library in the collection of the Cultural Masonic Center ‘Prins Frederik’ in The Hague;
- a Dutch academic for travel and accomodation, in order to research the relationship between freemasonry and music in the 18th and 19th centuries in the collections of several European institutes;
- a Dutch student for providing an overview of publishers of masonic books in the 18th century;
- a team of two Scandinavian researchers for travel and accomodation in order to research the collection of the Cultural Masonic Center ‘Prins Frederik’ in The Hague;
- a Dutch academic for research into the relationship between freemasonry and art history, based on the collection of the Cultural Masonic Center ‘Prins Frederik’ in The Hague;
- a Dutch academic, rewarded a second grant for travel and accomodation, in order to further research the relationship between freemasonry and music in the 18th and 19th centuries in the collections of several European institutes;
- a Dutch student for making an inventory of the historical archive of the Dutch Federation of the International Order of Co-Masonry ‘Le Droit Humain’.
Grant applications may concern short or long term research projects, as well as the preparation of publications, exhibitions or other professional projects.
The subject of the proposed project must be clearly relevant to the history of freemasonry or related currents in the Netherlands or its former territories, or stimulate the accessibility of Dutch archive materials in relevant collections.
The application must show an academic research attitude and must meet other criteria, specified in the Grant Regulations of the OVN (a copy will be made available by the Secretary at request).
The OVN regularly announced new rounds of applications with a specific deadline. It is not possible to apply for grants outside these application rounds.
As funds are limited, unfortunately not all applications can be honoured. All applications are considered by a committee of academic experts from relevant fields of study, in order to maintain a high standard in supported research.
The research grants are made possible by the (yearly) contributions of individual donors of the OVN Foundation. As the number of donors grows, the grants can provide more and more substantial support. All candidates applying for a grant are requested to register as a donor for at least one year (€ 25), so others may also benefit of a grant in the future.