Veronika Gervers: Research Fellowship in Textiles & Fashion History

Veronika Gervers Research Fellowship, supported by a memorial fund established in 1979 to commemorate ROM curator and textile scholar, Veronika Gervers,  exists to promote research incorporating the textile and fashion collections of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).  Applications are encouraged in all areas of textile and costume history.  The Fellowship is open to Ph.D. candidates and international scholars whose research can make direct use of, or support, any part of the Museum’s collections.  An annual fellowship of up to CD $9,000 is available.

Available to Ph.D. candidates, junior and senior scholars, worldwide, whose research can make direct use of, or support, any part of the ROM Textiles and Fashion collections.
Application Procedure
It is advisable to confirm the relevance of ROM collections to your research in advance by writing to the Chair of the Veronika Gervers Research Fellowship Committee. We can provide overviews of our collection or complete catalogue records for specific areas.  We can also provide information on places to stay, costs, etc. 
Chair, Veronika Gervers Research Fellowship Committee
Textiles & Fashion 
World Cultures
Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queen's Park
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 2C6, Canada
Tel.  (416) 586-8054 or (416) 586-5691
Final applications:
All applications must be received by mail or emailed as a PDF to no later than March 31.
Completed application must include the following:
  • Cover page with name; address; project title; project summary (maximum of 100 words); budget total; proposed; starting date; and signature;
  • Detailed description of research including; objectives; background; research description; methodology; role of ROM's collection; and previous work supporting research (6 pages maximum)
  • Significance of research (1 page maximum)
  • Dissemination of research
  • Detailed budget (see attached information re: Rights & Reproductions)
  • Proposed dates for research
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Letters of support from at least two people familiar with the work of the applicant
A committee of scholars from the museum and university communities select the successful application(s) and notify all applicants on or before May 31. The committee reserves the right to withhold the fellowship if none of the projects are deemed suitable.
Requirements of Successful Applicants:
The successful applicant must spend all or most of the time in Toronto working with ROM collections.
Fellows are expected to;
  • Must give the annual Veronika Gervers Memorial lecture
  • Must provide a written copy of his/her findings concerning individual artifacts in our collection so that these may be incorporated into our computerized catalogue records, with appropriate credit and recognition.
  • May give a seminar based on his/her work to date
  • May publish items researched in ROM collections, perhaps as an article in the ROM’s magazine
  • Foreign applicants are responsible for obtaining any necessary visas, permits, etc.
N.B. Any surplus of the fellowship at the end of the grant period reverts back to the Veronika Gervers Research Fund.
Rights and Reproductions:
You should include in your budget the rights and reproductions administrative fee. This will the provide the candidate with copies of the images taken. These files can be used for personal use as well as public lectures. Future publication (either print or web based) use of ROM images is processed through our Rights and Reproductions coordinator, on a per use basis. Each publication needs to be registered with our rights and reproductions coordinator fees associated with this use are based on cost recovery (not for profit).
Rights and reproductions administrative fee = $35.00 - $75.00/ request, fee is determined by size and complexity of request.
Digital file retrieval = $6.00


Recent Publications

2014 Dr. Philip A. Sykas, "Promiscuous Prints: British garment prints in Canada, 1780-1880"
2013 Chloe Sayer, "Living Threads: Cloth, Dress and Identity through Mexican History "
2012 Rachel Siberstein , "The Dramatic Cast of Nineteenth-Century Chinese Women’s Vernacular Embroidery"
2011 Kate Strasdin , "A Royal Wardrobe Unlocked: Queen Alexandra 1863 – 1910"
2010 Chloë Sayer , "Rebozos and Sarapes, and the history of Mexican costume and textiles in the ROM’s collection"
2009 Jenny Tiramani , "A Spectacular Survivor from the time of Henry VIII: The Study of a Mid-Sixteenth Century Brigandine", (2010_rom_brigandine.pdf)
2008 Dr. Miriam Ali-de-Unzaga , "Connections between Fatimid and Andalusi Inscribed Textiles"