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Durham University

Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Zurbarán Doctoral Scholarship for the Study of Spanish Art

The Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art is pleased to invite applications for a fully funded doctoral scholarship in Spanish art-historical studies, commencing at Durham University in the academic year 2018/19. This scholarship has been created thanks to the generous support of CEEH (Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica) in Madrid, and will be preferably devoted to art-historical projects on Spanish art of the Golden Age and/or its legacy in Britain and/or Europe up to the 19th century. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate with the curators of Spanish art at The Auckland Project in Bishop Auckland, which houses one of the most remarkable collections of Spanish art in the UK.


The scholarship is tenable for three years full-time or five years part-time, and offer the following financial support package: (1) an annual maintenance allowance at Research Council rates; (2) fees at overseas rates; (3) departments may be able to offer paid teaching and/or further research assistance opportunities.

Who We Are Looking For

We are looking for candidates with the following:

  • a first-class or very good 2:1 undergraduate degree
  • an MA (completed or in progress) in a relevant subject area at distinction or near-distinction level
  • an outstanding academic record and research potential
  • a high-quality research project that can be completed within 3 years
  • a clear and credible link between the proposed research and the expertise of the supervisory team
  • a clear understanding of how the project fits with the research environments in the Zurbarán Centre

How to apply

Applicants must demonstrate that Spanish art, architecture or visual culture forms the focus of their proposed research topic, and are advised to contact the administration of the Zurbarán Centre ( to discuss research proposals before the application deadline of 10 February. Applicants should have at least a reading knowledge in Spanish, Catalan or Italian. Applicants should apply to Durham University programme following the standard process of the Durham Doctoral Studentships (see