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Centre for Visual Arts and Culture

Durham Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships: Interdisciplinary Training Programme in Visual Culture

The Durham Leverhulme Doctoral Scholarships in Visual Culture build upon Durham’s international excellence and strategic investment in the study of vision and perception, the analysis of the social significance of images and ways of seeing, and the attentive interpretation of a range of visual objects. They provide a new form of interdisciplinary doctoral training in visual culture, answering an urgent need for a new generation of scholars properly equipped to undertake nuanced and informed work in the study of visual culture.
Scholarships are open to applicants from any discipline with an outstanding track record and a strong interest in visual culture, visual phenomena, the nature of vision, visual theories and methods, the significance of images and objects, whether social, political, scientific, economic, psychological, artistic, historical, technological or in the media.

Key Features of the Programme

  • Collaborative, interdisciplinary training for all participants, and a multi-disciplinary supervisory team for each one
  • Access to exceptional collections, facilities, supervision, and partner organisations
  • A funded, three-month placement with one of our non-HEI partners
  • A vibrant, supportive and challenging intellectual environment coordinated by a new and dynamic research centre
  • A unique package of professional development and skills training for all students, including an accredited PGCert
  • Funded international study
  • An annual summer school, showcasing students’ work, and featuring international speakers and student-led workshops