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AHRC CDP Studentship (Fixed Term): A New Visual Narrative of 19th-c. Historicism

The University of Cambridge and Victoria & Albert Museum invite applications for a funded, 3-year PhD in Art History. The PhD is an AHRC-funded Collaborative Doctoral Partnership studentship on the subject of nineteenth-century historicism in the fine and applied arts and architecture. The studentship forms part of the Victoria & Albert Museum Collaborative Doctoral Partnership, funded through the AHRC's Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) scheme:

The award will be held in the Department of History of Art at the University of Cambridge, which is part of the Faculty of Architecture and History of Art. The project will be supervised jointly by Professor Caroline van Eck (Department of the History of Art) and Dr Olivia Horsfall Turner (V&A). The student will be expected to spend time in both Cambridge and London, as well as becoming part of the wider cohort of CDP funded students across the UK. The successful candidate will commence a fully-funded PhD in October 2018, working at one of the world's leading universities and at one of the world's leading museums of art and design, both of which have well-established expertise in nineteenth-century art, architecture and decorative arts.

Candidates must:

  1. Have a first or upper-second class undergraduate honours degree (at least 67% or equivalent)
  2. Have completed a masters-level qualification with 70% overall (or equivalent), or be expecting to complete this by the time of starting the PhD
  3. Be a resident of the UK or European Economic Area (EEA)
  4. In general, full studentships are available to students who are settled in the UK and have been ordinarily resident for a period of at least three years before the start of postgraduate studies. Fees-only awards are generally available to EU nationals resident in the EEA. International applicants are normally not eligible to apply for this studentship

In addition, the successful candidate is likely to have:

  1. A degree in Art History
  2. Reading knowledge of German and French languages
  3. Experience of working with material and archival sources
  4. Excellent IT skills including databases and Excel spreadsheets

Further, detailed information about the studentship and the application process is available via the link below.

Candidates are asked to submit the following by 5.00 pm on Friday 15 June, 2018:

  1. A covering letter and CV
  2. Full transcripts of all previous degree results
  3. A CHRIS/6 form (Parts 1 and 3 only). Please quote reference AHRC/CDP/HoA/2018 in your application
  4. Evidence of competence in English if your first language is not English
  5. A research proposal of 1000-1500
  6. A sample of work such as a journal publication or a chapter from an undergraduate or masters dissertation

Applications marked in the subject box: 'AHRC CDP: PhD Studentship - A New Visual Narrative of Nineteenth-Century Historicism' should be emailed as one document (preferably a word document) to Professor Caroline van Eck at and copied to Dr Olivia Horsfall Turner at and the Faculty Graduate Secretary, Claire Hogg at

Please note that you will also need to ask your referees to email references for the attention of Professor van Eck and Dr Horsfall Turner at the same email addresses by the deadline above.

The successful candidate will be required to make a formal PhD application to the University of Cambridge, following University procedures and will be required to fulfil the Graduate Admission Office minimum requirements before a formal offer is made.

You will be notified by 22 June 2018 if you have an interview. Interviews are likely to be held in the Department of History of Art at Cambridge on 6 July 2018, though this may change according to circumstance.

Informal enquiries relating to the project can be directed to Professor Caroline van Eck at Enquiries relating to the administration of the studentship can be directed to Claire Hogg on or 01223 760122.

Please quote reference GD15706 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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