AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Award - Fully Funded PhD Studentship: Settings and Subjects in Early Netherlandish Painting

University of York - Department of History of Art, in collaboration with the National Gallery, London

Funding for: UK and EU nationals with 3 years residency in the UK

Funding amount: £14,553 plus £550 additional stipend per annum


The Department of History of Art at the University of York and the National Gallery invite applications for a three-year full-time Collaborative Doctoral Award studentship, fully funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), to investigate the interrelationships between figural subjects and settings in the making and meaning of early Netherlandish paintings. The studentship commences on 1 October 2017 and will be jointly supervised by Dr Jeanne Nuechterlein (University of York) and Dr Susan Foister (National Gallery). The successful applicant will have the opportunity to contribute to an exhibition at York Art Gallery in Autumn 2019, featuring the Dieric Bouts-workshop painting St Luke Drawing the Virgin and Child recently acquired by the Bowes Museum.

For full details of the research project and funding, see www.york.ac.uk/history-of-art/news-and-events/news/2017/ngcdpa2017/

About the Department

The History of Art department at York is one of the world's foremost departments for study and research. In the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) we were placed 3rd among History of Art departments, 1st for Research Impact and joint 1st for Research Environment. Our partnership with the National Gallery, established in 2010, has included two previous collaborative doctoral projects.

Entry Requirements

To be considered for this funding you must:

  • have a good first degree (at least 2.1, or international equivalent) in a relevant field
  • have obtained or are currently working towards a Masters degree at Merit level, or international equivalent
  • be a near-native speaker, or satisfy the English language entry requirements of the University of York
  • meet the AHRC’s terms of eligibility

Apply for this studentship

  • You must complete an online application form for a PhD in History of Art (entry 2017 October, full-time)
  • Upload with your application: a full CV; academic transcripts; a writing sample of up to 5,000 words; proof of English language proficiency (if relevant); and a supporting letter of application, outlining in approximately 1,000 words the particular area or approach to this subject you would like to undertake, and your motivations for applying for a collaborative PhD between York and the National Gallery.
  • Please ask two referees to email signed references (from their institutional email accounts) to histart-pg-admissions@york.ac.uk by Friday 19 May 2017.

You will be expected to attend an interview at the University of York and demonstrate:

    • imaginative and viable preliminary ideas for research into this subject area
    • an appreciation of the nature of PhD study and of both independent and collaborative research
    • clear motivation for undertaking PhD study in York in this subject area in collaboration with the National Gallery
    • evidence that you have, or can develop, the skills required to start the proposed research


Closing date for receipt of applications is midnight (GMT) Friday 19 May 2017.

Interviews are preliminarily scheduled for Thursday 8 June 2017 at the University of York.

Studentships start in October 2017.

Application enquiries

For informal enquiries, please contact the main supervisors Dr Jeanne Nuechterlein (jeanne.nuechterlein@york.ac.uk) or Dr Susan Foister (Susan.Foister@ng-london.org.uk).

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