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Curatorial Studies Scholarship

This deadline for this studentship is past - the information here is for information only.

The School of Arts, Birkbeck is seeking proposals for a doctoral scholarship in the field of curating and curatorial studies. Curatorial studies sits at the intersection of a number of areas that are central to Birkbeck’s research culture, namely:

  • museum studies,
  • art history/exhibition studies,
  • public history and engagement,
  • archival studies,
  • cultural policy,
  • critical studies,
  • socially engaged practice.

Proposals should relate to at least two of these areas of interest and demonstrate an understanding of the particular contribution that a curatorial approach would make to the fields identified. Both practice-led and thesis-based proposals are welcomed.

Birkbeck has been delivering modules in curating for over fifteen years as part of its programmes in Arts Policy, Management, Museum Cultures and Film Curating. With the work of Birkbeck’s Peltz Gallery space, Birkbeck Cinema, the Raphael Samuel History Centre and the Birkbeck Institutes of Humanities, Social research and Moving Image, Birkbeck provides a stimulating environment for interdisciplinary curatorial research. Applicants are encouraged to consider how their proposal would relate to and contribute to the research culture of the College.


The Curatorial Studies Scholarship is open to Home/EU and International students who are applying for a full-time M.Phil/PhD place within the School of Arts, starting in the 2015/16 academic year. Applications from Home/EU students for part-time study will also be considered (at an appropriate pro rata rate and extended duration).

Please note that in order to apply for funding you must also complete an M.Phil/PhD programme application within the School of Arts. Your programme application must be submitted either before (strongly encouraged) or at the same time as applying for funding.

Exceptional School of Arts students currently enrolled in their first year of full-time, or first and second year of part-time study are also eligible to apply.


The Birkbeck Postgraduate Research Scholarship awards will include a full fee waiver capped at the value of the full-time Home/EU rate for M.Phil/PhD degrees (currently £3,996), in addition to an annual stipend set at Research Council rates (currently £15,863; pro rata in the case of a part-time award)

Duration of Awards

Scholarships will be tenable for up to three years (subject to satisfactory academic progress) for full-time students, and at an appropriate pro rata rate and extended duration for part-time students.

How to Apply

Please consult the general guidance on applying for an M.Phil/PhD place. You can find the School of Arts Guide for Applicants here. Departmental online pages are full of information about staff and the research environment at Birkbeck that will help you develop your application. All prospective students are strongly advised to first make informal contact with a potential supervisor, and you are also welcome to contact the director of postgraduate studies (listed in the guide) in your chosen programme/department for advice.

Once you have applied for an M.Phil/PhD place, please download the Curatorial Studies Funding Application Form. The completed form should be returned to by 2nd March 2015.

Funding application deadline has now passed.