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Venice Art Biennale 2017: Steward-Research Fellowships

29 October – 26 November 2017

The School of Arts at Birkbeck is delighted to announce an exciting opportunity to all current students. We are inviting applications for TWO Steward-Research Scholarships at the Venice Art Biennale 2017, running from 29 October until 26 November. These are part funded by the British Council, and by the School of Arts. The successful candidates will be responsible for making their own travel, accommodation and insurance arrangements, but will be given a grant of £1600 for the month towards these and other expenses.

The successful candidates will work four days per week as an invigilator in the British Pavilion. Their remaining time will be used for study and research around the biennale theme, Viva Arte Viva. Students may wish to use this opportunity to contribute to an existing project or a dissertation – but there is no obligation to do so.

For full information about the fellowships, please see the Application Guidelines: here.


Applications are invited from all current students in the School of Arts, from Certificate level through to PhD, and from across the Departments of English and Humanities, History of Art, Cultures and Languages, and Film, Media and Cultural Studies.

However, applicants must be able to state that they would NOT have to miss any taught components of their programme of study by taking up a Fellowship from late October through to late November 2017. This does means that the majority of students on undergraduate and taught postgraduate degrees will be ineligible. We envisage this opportunity being most suitable for MPhil/PhD students as a result. However, we do anticipate continuing this relationship with the British Council in future years, and hope to make future tours available in the vacation periods, and summer term.

Applicants should be confident, have high levels of initiative, and be ready to work long invigilation hours (10.00 – 18.00 daily), four days a week. (The Biennale (Giardini and Arsenale) is closed on Mondays.)

Applications should demonstrate an interest in art, architecture and culture, and a particular interest in gaining experience of exhibition work and public programming/ project work. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate interest in and some knowledge of the biennale theme of Viva Arte Viva and the exhibiting artists.

Some knowledge of Italian is desirable but not essential.


Candidates should send a one-page CV and completed application form, available here, to Celia Hatton,, no later than 5pm on 31 May 2017.

The names and details of four shortlisted candidates will then be forwarded to the British Council. The British Council will interview these candidates in early June 2017, and select two to be awarded the available fellowships. Successful candidates will be notified by the end of June 2017.

If you have any queries about the fellowships, then please contact Laura Broderick, the Venice Fellowships Programme Manager at the British Council:

If you have any queries about the School of Arts application procedure, then please contact Kate Retford, Head of History of Art: