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Cambridge University & Tate Fully-funded PhD Studentship on Ithell Colquhoun

Applications are invited for a doctoral studentship, either full-time or part-time, awarded by the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) by the University of Cambridge for a PhD on Ithell Colquhoun to start in October 2020. The project will be supervised jointly by Dr Alyce Mahon (University of Cambridge) and Sara Matson (Tate St Ives). 

The successful candidate will study at one of the world's leading universities which has well-established expertise in Surrealism, and at a major art museum with an exceptional collection of Surrealist works and archives. The CDP supports collaboration between a Higher Education Institution and a museum, library, archive or heritage organisation is the essential feature of these studentships:

All applicants should meet the AHRC's academic criteria and residency requirements. Please see:

Candidates must: have a first or upper-second class honours degree or equivalent; have completed a masters-level qualification, or be expecting to complete this by the time of starting the PhD; be a resident of the UK or European Economic Area (EEA); 

In addition, the successful candidate is likely to have: a degree in Art History and a Master's degree in a relevant area of study; preferably a broad knowledge of Surrealist art and writing; reading knowledge of French language; Experience of working with material and archival sources; IT skills including databases and Excel spreadsheets. 

Please note that any offer of funding will be conditional on securing a place as a PhD student. All candidates will be required to make a formal application through the University's Graduate Admissions application portal by 12 noon on Monday 18 May 2020: Please note that the 15 May deadline published in the admissions office is for regular PhD applications and that the portal should allow you to make an application for this studentship until 18 May. Please ensure that you upload all documents required. Note that the standard application fee will be waived for this course. Although you will be asked to pay the fee, please email this request after submitting your application through the admissions portal and your payment will be cancelled.

Further information about the project and studentship details can be found in Further Information document.

The deadline for receipt of applications and references is 12noon on Monday 18 May 2020.

Interviews will be virtual and likely to be held mid-June, though this may change according to circumstance.

Informal enquiries relating to the project can be directed to Dr Alyce Mahon at

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years and 9 months in the first instance.

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to

Please quote reference GD22959 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

Further information