Prizes in art history

AHRC funding

PhD student in library

Apply for a PhD studentship for your doctoral study funded by the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

We offer a variety of postgraduate prizes and bursaries for academic performance, to support you during your studies and to encourage research and travel abroad related to art history.

Sir Andrew Carnwath prize

The Sir Andrew Carnwath prize of £500 is awarded annually to a current PhD student for the best proposal for travel and research related to their thesis.

An application of 1,000 words maximum should outline the proposed research including a summary of travel plans and anticipated costs, as well as the name of a referee with whom you have discussed your proposal.

Applications should be sent to our Graduate Administrator, Wendy Williams, and will be considered by a departmental committee. The committee may decide to divide the prize money to make more than one award. The award is normally tenable during the Easter or summer vacations, and the winner is required to submit a brief report on their travel and research to our Head of School.

Application deadline: 22 May 2017

Thomas Puttfarken research prize

The Thomas Puttfarken research prize was established in memory of Professor Thomas Puttfarken (1943-2006), an international specialist in renaissance and barqoue art, and former lecturer in our School of Philosophy and Art History. The prize is generously supported by Professor Puttfarken’s friends and former colleagues.

The prize is for MPhil and PhD students requiring funds to support essential research visits to libraries, museums, archives and artists’ studios related to their theses, or to present conference papers or attend important conferences. The funds may also be available to support publication costs, or assist with costs associated with the completion of your thesis.

Awards are decided by departmental committee and are typically around £300, although requests for larger amounts will be considered. Applications of 1,000 words maximum including a summary of your proposed project and anticipated costs should be sent to our Graduate Administrator, Wendy Williams.

Application deadline: 22 May 2017

Tim Laughton travel fund

The Tim Laughton travel fund was established in memory of Dr Tim Laughton, a lecturer in our School of Philosophy and Art History specialising in mesoamerican art and architecture, who died in February 2009. Generous donations, especially from Dr Laughton’s family and the artist Michael Aakhus, enable us to offer a bursary of approximately £500 annually. The fund is awarded to the undergraduate or postgraduate art history student who submits the best proposal for travel to Latin America, for research related to their BA, MA or PhD dissertation.

The prize is decided by a departmental committee The award is normally tenable during the summer vacation and the winner is required to submit a brief report on their travel and research to our Head of School.

An application of 1,000 words maximum should outline the proposed research including a summary of travel plans and anticipated costs, as well as the name of a referee with whom you have discussed your proposal. Applications should be submitted to our Deputy School Administrator at spahinfo@essex.ac.uk.

Application deadline: 22 May 2017

Banksy’s Dismaland

Banksy dismaland

Read about our Centre for Curatorial Studies Co-Director Dr Gavin Grindon curating the Museum of Cruel Designs as part of artist Banksy’s Dismaland exhibition project at Weston-super-Mare.

Curatorial Studies

Centre for Curatorial Studies

Our Centre for Curatorial Studies is a research and teaching unit based in our School that focuses on contemporary curatorial theory and practice and contemporary museology.

MA courses

MA courses

Our MA courses offer in-depth study across a range of specialisms in art history from the renaissance to the present, including curating and Latin American art, and are an excellent preparation for PhD study and careers in the art world.

PhD study

Postgraduate research study

By undertaking PhD study at Essex, you will become a member of an exciting and active research community, and benefit from the expert supervision of our internationally recognised staff.