Funding Opportunity: The Murray Research Studentship in European Art or Architecture of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, Birkbeck, University of London, Deadline: 12th June 2023

Outstanding candidates for part-time postgraduate research in the field of European Art or Architecture of the Middle Ages and Renaissance are invited to apply for The Murray Research Studentship. This PhD studentship, based in the School of Historical Studies at Birkbeck and supported by the Murray Bequest, covers part-time home fees and offers a bursary of £5,000 per annum for a period of five years. Please note: this studentship is not available for full-time/overseas students.


Peter Murray was Professor of History of Art at Birkbeck from 1967 to 1980. On his death in 1992, his widow, Linda Murray, established a Bequest which supports a range of activities in History of Art.


Qualification type: MPhil/PhD

Length: up to seven years part time

Location: London

Funding for: Home current students and applicants 

Murray fee waiver: Home part-time fee waiver and bursary of £5,000 for five years. Please note current students award will be reduced by number of years already studied.

Hours: part-time only


The School of Historical Studies has a number of members of staff who work in the field covered by the studentship, and are potential supervisors for the successful applicant: 

Dr Robert Maniura

Dr Dorigen Caldwell

Dr Zoë Opačić


Applications are welcomed from:

• Part-time Home applicants to the History of Art MPhil/PhD programme 

• Part-time History of Art students currently in the first or second year of study



Programme application

• All applications are made via the Birkbeck application portal to the MPhil/PhD History of Art programme.

• The application will prompt you to confirm details of any scholarships or grants (for your proposed study at Birkbeck). Please ensure you respond with: MURRAY 2023. If this section is not clearly marked, your application may not be picked up for assessment.

Supporting documents

• A research proposal of up to 2,000 words. 

• Transcripts of relevant studies and, where appropriate, a letter from your course coordinator predicting the expected degree result (for those who still have to complete their current Master’s-level programme).

• A sample of writing such as your MA dissertation, or similar.


• Referees will be automatically prompted to upload their references when you submit your application.

• We strongly encourage you to contact referees as early as possible to ensure they are prepared to upload their reference by the referee deadline (see below).


Please email the Postgraduate Research administrator, Laurie McRae Andrew ( with the following documents:

• An updated copy of your research proposal

• A 500 word summary of work undertaken to date

• The name of your supervisor (who will be contacted to provide a supporting statement instead of references)


• Closing date for applications: Monday 12 June 2023, 5pm

• Deadline for references/supporting statement: Monday 19 June 2023, 5pm

• Interview date: Monday 26 June 2023

Only complete and timely applications received, with both references/supporting statement, can be considered. 


• For informal queries, please contact Dr Robert Maniura



Published by Ellie Wilson

Ellie Wilson holds a First Class Honours in the History of Art from the University of Bristol, with a particular focus on Medieval Florence. In 2020 she achieved a Distinction in her MA at The Courtauld Institute of Art, where she specialised in the art and architecture of Medieval England under the supervision of Dr Tom Nickson. Her dissertation focussed on an alabaster altarpiece, and its relationship with the cult of St Thomas Becket in France and the Chartreuse de Vauvert. Her current research focusses on the artistic patronage of London’s Livery Companies immediately pre and post-Reformation. Ellie will begin a PhD at the University of York in Autumn 2021 with a WRoCAH studentship, under the supervision of Professor Tim Ayers and Dr Jeanne Nuechterlein.

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