PhD Studentships in Italian Renaissance Studies


PhD Studentships in Italian Renaissance Studies


Applications are invited for three fully-funded PhD studentships for the period 1 October 2013 to 30 September 2016, in the field of Italian Renaissance Studies. The studentships are funded by an ERC Synergy grant, ‘Domestic Devotions: The Place of Piety in the Renaissance Italian Home, 1400-1600’, and the successful applicants will work as part of a team, under the supervision of Principal Investigators, Abigail Brundin (Modern and Medieval Languages), Deborah Howard (History of Art and Architecture) and Mary Laven (History). The team will also be supported by an international advisory board. For an outline of the project’s intellectual rationale, please refer to the abstract in the attached link .

The project is interdisciplinary, and we would be delighted to consider applications from candidates with a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in any relevant subject, who are keen to specialize in the history and culture of Renaissance Italy, and who have the requisite language skills. Candidates must be able to demonstrate the ability to read Italian Renaissance sources and academic prose with comparative ease, and be prepared to work hard, where necessary, to improve their command of the Italian language. Candidates for whom English is not their first language must also be able to show that they are able to write and speak English fluently, since the team will conduct its academic business in English, and PhD students will be required to write their dissertations in English. Depending on their academic background and choice of topic, each of the successful applicants will be assigned to one of the following Faculties: Modern and Medieval Languages, Architecture and History of Art, or History. Interdisciplinary topics will be welcome.

To find out more about the project, check eligibility, or seek advice on applying to Cambridge, please direct your inquiries to Dr Abigail Brundin (, Professor Deborah Howard (, or Dr Mary Laven (

Applications should be made on the University graduate application form (GRADSAF), available at:

However completed applications should not be submitted on the on line system but be emailed or posted to the Louise Balshaw, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA, tel: (01223) 335010, email: the closing date of 4 March 2013. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Fuller details of the application requirements can be found at

Applicants must also meet the graduate admissions entrance requirements of the University of Cambridge, as the successful candidate will be expected to formally apply for admission.

* Limit of tenure:3 years

Quote Reference: GJ25202,Closing Date: 4 March 2013

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