AHRC WRoCAH Funded Doctoral Studentship Award

We are very pleased to announce a fully-funded PhD Studentship – a collaboration between the University of Leeds and Wellcome Collection, London. ‘Transculturations & Transactions: from ‘curios’ to ‘specimens’, Colonialism, Empire and the role of the art market in the development of the collections of Henry S. Wellcome, 1880-1940’.

The project seeks to investigate the role of the art market in the development of the collections of US-born pharmaceutical businessman Henry S. Wellcome (1853-1936) who built up a vast international historical collection of objects. Focusing on the nature, role and influence of the art market on the conceptualisation of objects and resultant taxonomies and classifications in the period 1880-1940, the project aims to explore the extent to which the discourse of Empire and Colonialism was shaped and reinforced through these processes of transculturation as objects were circulated and exchanged in the rapidly expanding market for ‘ethnographic curiosities’ in the period.

Studentships for doctoral research are 40 months in duration for full-time study. Awards are subject to satisfactory academic progress. Awards must be taken up in October 2021; no deferrals are possible. Awards will comprise fees at Research Council rates and a maintenance grant (£15,609 in 2021/22). The grant pays the fees at the Home/UK rate; international students are, however, eligible to apply for this Studentship and the difference between the Home/UK and International fee will be met by the University of Leeds for a successful international applicant. Awards may be taken up on a part-time basis if a student is eligible to undertake part-time study; international applicants may be required to study full-time by the terms of their visa.

Details of how to apply for the studentship are available on the White Rose Consortium (WRoCAH) website – Click Here