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Doctoral Research with CVAC

CVAC welcomes enquries to study doctoral research in Visual Art and Culture. We are no longer recruiting to the Durham Leverhulme Doctoral Training Programme in Visual Culture, but are delighted to build upon the legacy of the successful programme. If you wish to apply for a PhD at Durham, there are some sources of funding available which are detailled below, including the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact potential supervisors in the first instance or contact for expressions of interest. 

£10m of additional funding for PhD studentships (2018-2022)

As part of a major investment in postgraduate education and internationalization, Durham University has expanded the funding for its flagship Durham Doctoral Scholarships programme, which is open to applicants from anywhere in the world. We particularly welcome applications from students who wish to work in interdisciplinary fields of strategic importance to the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, including Visual Culture. 

How to apply

Applicants resident in the UK and EU should apply via the Northern Bridge AHRC consortium; all Durham applicants to Northern Bridge will automatically be entered into the DDS competition as well.

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About CVAC

The natural sciences have long been interested in the nature of vision, while the humanities and social sciences have developed their own sophisticated visual theories and methods of visual analysis. Characterised as it is by visual saturation, the contemporary world demands an integrated approach to understanding visual culture. We interpret visual culture studies as a development that brings together the study of vision and perception, the analysis of the social significance of images and ways of seeing, and the interpretation of a range of visual objects from artworks to scientific images. To study visual culture is to develop ‘critical visual literacy’, the importance of which cannot be exaggerated. 

CVAC unites some one hundred members of academic and curatorial staff who are engaged in research on a variety of visual forms, objects and practices. The Centre builds on considerable and long-standing Durham strengths in the field of visual culture, in which members of the University have shaped debates, pioneered new visual research methods, and engaged extensively with visual practitioners. Other key parts of the University researching in visual studies include Advanced Research Computing (ARC) and the Centre for Vision and Visual Cognition (CVVC). CVAC co-ordinates their participation and that of other relevant University bodies - including the Institute of Advanced Study (IAS), the Biophysical Sciences Institute (BSI) and the Institue for Medical Humanities (IMH) - in order to draw on Durham’s full breadth of expertise in visual culture research.