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Spanish Gallery Collection Research Fellowships

The Zurbarán Centre for Spanish and Latin American Art at Durham University is seeking to recruit two research fellows to undertake research into the collection of the Spanish Gallery in Bishop Auckland, starting on 1 October 2022 and ending 30 June 2023.

The two fellowships are affiliated with the Zurbarán Centre and Durham University’s Residential Research Library Scheme. The appointed fellows will be part of Durham University’s research community and have privileged access to the Spanish Gallery. Generously funded by the Centro de Estudios Europa Hispánica (CEEH), each fellowship includes a monthly stipend of £2,100. An allowance for research-related travel will be available on request.

Research themes and outputs:

We invite candidates to propose research projects relating to either the portraits or the sculptural works in the Spanish Gallery collection.

The appointed fellows will be expected to produce museum-standard catalogue entries and a substantial piece of academic research by the end of the fellowship period, suitable for publication by the CEEH.

The fellows will be resident at Durham for the first part of the fellowship and must be willing to travel to undertake archival research in the UK and/or in Spain. The fellows will take part in work-in-progress sessions and have the opportunity to present their research as part of the Zurbarán Centre’s lecture programme.


Applicants will hold a PhD or MPhil in History of Art or a related discipline and have specialist knowledge of early modern Spanish art and culture. Applications from experienced academic researchers and/or museum curators are particularly welcome.

How to apply

Please submit a cover letter, a short CV (including a list of publications and the names of two referees), and a research proposal relating to one of the two themes (not exceeding two pages) to .  

The call for applications for the fellowship project relating to sculpture is now closed. The submission deadline for the fellowship project relating to portraiture has been extended to 8 July 2022.

For further details about the fellowships, please contact


Image Credit: 

Detail from Juan van der Hamen y León’s Portrait of a Young Boy Holding a Lance, ca. 1627, The Spanish Gallery