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Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership Collaborative Doctoral Award: Ritual and identity: British Collections of bronze figurines from third millennium BP/first millennium BC pre-Roman Italy

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Wednesday, January 08, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Applications are invited for an Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP-funded Collaborative Doctoral Award at The Open University, in partnership with the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge to start 2020/1. The title of the project is ‘Ritual and identity: British Collections of bronze figurines from third millennium BP/first millennium BC pre-Roman Italy.’

Italic bronze figurines - simple anthropomorphic and sometimes zoomorphic bronze figurines a few centimetres high, found in great numbers in upland central Italy - are some of the most frequent objects in European Museum collections. The aim of this project is to give new life to these enigmatic objects removed from their context, by providing comparative examples across Europe, fresh interpretations, added technical information on their manufacture and the insightful context of their use from excavated sanctuaries.

The Open University is internationally recognized for innovative research across the Arts and Humanities. We host a number of major AHRC- and ESRC-funded research projects. We have a strong commitment to cross-disciplinary work, to national and international public engagement, and to creative partnerships with a range of non-university partners.

The Fitzwilliam Museum is the lead partner of the spectacular collections of the University of Cambridge Museums (UCM) and Botanic Garden. From antiquity to the present day, the Fitzwilliam houses a world-renowned collection of over half a million works of art, masterpiece paintings and historical artefacts. The Fitzwilliam Museum will bring considerable experience to the research and supervision of this doctoral studentship.

How to apply

• Anyone interested in applying should follow the link to the consortium website:
• For general enquiries about this studentship please contact Dr Eleanor Betts: .
• For general enquiries related to the Open-Oxford-Cambridge DTP, please contact Professor Paul Lawrence, Deputy Director, Open-Oxford-Cambridge DTP ()
• Completed application forms, together with a Research Proposal and a covering letter indicating your suitability and reasons for applying must be sent to
• Application forms are available from

Closing date: noon 8 January 2020
Equal opportunity is University Policy.

Funding Notes

Awards for UK residents cover all tuition fees and provide a maintenance grant at the standard RCUK rate (£15,009 p.a. in 2019/20). Awards for EU citizens who are ordinarily resident in the UK, if eligible, are fees-only.

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