Montague Burton PhD Bursary in Jewish Studies (University of Leeds)

Montague Burton PhD Bursary in Jewish Studies (University of Leeds)

PhD Fee Bursary for UK/EU applicants

Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Leeds

Supervisors: Dr Eva Frojmovic / other staff associated with the Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Leeds

The bursary is intended for a doctoral project that focusses on one of the following areas:

  • Jewish visualities and/or materialities (between the medieval and the contemporary period, and including fine art, book art, architecture, photography and the moving image),
  • Jewish studies resources held in Leeds and/or Yorkshire,
  • the study of Jewish museums and collections (nationally or internationally).

The aim of this bursary is particularly to encourage engagement with Judaica held in Special Collections at Leeds University Library, first and foremost the renowned Cecil Roth Collection, which includes illuminated Hebrew manuscripts from the medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods. For more information, see and The Joseph Porton collection of Judaic books is a rare testimony of the collecting patterns and scholarship of the English rabbinate of the late 19th and early 20th century:

A rich archive of works by Jewish artists, and objects and documents relating mainly to the history of Jews in Leeds and Yorkshre can be found at Leeds Museums and Galleries. The West Yorkshire archive service also keeps a collection of documents relating to Jewish history in the region.

Applicants can also propose a practice-led research project, provided it ties in with the above research areas. Respective protocols for the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures can be found at:

We furthermore invite practitioners based in Jewish museums to contact us with research proposals that would benefit from a collaboration with the Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Leeds.

The bursary is especially suited to candidates with an interest/background in Jewish studies and visual cultures.

Where you’ll be based

The PhD studentship will be based at the University of Leeds in the Centre for Jewish Studies. The Leeds CJS fosters an active research programme in several aspects of Jewish culture, foremost relating to Jewish visualities, musicalities, performativities; memory culture; the Holocaust in cultural memory.

Funding and Support

The bursary will pay for Home/EU fees over 3 years full-time or 5 years part-time. NB: The bursary will not cover accommodation and living costs.

The project start date will be 1 October 2018, and the successful applicant will be able to undertake study on a full- or part-time basis.

How to Apply

To make an application, please submit the following documents to

  • 800-1,000-word research proposal, which gives an indication of where the envisaged project is situated in existing research and how it will advance knowledge in the area of enquiry,
  • Curriculum vitae (no more than 2 sides of A4)
  • Sample of writing (3,000 words max.)
  • Names and contact details of two academic referees.
  • MA certificate and transcript of marks (or transcript of marks to date if currently studying for an MA)
  • IELTS certificate (if English is not your first language)

For further details, or to informally discuss the bursary, contact lead supervisor Dr Eva Frojmovic at


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