Appel à candidature : Bourses de recherche du musée du Prado / une bourse junior et une bourse senior (Madrid, septembre 2016)

Musée du Prado, Madrid
The Fundación Gondra Barandiarán and the Museo Nacional del Prado have signed an agreement allowing the two institutions to jointly sponsor a program consisting of two remunerated scholarships for researchers involved with any aspect of art history related to the Museo del Prado’s collections.

This agreement stipulates the awarding of two scholarships: a senior scholarship for researchers over the age of 40, and a junior scholarship for those beneath that age. These scholarships will be funded by the Fundación Gondra Barandiarán and will have a maximum duration of three months each. The two scholarships will be carried out at the Museo del Prado’s Centro de Estudios (Research Center) in the Casón del Buen Retiro, beginning in September 2016.
The scholarships will be awarded following a competition based on the principles of objectivity, transparency, equality, non-discrimination and public access.

The senior scholarship is endowed with 9,000€ (nine thousand Euros), consisting of 3,000€ (three thousand Euros) per month for a maximum of three months. The junior scholarship is endowed with 6,000€ (six thousand Euros), consisting of 2,000€ (two thousand Euros) per month for a maximum of three months.

Applicants for the senior scholarship must be a least forty years old, with a doctorate in Art History or a related area of the Humanities and an established academic-professional career. Applicants for the junior scholarship must be less than forty years old, be doctoral candidates at the time of this application or have defended their dissertation in the last ten years. Applicants for both categories must be up to date on their tax and Social Security payments and not legally or otherwise barred from receiving subsidies (see section VII of the application form).

Beneficiary obligations
Selected candidates must communicate their acceptance of the scholarship by e-mail within seven days of the announcement of results. They accept the commitment to participate in academic life at the Centro de Estudios by attending the Escuela del Prado’s courses and seminars whenever their research work allows them to. The senior scholarship holder must also be willing to guide and advise the recipient of the junior scholarship and other scholarship holders at the Centro de Estudios. The senior scholarship holder will also present his or her research project in a public conference at the Museo’s auditorium. That presentation can be made in the candidate’s native language. The Junior scholarship holder will be able to take part in the work of the department with which his or her research subject is related, whenever that work is complementary to said research.
Upon completion of the scholarships, their holders will have a maximum of one month to turn in a Report indicating whether they have met the initial projections and reached their planned goals. Furthermore, the Fundación Gondra Barandiarán and the Museo del Prado must appear whenever the reception of these scholarships is mentioned in their Curricula Vitae or professional careers.

Application procedures and required documentation
Applications will be carried out via the inscription form available on the Museo del Prado’s webpage:

They must be sent via e-mail to with the heading: “Convocatorias de Becas Fundación Gondra Barandiarán – Museo del Prado”, and the indication “senior” or “junior”. The deadline for presenting applications is May 7, 2016.
Applications may be written in French, English or Italian, or preferably in Spanish. The following original, authenticated or certified documents must be included:

– Valid identity card or passport of the applicant
– Academic transcript issued by the university, indicating courses and grade point average (only for junior scholarship applicants)
– Doctoral diploma in Art History or a related field in the Humanities
– Curriculum vitae, including the applicant’s contact information, address, telephone and e-mail address
– Written project (maximum, 1,000 words) describing proposed research, goals to be met during the scholarship period and how the Museum and Centro de Estudios’s resources will be used to meet those goals.
– Tentative timetable for the work to be carried out, including possible travel, although travel grants or aids are not included in the scholarship funding.
– Letter of recommendation from a museum professional (excluding employees of the Museo Nacional del Prado) and another from an academic (a university professor, a member of a research institute, etc.)
– Documents certifying that tax and Social Security payments are up to date, or a written promise to furnish such documents if the applicant is awarded the scholarship.
Applicants whose fiscal residence is not in Spanish territory need only provide an original certification of fiscal residence issued by the competent authorities in their country of residence, or a written promise to furnish such documents if they are awarded the scholarship (see section VII of the application form).
– Affidavit by the applicant indicating that he or she is not in any way barred or prohibited from receiving the scholarship (see section VII of the application form).
– Documentation that supports the merits alleged in the application. Merits not duly documented will not be considered.

Criteria for selection and evaluation
1. Academic training, professional experience, publications and previous scholarships and prizes (50%)
2. Project presented, describing the subject of the research to be carried out with an indication of objectives and how the Museum and Centro de Estudios’s resources will be used (50%).
The final decision will indicate both the candidates that have been selected and the express rejection of other applications.

Further information, the text of the complete notice and the application form:


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