Clare College Cambridge

The Anthony Close Scholarship


The Anthony Close Spanish Golden Age Research Scholarship

Clare College is pleased to invite applications for the Anthony Close Scholarship, which supports research leading to a PhD in Spanish and Spanish American Early Modern literature and culture. This is open to graduates of any University; the successful candidate will be expected to conduct his or her studies within the Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages at Cambridge University and also to be a postgraduate member of Clare College.

The scholarship provides funding for up to a maximum of three years for a student registered for the PhD degree at the University of Cambridge. This studentship has been funded in honour of Anthony Close, who was a member of Cambridge University's department of Spanish and Portuguese from 1967 to 2004, where he was the expert in Cervantes and a Reader in Old Spanish Theatre. After his retirement, his distinction was recognised by his election to the position of President of the Asociación Internacional Siglo de Oro.

The studentship will cover the full University and College fees at the Home/EU postgraduate rate, as well as Maintenance (currently set at £14,057 per annum). This is the equivalent of standard Research Council funding for Home students; some further funding for travel and research expenses may also be available.

The College welcomes applications from those with Home/EU and Overseas status, but regrets that the amount available from the College for fees cannot exceed the Home/EU rate. The successful candidate (if Home/EU) will be expected to withdraw from all other funding applications on acceptance of the Anthony Close Scholarship.

Applicants for the studentship must name Clare College as their college of first choice on the Board of Graduate Studies Application form for Admission as a Graduate Student, or be prepared to change college if offered the studentship. A conditional offer will be made if the candidate is at that time studying for a Master’s degree; evidence of meeting the academic conditions set for acceptance to a PhD place will have to be provided once results become available. Election will be conditional upon admission by the Board of Graduate Studies.

Applications, addressed to the Graduate Administrator, Clare College, Cambridge CB2 1TL (email:, should include a curriculum vitae, details of applications for other grants, and the intended programme of research, including no more than one A4 page describing the proposed research project. Please arrange for two confidential references, including details of likely degree result if relevant, to be sent directly to the College. The deadline for applications and references is ..............