Student scholarships and bursaries

"With the pressures on students as fees increase, and on institutions as budgets shrink, philanthropic support is more important than ever."

Prof Bill Sherman, Director


The Warburg Institute is committed to attracting students from across the world, to study and learn at all levels, regardless of background or circumstance. Student scholarships and bursaries make it possible for students, who might not be able to otherwise, to attend the Institute. We strive to be a haven for people and collections who are displaced, offering a refuge as well as a cultural memory bank in line with the original mission of the Institute.

Thanks to a number of generous donations we are able to offer scholarships and bursaries to students studying at the Warburg Institute, which not only provide financial support, but as last year’s Peltz Scholar who is studying on the MA in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture course noted, "it places confidence in the student to continue with their education. Without the generosity of foundations or donors, some educational opportunities for many, as they were for me, are very difficult to obtain"






Current students to have received scholarships

American Friends Scholarships

Nathan Deschamps | MA Cultural, Intellectual and Visual History

Nathan Deschamps is a recent graduate from the University of British Columbia (UBC), in Vancouver, Canada. While completing the Honours History program at UBC, he studied at Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Bauhaus Universität, and Kassel Universität. His dissertation, Marketing the Musenhof: Weimar Classicism and Kleinstaaterei Germany, 1772–1832 used primary sources from the Goethe-Schiller Archive in Weimar to explore strategies of political, aesthetic, and economic legitimisation employed by Weimar’s literati during the Goethezeit. Through the Warburg Institute’s Cultural, Intellectual and Visual History program, Nathan seeks to develop an interdisciplinary, comparative approach to historical scholarship as he pursues his doctorate.

Zahra Syed | MA Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture

Zahra holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in Architectural Design and Visual Studies with a minor in Art History. Having cultivated an interdisciplinary approach to research, she looks forward to specializing in the Italian Renaissance through the MA in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture at the Warburg Institute. She aims to pursue a career in art curation and continue her research through a PhD.


Peltz Scholarships

Florence Forte | MA Cultural, Intellectual and Visual History

Florence is a teacher of Classics with over five years’ experience in the UK and Italy. She completed her BA (Hons) at Nottingham followed by a PGCE at King’s College London. In 2015, she moved to Florence where the Renaissance captured her imagination and she has been drawing links between ancient and modern culture ever since. In her spare time, Florence runs “Classics Abroad” events, promoting the study of classical reception in Italian art, history and literature with students from all backgrounds. 

Gniewomir Jedrzej Hawrasz | MA Cultural, Intellectual and Visual History

Gniewomir Hawrasz is a history passionate with a strong desire for becoming a professional scholar one day. His current research focuses on the reception of Platonism in Renaissance Italy with particular attention for works of Florentine humanists. Gniewomir graduated from the Ancient History and History course at Swansea University with the First Class honours overall award on his diploma. His dissertation focused on Marsilio Ficino’s representation and views on friendship, based on the first volume of Ficino’s Letters, De Amore (Ficinos’ commentary on Plato’s Symposium) and Theologia Platonica. He investigated potential traces of Socrates/Plato, Neoplatonists (Plotinus, Plethon, Iamblichus, Porphyry) and other intellectual influences (e.g. Stoics, Pythagoreans, Aristotelian scholasticism, Stilo nouvo love poetry) on Marsilio’s views on eros and philia.

Gniewomir’s professional interests lay in the study of the history of ideas and emotions, their development and correlation between cognitive perception of sentiments and languages. Over the past three years of his undergraduate studies, one of Gniewomir’s main focus was developing his linguistic proficiency in English, Ancient Greek and Latin. Learning ancient languages through the medium of his second language (English) allowed him not only to reason better in different languages, accordingly to peculiar intellectual substratum conveyed by a structure of each language yet, also to widen horizons of his own understanding of himself.

Inspired by the ideas of the Greek paideia, Roman classical rhetorical education, and Jesuit eloquentia perfecta, Gniewomir’s aim is not only to become a scholar but a modern humanist. The Warburg Institute is an embodiment of intellectual and moral properties Gniewomir is striving for. Thus an opportunity to study in the university is one of a kind. Thanks to the Peltz Scholarship Gniewomir has a chance to focus on his very aim and contribute to restoring what has been lost over centuries. 

Harriet Cheema-Grubb | MA Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture

Harriet holds a first class honours degree from the University of Durham; she is fluent in German and Italian and has pursued courses of study at the prestigious University of Rome, ‘La Sapienza’, and institutions in Salzburg, Florence, and Munich. Her research is concerned with the determinants of man’s historical, collective and individual gaze, and the pivotal role played by art in the formation and propagation of collective identities. In the course of her undergraduate studies, she examined Austro-Italian cultural exchange during the Renaissance and Baroque, the subordination of reality to the pursuit of myth legitimised by proponents of the Italian Social Republic, reflections of theocracy in the art of Reformation Europe, and the relationship between the sacred and the secular, temporal and spiritual, in medieval and early modern expressions of power.

Through her research, she has recognised that the academic exploration of art history is enhanced by an understanding of critical curatorship and the vital role played by curators - both historical and contemporary - in directing the viewer’s gaze. She is therefore excited by the opportunity to engage with collections and study under experts at the Warburg and the National Gallery, further exploring the link between written word and painted work. Recognising the profound effect that artists, patrons and curators can have as storytellers, she hopes through her own research at MA and PhD level to encourage others to engage with the extraordinary power of art which transcends the boundary of centuries.

Jagoda Pawlak | MA Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture 

Jagoda Pawlak is a graduate of History of Art at UCL and a prospective student of MA in Art History, Curatorship and Renaissance Culture at Warburg Institute. Her interests include early modern print culture and its role in constructing modern global geographies. During her MA at Warburg, Jagoda hopes to deepen her understanding of the Italian Renaissance culture. She intends to explore these themes further in doctoral research in the future.


JB Trapp Scholarship

Guillermo Ezequiel Willis | PhD 

Guillermo earned a Bachelor of Arts in History of Art and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Buenos Aires (2015). He pursued postgraduate studies at the Warburg Institute, where he achieved a Master of Arts in Cultural and Intellectual History of the Renaissance (2018). His MA dissertation, ‘The Heart-Machine: Giovanni Alfonso Borelli on the Movement of the Heart’, leaded to a further exploration of the impact on the field of anatomy of the French philosopher Pierre Gassendi’s revival of Epicurus’s thought in the 17th century, which is the subject examined by his current PhD research project.

In past years, Guillermo had also been researching and cataloguing 16th and 17th-centuries prints and drawings in the collection of the National Museum of Fine Arts (Argentina), and held the Michael Bromberg Fellowship at the Department of Prints and Drawings of the British Museum (2019). In addition to his academic interests, Guillermo earned a Bachelor of Music in Bandoneon from the Conservatorio Superior de Música ‘Manuel de Falla’ (2015), and is keenly interested in playing Tango music.  


Saxl-Gombrich Scholarship

Elisa Stafferini | PhD 

Thesis title: Women in Arms: Female Warriors in Italian art 1500-1700

Elisa's PhD project focuses on the ethical and political allusions of armed women in 16th- and 17th-century Italian painting. The early modern period saw a substantial increase in the number of images of women bearing weapons and/or wearing armour, but they have yet to receive sustained scholarly attention. With a combined study of visual, archival and literary material, her research aims to unravel the ideological importance of this widespread literary and iconographic figure.

On a broader level Elisa's investigations focus on 1. the interconnections between textual sources and visual representations 2. the allegorical meaning of the imagery 3. the role of patronage in relation to the political situation of the time.

Before starting her PhD, Elisa completed her BA and MA in Art History at Università La Sapienza, both awarded with summa cum laude. Elisa's studies in Rome laid the foundation for her continued graduate work. Her MA thesis focused on the visual corpus of Tasso’s Gerusalemme Liberata and connected moral and allegorical meanings of the poem with 17th century society and politics. This research was assembled into an article, being published by the Journal Studi Tassiani.

In 2018 she was awarded the scholarship “Perfezionamento all’estero” (Università La Sapienza) involving two-terms of postgraduate research abroad, which she undertook, after being offered a place as a Recognised Student, at Oxford University. There, in the Department of Art History she analysed the interrelations between visual art, literature and the theoretical debate on women’s virtues, focusing on the understudied Discorso della virtù femminile e donnesca by Torquato Tasso, an important contribution to the late 16th-century querelle des femmes. These investigations are incorporated into her current PhD research.

In 2019, through the Project “Torno Subito 2019” Elisa was given the opportunity to undertake two internships of digitalization of iconographic materials. The first one was carried out between September 2019 and March 2020 at the Photographic Collection of the Warburg Institute. The second will take place at the Fototeca of the Bibliotheca Hertziana.

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