PALAMUSTO | European doctoral positions

The European Training Network PALAMUSTO – Research and Training for the Palace Museum of Tomorrow, a network of leading European universities, heritage institutions and palace-museums, investigates the court residence or palace as a phenomenon of cultural exchange, not only in the past but also today and in the future. A new history of the palace is indeed needed in order to define its relevance for present-day Europe.
PALAMUSTO ETN is offering ten funded doctoral positions to graduates in architecture, architectural history, art history, history or heritage studies, starting on 1 January 2020, and is looking for early career researchers willing to combine academic and professional training in a European context.


  • 8 European institutions involved in 5 countries
  • Academic training at the university, professional training in the palace
  • Training takes place in all countries involved
  • Each researcher is assigned an academic tutor and a professional mentor
  • 3-year contracts (not fellowships)


Themes of the doctoral positions:
  • ESR01 – Rijksdienst voor het Cultureel Erfgoed – Theme: Fixings, fittings and furniture
  • ESR02 – Uniwersytet Warszawski – Theme: Collectibles: the palace gallery as a place for collecting from the Renaissance to the Grand Tour
  • ESR03  – Universidade Nova de Lisboa – Theme: Courtly spaces in a globalized world
  • ESR04  – KU Leuven – Theme: Upstairs/downstairs
  • ESR05 – Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten Baden- Württemberg – Theme: Making, serving and eating food in the palace
  • ESR06 – Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua – Theme: Water and the early modern palace
  • ESR07 – Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München – Theme: Reception suites and throne rooms
  • ESR08 – Universiteit Utrecht – Theme: The court chapel across religious boundaries
  • ESR09 – Uniwersytet Warszawski – Theme: Negotiating status and gender boundaries in residences
  • ESR10 – KU Leuven – Theme: ‘Cherchez le lit’. State bedrooms and domestic sleeping rooms

Find more details here.


More information on Palamusto’s website.