Due to the large number of queries received in the past few days, Territorio Mudéjar has decided to extend the deadline for submission of proposals to Monday, July 15, at 2:00 pm mainland Spanish time.

Territorio Mudéjar has issued a call for proposals for five fieldwork grants for the study and management of heritage and natural resources in its towns. Each of the five Gonzalo M. Borrás Gualis grants for projects and fieldwork will be allocated EUR 6,000 and the grant beneficiaries must develop responsible, sustainable and innovative projects that have a direct impact on rural settings, foster their visibility and raise awareness about them.

Through this call, we aim to identify proposals from researchers and professionals in the field of cultural and natural heritage management that will foster development projects in the towns. Through this initiative, the entity made up of 30 municipalities in the province of Zaragoza seeks to provide support for individuals who drive rural development from a different perspective, in addition to attracting talent to rural areas.

The grants bear the name of professor Gonzalo M. Borrás Gualis, in memory of and as a tribute to this firm advocate of heritage and this region, which he saw as a field of work with a bright future. The chair of the art history department, who died in February, always believed and conveyed to others the idea that it was possible to combine highly relevant scientific research with a commitment to the land and its people, and that natural, cultural and heritage resources play a key role in communities’ futures.

Application deadline and requirements

Proposals may be submitted up to Monday, July 15, at 2:00 pm, and new and intermediate researchers, as well as professionals in the heritage management field with experience in innovative regional projects or papers that address the responsible and sustainable use of local resources, are eligible to participate. It is essential for the candidates to propose and justify living for a certain amount of time in one or more of the towns in Territorio Mudéjar. The proposed projects may be in their initial stages, in progress, in test phase, or in execution, and must provide proof that they have a direct impact on at least three member municipalities, as well an influence on the region as a whole.

A sum of EUR 6,000 will be allocated to each of the five grants. Candidates may apply as individuals or as a research team and they must meet the following requirements: they may be starting or partway through their research period or professional career, they must provide proof of higher education credentials related to the subject matters addressed in the call for proposals and at least two years of research or professional activity, whether paid or not; professional experience may be substituted by Master’s degree level work in fields linked to cultural heritage.

The aim of these grants is to promote awareness about the rural setting through its Mudejar identity by creating innovative perspectives that have a positive impact on the towns and foster networking about the possibilities arising from the region’s resources and from collaborative, cross-disciplinary work. In addition, they specifically aim to enhance knowledge about the Mudejar as World Heritage and about the benefits it affords as an international brand recognized by the UNESCO.

Conditions for submitting proposals

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