Fundación Focus



The Focus Foundation launches a new edition of the Prize for the Best Doctoral Thesis on a Sevillian Theme


  • The application period to submit a thesis ends on October 15th 2018.
  • The prize carries a cash award of €3,000.

Seville, July 17, 2018- The Fundación Fondo de Cultura de Sevilla (Focus) has launched a new edition of the Prize for the Best Doctoral Thesis on an artistic, historical, literary, scientific or technical theme related to Seville. This is a prize that the Foundation has awarded since 1983. In addition to receiving €3,000, the winner of the prize will also have their work included in the Foundation’s Library.

One of the aims of the Focus Foundation is commitment to promoting Culture in its diverse expressions, with prime attention given to the conservation, promotion and development of Seville’s historical heritage and its Ibero-American projection. In fulfilment of this purpose, the Foundation launches a public merit-based competition for the granting of the Prize for the Best Doctoral Thesis on an artistic, historical, literary, scientific or technical theme related to Seville, read during the 2017-2018 academic year.

The period for submitting an entry ends on October 15th 2018 and all entries should be sent to the Focus Foundation Headquarters (Hospital de los Venerables, Plaza de los Venerables, 8, 41004, Seville) or applicating via a register form that can be found in the Focus Foundation web site ( The jury is appointed by the Board of Trustees of the Focus Foundation and the winner of the prize will be decided in December 2018.

Click on this link to find the terms and conditions of this prize.

Fundación Fondo de Cultura de Sevilla (Focus)

The Fundación Fondo de Cultura de Sevilla (Focus) was created in 1982 as a result of the cultural work begun in 1972 by Abengoa with the publication of the works Temas Sevillanos (Themes of Seville) and Iconografía de Sevilla (Iconography of Seville). A collection of documents, books and engravings on the Kingdom of Seville and by Sevillian authors was created during the same period.

This cultural activity inspired and promoted by Abengoa, is based on the support and a series of activities which is of great benefit to society. The Focus Foundation was born from this conviction at the start of the 80s.

1991 became a key year in the organization’s recent history as its location was moved to the Hospital de los Venerables Sacerdotes, a 17th century monument, owned by the Archbishopric of Seville in addition to inaugurating the exceptional baroque organ. From this point onward, the institution has organized 34 plastic arts exhibitions- visited by over one million people, and has offered a musical program for the organ of international reference.

Since 2007 and following the acquisition of Velázquez’s Santa Rufina by the Foundation, the Hospital de los Venerables has housed the Diego Velázquez Research Centre, a leading institution for studying and disseminating the Baroque era and the Sevillian period of this universally renowned artist. Attention to this crucial moment of the Golden Age is completed with the legacy of Professor Alfonso E. Pérez Sánchez, received by the Foundation in 2011. Consisting of his library, photo library, archive and collection of artworks, its cataloging is enabling to create a library specializing in Baroque art and culture. This entire heritage is widely spread by Focus Educa, our area of education, by means of which we raise awareness and bring culture closer to society.

To mark the 25th anniversary of the Focus Foundation at the Hospital de los Venerables, and coinciding with the 400th anniversary of the birth of Bartolomé E. Murillo, the Hospital de Los Venerables hosted the Velázquez. Murillo. Sevilla Exhibition (2016-2017). This was a first rate cultural phenomenon that received more than 120,000 visitors, making it the most visited exhibition in the history of the Foundation. A series of organ recitals which were held in the Church of Los Venerables made up the musical framework entitled, Tribute to Murillo: Homage to a universal painter.

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