The School of the Arts, English and Drama at Loughborough University is pleased to announce a fully funded PhD studentship. The studentship will be paid for a period of up to three years, starting in April 2016, and will cover tuition fees at the UK/EU rate, and provide a tax-free stipend of £14,057*.

The School offers an exciting interdisciplinary research environment and we welcome the submission of high-quality proposals that have the potential to make a substantive contribution to research within the School, of particular interest are proposals that address one of the following research themes:

  • Collaborative / Participatory Art Practice via Digital Media and Network Technologies, with a practice-based or theoretical orientation that engage larger (global) communities via the Web into the creation of collaborative art, film and music creation
  • Public Realm Initiatives, Urban Regeneration, and Public Art
  • Critical Citizenship, Activism and Art, with a historical, theoretical or practice-based orientation focusing on the concept of the ‘citizen artist’
  • Phenomenological Experience through Drawing, with a practice-based emphasis on drawing as a means to explore our lived experience of the world
  • Service Design: Tourism Service Innovation for Empowerment of Craft Community through Social Harmony
  • Understanding the Function of Urban Graphic Objects, adopting a mono or multidiscipline perspective (e.g. graphic design, urban visual culture, archival studies, or critical heritage studies)
  • Renaissance and Early Modern Literature and Culture (1550-1760), with a specific focus on integrating the Digital Humanities into the analysis of literary histories
  • Authorship, Material Text and/or Writers’ and Publishers’ Archives, encompassing such topics as the study of a composition or editorial process, the relationship between writers and their publishers, the role and value of a publisher (whether looked at historically or in the present), and texts and paratexts
  • Gendered Lives, their representation and theorisation

For further information about the School and its research, please see http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/aed/staff-research/

Deadline for applications: 5th February 2016.

Initial queries should be addressed to Emma Nadin (E.L.Nadin@lboro.ac.uk) (School Postgraduate Research Administrator) who will be happy to answer queries concerning your application and the suitability of the research topic proposed.

As part of your application you will be required to submit a detailed research proposal. This should give the title of your proposed research and a 300-700 word description of your topic. Further details about preparing a proposal can be found at: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/departments/aed/pg-research/mphil-phd-research/

To make an application please use the online application form, and quote reference SAED15 in the funding section of the form.

*The value of the tax free stipend in years two and three will increase in line with Research Council recommended values.