GSA is pleased to invite applications from outstanding candidates for PhD studentships to conduct original research within the school. We have four studentship schemes currently open for Home/EU and international candidates, including the AHRC technē partnership and our Vice Chancellor’s studentships.
Deadline: 3rd December 2018
The PhD programmes in GSA support new researchers to make timely and meaningful interventions within academic, political, and professional contexts. Our supervisors are all internationally known researchers recognised for the quality and significance of their research, which includes taking on leading roles within national and international research organisations. In studying for a PhD in GSA, you will be working with supervisors and other PhD researchers who regularly publish and present challenging work – an ethos that we encourage our prospective PhD candidates to share with us.
PhD proposals that lead to a written 80,000-word thesis or practice research portfolio with complementary writing (c. 40,000 words) are welcome. Research at GSA is multifaceted and, while we welcome applications on any topic, we have particular research specialisms in:
- Animals and performance;
- Choreography and kinesthetic empathy;
- Disability arts;
- Global Shakespeare;
- Immersive and interactive theatres;
- Performance philosophy;
- Resilience, place and performance;
- Transnationalism and dance;
- Trauma and crisis in performance;
- Scenography, costume and architecture;
- Urban living and performance.
The school also has longstanding training specialisms in musical theatre, actor training, and stage management. We encourage applicants from these subject areas to consider projects than span our research and training specialisms: e.g. cosplay and actor training; decadence and musical theatre; nonhuman objects and stage management.
You can find details about current PhD projects in the school on our GSA Postgraduate Research page.
Three steps to applying for a studentship
Identify and speak to a prospective supervisor: Our principal supervisors and their research specialisms are listed on our GSA Postgraduate Research page. You are also welcome to contact Dr Rachel Hann as our Director of Postgraduate Research, who can connect you with an appropriate supervisor.
Application Round 1: Apply for a place on the Theatre PhD or Dance PhD programme by the stated deadlines (see below).
Application Round 2: The strongest applicants will be invited to complete a studentship application form.
All of our studentships are extremely popular and very competitive. The process after application deadlines differs for each studentship scheme. Most candidates will have confirmation by May.
Our studentships (click on the titles to learn more)
Are you a Home or EU candidate?
Doctoral College Studentships. Home/EU fee waiver, £15,000 stipend per year. This is a university wide scheme and is highly competitive. We recommend that all candidates invited to apply for this studentship also apply for technē studentships. Round 1 Deadline: 3rd December 2018
AHRC technē studentships. Home/EU fee waiver, c. £14,777 stipend per year. Now in it’s 6th year, technē is a consortium of 9 universities and funds exceptional PhD researchers. EU candidates who do not have 2-years residency in the UK are eligible to apply for a Fees Only award. All technē applications are automatically considered for FASS studentships. Round 1 Deadline: 11th December 2018
Are you international (not EU) candidate?
Vice Chancellor’s Studentships. International fee waiver, £15,000 stipend per year. This is a university wide scheme and is highly competitive. We recommend that all candidates invited to apply for this studentship also apply for FASS studentships. Round 1 Deadline: 3rd December 2018
FASS studentships. Home/EU fee and international fee waiver, c. £14,777 stipend per year. This is a faculty wide scheme and is highly competitive. Round 1 Deadline: 11th December 2018
If you have any questions about the studentship in GSA, please contact Dr Rachel Hann as our Director of Postgraduate Research to find out more.