PhD Opportunities and Scholarships: Aberystwyth University, Dept of Theatre, Film and Television Studies

AHRC South, West & Wales Doctoral Training Partnership Scholarships 2015
& PhD study in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Aberystwyth University Deadline for Expression of interest: Monday 10th November 2014

Aberystwyth University is a partner in the South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (SWW DTP), along with seven other universities – Bath, Bath Spa, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Reading and Southampton, extended by a network of prestigious international, national and regional organisations representing the arts, heritage, media and government sectors (including the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth, which houses the National Screen and Sound Archive of Wales).  In 2014, the Partnership was awarded £14.2 million funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) to deliver postgraduate supervision, training and skills development, with up to 50 doctoral studentships being awarded each year (across Aberystwyth and the other Partnership institutions) over a five-year period.

The SWW AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership will be awarding up to 50 doctoral studentships for the best postgraduate research projects across the full range of Arts & Humanities disciplines.

Prospective applicants to the Consortium will benefit from input from exclusive prominent partners who include the Arnolfini, BBC, Bristol City Council, CyMAL & Cadw, English Heritage, National Library of Wales, National Museum of Wales, National Trust, Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Wales, Watershed, Welsh National Opera, Butetown History and Arts Centre, Getty Research Institute, Bath Heritage Services, REACT, Twofour and a number of overseas academic partners. These partners bring academic and professional expertise in a range of disciplines.

Information about the environment for doctoral study in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies (TFTS) at Aberystwyth University:
The Department’s established reputation for conducting leading-edge, international quality research makes TFTS an ideal place to pursue doctoral study. We offer supervision and research training in both English and Welsh, with a focus on topics such as:

Aesthetics, politics and social engagement in theatre; site-specific performance; contemporary British and European drama and theatre; performance and gender; performance philosophy; documentary and verbatim theatre; performance and media historiography and archiving; national and transnational theatre and cinema; Welsh and minority-language theatre, film, television and online media; alternative, avant-garde and experimental theatre and film;

Russian cinema and theatre; landscape in film and performance; practice as research in relation to film, television, media, performance and theatre; film, press and broadcasting regulation; television drama, genres and aesthetics; media fan, reception and audience studies; documentary film and television; horror, fantasy and cult film and television; film stardom and performance; British cinema; music and sound in film; children and the media.

Facilities include: Dedicated research student study suite with computers, desks, printer and wireless access; four fully equipped studio theatres; three rehearsal rooms; digital, high-definition television studio; thirty-six digital video-editing, recording and viewing rooms; computerised lighting systems; and digital sound studio with digital effects processing and multi-track recording facilities.
As well as the National Library of Wales, the department also has a strong working relationship with Aberystwyth Arts Centre, which is located on the main University campus.

See our staff pages for further details as well as our current PhD student projects page.

How to Apply:
Prospective applicants who are interested in applying – and eligible for funding – will need to submit a 300-word Statement of Interest by Monday 10 November 2014. Following that, these applicants will be invited to an Information Day for the DTP in Cardiff at the National Museum of Wales on 24th November 2014. The aim of the Information Day is for you to learn more about the research opportunities and supervisory expertise offered in the Consortium (including at Aberystwyth University).  For further information, please visit the SWW DTP site

Applications for both funding and PhD place may be submitted via the SWW DTP site from 26th November 2014 until the final deadline of 12th January 2015. Applicants will be required to submit an application form with a research proposal and personal statement.

The awards will be made on the basis of academic merit, with no fixed quota assigned to any one institution or subject area within the DTP.

If you have further queries about the research specialisms in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at Aberystwyth University, please contact Dr Kate Egan, Departmental Postgraduate Research Coordinator, kte@aber.ac.uk

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