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PhD scholarships @ Goldsmiths

2014 October 14
by scubitt

unfortunately only open to UK/EU candidates. We have a strong interest in all aspects of ecomedia studies, and colleagues across the consortium in neighbouring disciplines can also be involved in your studies. Last year the competition was intense (success rate below 8%) so be ready to work hard even on the application.


The Department of Media & Communications at Goldsmiths, University of London is inviting applications for September 2015 entry to our PhD programme.

Goldsmiths is part of a block grant AHRC studentship partnership (with Sussex, Kent, East Anglia, Essex, The Courtauld and the Open University) which means that we will be entering successful applicants to our PhD programmes to a competition for these studentships in the spring of 2015.

The funding has been awarded to CHASE (Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England)‚ a partnership of seven institutions formed to promote excellence in research, postgraduate research training and knowledge exchange in the arts and humanities. Applications will be considered jointly by the partner universities via four panels. Applications will be considered on a competitive basis.

For UK students, these awards cover both fees and maintenance and for EU residents awards are on a fees only basis. The funding will cover, professional development opportunities, including the enhancement of media skills and placements overseas or with prestigious arts organisations.

If you want to be considered for one of these awards, please note that you need to have been accepted onto a PhD programme by 14 January 2015. This means that for September 2015 entry you will need to have made a formal application to the programme by the end of December 2014 and have had initial contact with us to discuss your proposal by early December 2014. (The consortium will run for several years: we are open to discuss entry in subsequent years with potential candidates) For any enquiries to the PhD programme of the Department of Media & Communications, Goldsmiths please contact the PhD admissions tutor, Dr Richard MacDonald (; and to see staff expertise please consult

Topic areas covered in the CHASE consortium include

Digital Arts & Photography History, Theory and Practice
Popular Culture
Cultural Studies (Policy, Arts Management and Creative Industries)
Ethnography and Anthropology
Interpreting and Translation
Journalism and Publishing
Media and communication studies
Installation and Sound Art History, Theory and Practice;
Film-Based and Time-Based History, Theory and Practice
Media: New Media/Web-Based Studies
Media: Film History, Theory and Criticism
Media: Television History, Theory and Criticism
Information and Communications Technologies

The criteria for selecting the scholarship awards are:
– quality of the research proposal
-academic achievement / equivalent professional experience (normally first class honours and a distinction at Masters level)
– excellent references (potential supervisors can provide one but not both)
– demonstrated preparedness for research – including whatever evidence can be provided that they will finish in 3 years
– benefit of the research environment to the candidate’s research (written with the proposed supervisor)

The research proposal should contain the following elements:
o key areas/issues of the project, and why you wish to pursue this research;
o the research problems or questions you intend to address;
o the research context in which those problems or questions are located;
o the particular contribution to knowledge and understanding in this area that you hope to make, explaining why the work is important and noting relevance to non-academic beneficiaries, as appropriate;
o the methods and critical approaches that you plan to use, and the sources, if appropriate;
o how the proposed work relates to what you have studied already;
o any ethical issues relating to the research project including how these will be identified and addressed.
o how the project will develop over the period of the award.
o how the doctoral research relates to your eventual career aims.


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