Friday, 12 October 2012

PhD Funding and Scholarship Opportunities

Project Summary:

These three PhD studentships explore the production and audience engagement, of the art/science projects produced by three organisations, who develop this work from within very different sectors; a large scale scientific project (UNESCO site Dyfi Biosphere, Wales), a geovisualisation organisation (Environment Systems, Wales), and a leading cultural producer (The Arts Catalyst, London). These studentships will conduct ethnographic and practice-based research at these organisations and, drawing on the knowledge and expertise of partners, combine an exploration of the processes of art/science collaboration with a study of the diverse ways these art/science projects engage with multiple audiences, whether these be rural communities, scientists and science communication professionals, artists and gallery-goers, or the ‘general’ public. Collectively, these studentships animate and extend existing debates around art/science projects, and explore of these projects in relation to science communication and contemporary curatorial practices, pointing towards ‘lessons learnt’ and future trajectories.

 The studentships will:
1.      Explore the imaginaries, practices and spatialities that animate art/science projects.

2.      Ask how the organisations that produce these projects meet the challenges they pose.

3.      Assess how art/science projects engage diverse audiences.

4.      Realize new methodologies for the study of art/science projects and their audience engagement

The deadline for applications is 22nd October 2012. The successful applicants will start in January 2013. Interviews will likely be held 8th/ 9th November.

Applications for each of the three studentship awards should be made separately following the application procedures of the relevant university, which are detailed on the links:
Aberystwyth University (with the Dyfi Biosphere):
University of Glasgow (with Environment Systems):
Royal Holloway University London (with The Arts Catalyst):
Candidates may apply for more than one of the studentships, but may only hold one of the awards.

The awards are funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, and the studentship pays post-graduate fees and an annual maintenance grant.

Please note that the usual AHRC eligibility rules apply to these studentships. UK residency is normally required. EU citizens may also be eligible for fees-only awards. Further details on basic eligibility requirements are available from the AHRC web-site see:

Further enquiries should be made to the lead supervisors of the individual studentships:

Michael Woods:

Deborah Dixon:

Harriet Hawkins:


International Anthony Burgess Foundation PhD bursary

Applications are invited for a PhD bursary, to support research into the literature or music of Anthony Burgess and his contemporaries. The bursary will support a scholar beginning his or her studies in the academic year 2013-14. The bursary is tenable anywhere in the world and offers up to £15000 per annum for a maximum of three years.

Areas of research might include the literature or music of Anthony Burgess and his contemporaries, or a critical investigation into one of the areas in which Burgess published (e.g. dystopia, historical fiction, Shakespeare, Marlowe, Joyce, literary journalism, literary biography, or translation).

Applicants should submit a detailed proposal and two academic references (in English). To be eligible, applicants should already have been offered a place on an accredited university PhD programme.

For further information please write to

The closing date for applications is 1 May 2013.

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