Funded PhD Studentships

In the School of the Arts, English and Drama, Loughborough University

The following advert is now live on and is open to applicants interested in gender in literature, theory, art, drama, creative writing or publishing. Please get in touch with us through the website if you would like advice on developing your application and we can put you in touch with a relevant member of staff. 

Start date: October 2017

Interview date: Week beginning 27 March 2017

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014) and an outstanding 66% of the work of Loughborough’s academic staff who were eligible to be submitted to the REF was judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’, compared to a national average figure of 43%.

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Graduate School, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.

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Project Detail:

The School of the Arts, English and Drama 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. We invite proposals that address one of the following research themes:

  • Literature and Culture of the fin de siècle (1890-1914)
  • Digital Archives and Cultural Heritage: digital art books; e-Book publishing and publishing history; or digital storytelling
  • Renaissance and Early Modern Literature and Culture (1550-1760); with an emphasis on digital humanities methods and resources in analyses of literary histories
  • Drawing||Phenomenology: Tracing the lived experience through drawing
  • Art Activism and Political Violence
  • Analysing Contexts for Contemporary Art
  • Storytelling as Professional Practice: the evolving job of the professional storyteller
  • Performance/Philosophy: explorations of the relationships between any areas of these two disciplines
  • Understanding Urban Visual Culture through Design Culture
  • Museum Culture and the Art Market: Private Collecting and Public Responsibility in the Contemporary Artworld
  • Gendered Lives: experience, representation, and/or theorisation, including queer, feminist, and/or trans lives
  • Art and Witness: Documentation or Encounter as Photographic, Visual or Literary Form. (Theory or Practice-based proposals welcome)
  • INTERSECTIONS: Craft + Technology research for practice-based textile design
  • Animation and Public Engagement (including animation archival practice; animation in the gallery; animation, health and well-being; animation and culture)
  • Service Design Innovation for Meaningful Experience(s)

As part of your application you will be required to submit a detailed research proposal (approximately 2,000 words). For practice-based applications please submit a portfolio of work in addition to the proposal. Please indicate which theme(s) your proposal aligns with.

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Further details of each theme and what is required of the proposal can be found at We also advise applicants to look at the information provided about research areas on the School website

Entry requirements:

Applicants should have at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent). A relevant Master’s degree and/or relevant work experience is essential.

Funding information:

The studentships will be paid for a period of up to three years, starting in October 2017, and will cover tuition fees at the UK/EU rate, and provide a tax-free annual stipend of £14,296 (16/17 RCUK rate). The value of the stipend in years two and three will increase in line with RCUK recommended values. A condition of the studentships is that students live within a 15 mile radius of Loughborough University. International students may apply, but please note that the fees for international students will be deducted from the annual stipend.

Contact details:

Name: Emma Nadin (School Postgraduate Research Administrator)

Email address:

Telephone number: +44 (0)1509 228901

How to apply:

All applications should be made online at Under programme name select either ‘Art; Drama; English;’ or ‘English and Drama (publishing and communication)’ depending on your proposed area of study.

Please quote reference number: SAED17