PhD Funding Available

Fully funded PhD studentships in the School of the Arts, English and Drama

Loughborough University

Start date of studentship: 1st October 2018

Closing date for applications: 28th February 2018

Interview date: w/c 12 March 2018

Loughborough University is a top-ten rated university in England for research intensity (REF2014). 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 of 43%).

In choosing Loughborough for your research, you will work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College and Careers Network 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. We welcome the submission of high-quality proposals that have the potential to make a substantive contribution to research within the School and invite proposals that address one of the following research themes:

  • Art Markets and Museum Collections: Curating Futures
  • Authorship, Reception and Publication in the Digital Literary Sphere
  • Digital Arts and/or Humanities
  • Drawing the Anthropocene
  • Early-modern literature and culture (1550-1760)
  • Feminist thought and art practice (with a focus on one of the following: curation, canon-formation, and historiography; critical race theory, national and trans-national identities; visual activism)
  • Gendered Lives: experience, representation, and/or theorisation, including queer, feminist, and/or trans lives
  • Literary Cultures: 1880-1930
  • Multimodality: social semiotics as complex textual practice
  • Practise-based theatre translation/adaptation
  • Re-imagining citizenship through practice
  • Romantic or Modernist Textual Versions
  • Supernatural Fiction, 1890-the Present
  • Textile Design: Archives and Collections as a source of critical reflection on design processes and production contexts.
  • Victorian Encounters with Non-Colonial Islam

You will be required to submit a detailed research proposal (approximately 2,000 words) when applying. 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 these themes and what is required in your proposal can be found at

Applicants should also look at the information provided about research areas on the School website

Entry requirements:

Applicants should normally have at least a 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent), a Master’s degree and/or relevant work experience.


28th February 2018.

Funding information:

Studentships will be paid for a period of up to three years, starting in October 2018 and will provide a tax-free annual stipend of £14,553 (17/18 RCUK rate) and tuition fees at the UK/EU rate. A condition of the studentships is that students live within a 15-mile radius of Loughborough University. International (non-EU) students may apply however the total value of the studentship will be used towards the cost of the International tuition fee in the first instance.

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: SAED18

Apply here.

If you would like to discuss your project and application, please get in touch through the email on the contact page.