Monday, April 29, 2013

PhD Scholarship

HuMPA Postgraduate Research Studentships 2013/14.

The Centre for Research in Humanities, Music and Performing Arts at the University of Plymouth (HuMPA) wishes to award up to three MPhil/PhD studentships to be held from the beginning of academic year 2013-14. The awards will pay Home/EU fees and a stipend for 3 years.

Founded in 2009 in recognition of the international excellence of the University's research within the School of Humanities and Performing Arts, HuMPA supports the research of over 40 academics across the fields of History, Contemporary Music and/or Music Technology, Art History, English & Creative Writing and Theatre, Dance & Performance (the studentships can be held in (or across) any of these discipline areas).  Our research within these fields is organised into 4 cross-disciplinary themes that broadly describe the nature of our work. These are: Histories, Texts, Cultures; Transatlantic Exchanges, the Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research, and Lived Experience and Performance. We are always interested in receiving interdisciplinary proposals relating in some way to our themes, but projects not reflecting our themes will receive serious and equal consideration.

Please visit for further details of our research expertise in each discipline area of HuMPA (including an academic contact) and for full details of how to apply. We invite applications from all suitably qualified candidates who will benefit from the expertise HuMPA has to offer. Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to apply for a fellowship award to spend one term working with colleagues at Central Michigan University during their programme of study.

Guidance Notes
Please apply by completing the application form that can be downloaded from

making sure that you mark it HuMPA Scholarship and return your application as detailed below. In your proposal please ensure that you provide us with all the information we will need to consider your application and following the guidance below.  We require :

•       A full proposal/abstract for your PhD project including research methodology, aims/questions and potential outcomes.  This should be included as a separate attachment.

•       A personal statement on the application form where you may particularly wish to address:
o       Why Plymouth?
o       How does your research project complement one or more HuMPA key themes?
o       Your experience, skills, and knowledge relevant to the proposed project
o       How does a PhD fit into your longer term goals?

•       If your proposal is practice-based please include evidence of your practice.

Funding Notes:
The studentship will cover the equivalent of Home/EU fees and pay an annual stipend of £13,726 per annum for three years. Students considered Overseas for tuition fees would need to cover the difference between Home/EU and Overseas fees.

Essential: You will hold, or be in the process of completing by September, a relevant Master's level qualification.
Applications from students already enrolled on an MPhil/PhD programme at Plymouth University will not be considered.

N.B. the eligibility for this fulltime studentship falls under AHRC eligibility regulations (


Please visit

for an application form and application details. Please return applications direct to Sue Matheron by email: or post to: Faculty of Arts, Research and Graduate Affairs, Room 109, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth, PL4 8AA.


Closing date: 12 noon, Friday 17 May 2013