Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures

School of Performance and Cultural Industries



Applications are invited from highly qualified individuals wishing to undertake doctoral research within the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds.

The strong research culture and identity of the School of Performance and Cultural Industries builds on two related factors: its breadth of address to all levels of performance itself (from the processes of the performer to dramatic writing, audience research and arts management); and the role that performance plays in the wider cultural and creative life of society (including expertise in cultural policy and the cultural and creative industries).

The School of Performance and Cultural Industries is located in the heart of the University of Leeds campus, with its major teaching and research facilities based in two buildings, one of which also houses the University’s publically licensed theatre. The School offers a unique combination of inter-related disciplines within a research-intensive university environment. Our high quality, research-led teaching engages students and postgraduate scholars at the cutting edge of knowledge as it is developed. Our graduates are creative entrepreneurs, leaders, and catalysts in their chosen fields, and our research has demonstrable 4* (world-leading) impact on the professional worlds of performance, arts management and cultural policy-making, and in the cultural and creative industries more broadly.

Research in the School engages with the fields of Performance and Cultural Industries and is undertaken within individual projects, collaborations within and beyond the School, and in research groups that focus on specific areas of School specialism. These groups provide specialist hubs for early career researchers, mid-career academics and senior research leaders, and postgraduate researchers are encouraged to locate themselves within one of the School’s following research groups:

For 2017, we are particularly encouraging proposals that focus on the following topics:
• Audience development and engagement
• Burlesque, cabaret, striptease and performance art
• Creative city policy and practice
• Critical cultural policy approaches to the Northern Powerhouse
• Cultural politics of urban creativity
• Cultural organisations’ approach to environmental sustainability
• Dramatic writing, writing for theatre, dramaturgy and adaptation
• Environmental and site-specific performance
• Feminism and the spectacle of the female body
• Immersive performance and the audience experience
• Opera (dramaturgy, ethnography and historiography)
• Performer training, particularly in the areas of critical historiography, cognitive science and digital/online environments
• Theories and histories of theatre directing

We have a lively and expanding postgraduate research community and have been particularly successful in recent years in securing postgraduate scholarships from funding bodies, including the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities Scholarship and the Collaborative Doctoral Award scheme run by the AHRC.

Interested candidates for all of our scholarships are strongly recommended to contact the School’s Postgraduate Research Tutor, Dr Ben Walmsley, before making an application at b.walmsley@leeds.ac.uk

White Rose Scholarships
The White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities (WRoCAH) is a Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. It is responsible for the distribution of AHRC-funded doctoral studentships for these universities and for the coordination of a doctoral training programme. WRoCAH is able to offer over 50 AHRC studentships per year to candidates with a place for doctoral study at the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield or York.

The School of Performance and Cultural Industries is eligible to support up to three applications for entry in October 2018, and all applicants must have applied for and been accepted onto a PhD programme in PCI.

The studentship application form and details of how to apply are only available from the WRoCAH website at http://wrocah.ac.uk/new-student/ahrc-competition/


Please note that AHRC studentships are only available to students from the UK or European Union. Applications cannot be accepted from students liable to pay fees at the Overseas/International rate. Normally UK students will be eligible for a full award which pays fees and a maintenance grant if they meet the residency criteria and EU students will be eligible for a fees-only award, unless they have been resident in the UK for 3 years immediately prior to taking up the award.

Deadline: 5pm on Wednesday 24 January 2018

Leeds Doctoral Scholarship Information
The University of Leeds is accepting applications for our Doctoral Scholarships for . There are a number of fully funded places for 2017 entry, available across all disciplines, open to UK and international applicants.

The award will cover academic fees at the University of Leeds standard UK rate and a maintenance grant (£14,553 in Session 2017/18) for full-time study, part-time will be pro-rata.  There are no additional allowances for travel or research costs.

To be eligible you must:

Applicants MUST first submit a research degree study application form and be in receipt of a Student ID Number to be eligible for a University Research Scholarship.  Applications without a valid Student ID Number will be rejected.  To apply for a place on a research degree programme, please visit: http://www.leeds.ac.uk/info/130206/applying/91/applying_for_research_degrees

On-line applicants automatically receive their Student ID Number by email; paper applicants should request their Student ID Number from rp_applications@leeds.ac.uk.  Applicants who already have a student ID Number must ensure they apply for a research degree study place as soon as possible.

Deadline 1 June 2017 (17:00 UK time)

University Research Scholarship

University Research Scholarships are available for students from the United Kingdom and other EU countries who are commencing PhD study from October 2017. Each scholarship will cover the cost of academic fees at the University’s standard UK/EU rate and provide an annual maintenance grant (£14,296 in Session 2016/17). Applicants must hold at least a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree or equivalent undergraduate degree.

Please click on Further Information for details.

Deadline 1 June 2017 (17:00 UK time)

School Scholarship Information
There are two School Scholarships available. One of the School scholarships available is for full time study and will cover full UK fees and maintenance. The other will cover UK fees only and may be studied part-time.

To apply for a School Scholarship, please send a personal statement to Linda Watson (pciphd@leeds.ac.uk). In this statement please ensure that you address:

1. how your previous experience, qualifications and interests would equip you to undertake the proposed research;
2. how you would formulate the project within the scope of the specialist supervision available in the School and its relevant areas of research expertise.

The deadline for receipt of applications for PCI School Scholarships is 1 June 2017. You should arrange for two academic references to be sent to us by this date.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be held in May/June 2016

Selection criteria
Candidates for all scholarships will be shortlisted and selected according to a range of relevant skills, qualities, experience and academic achievements. The most important criteria are as follows:

• your potential to achieve academic excellence and provide an original contribution to your research field in your doctoral study;
• your ability to complete your proposed research project within three years.

We will assess this potential through your application form, accompanying statement, CV and interview.

Please note that to apply for any of these scholarships, you need to have been offered and accepted a place as a PhD scholar in the School. Applications, including a 3000-word research proposal, should be made using the standard School application for a postgraduate research degree – for guidance on constructing a proposal and how to apply please see: http://www.pci.leeds.ac.uk/pg/research-degrees/how-to-apply/7

You are also encouraged to consider applying for one of the two University Research Scholarships available in the Faculty. For full details of all University of Leeds scholarships available for 2017/18, please visit http://scholarships.leeds.ac.uk/

All scholarships are tenable for up to 3 years full-time from 1 September 2017. Renewal of the scholarship each year is subject to satisfactory academic progress. Applicants will hold a good first degree in a relevant arts or social science subject and a Masters degree (or equivalent professional experience) demonstrating successful completion of appropriate initial research experience and/or training.

All of these awards are available to postgraduate researchers of all nationalities, but please note the School can only cover academic fees at the standard UK rate (or equivalent contribution to international fees). One of the School scholarships will cover fees only and may be studied part-time. The remaining four scholarships (one School and two LARS awards) will also include a maintenance grant of £14,296.

PhD scholars are also eligible to apply to the School for up to £300 financial support per annum to undertake appropriate research-based activities such as fieldwork and conference presentations. Successful applicants will also have the opportunity to contribute to the School’s teaching activities in the second year of their scholarship. Teaching development and mentoring will be provided for an appointee new to teaching in higher education.

Application checklist

Scholarship Application PhD Application
Scholarship Application Form PhD Application form
Two Academic References Two Academic References
Transcripts and Certificates including grading system of your undergraduate and postgraduate degrees Transcripts and Certificates including grading system of your undergraduate and postgraduate degrees
PhD Application form IELTS certificate (where appropriate)
Formal offer letter CV
IELTS certificate (where appropriate) Research proposal
Accompanying statement

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