University of Birmingham/Royal Shakespeare Company: The Other Place PhD Scholarship

Level of study
Doctoral research
Subject area
Drama and Theatre Arts, English Language and Linguistics, English Literature
EU, Overseas (Non-EU), UK
Type of Award
External, University
Deadline for applying
Closed 30/01/2017 (Note: competition closed for this year)

Award Description

This prestigious opportunity is rooted in a new five-year collaboration between the University of Birmingham and the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) at The Other Place (TOP).

The University is a Founding Partner of TOP, which is the RSC’s unique hub for rehearsal, training, learning and creativity.  The main aim of the collaboration is to bring academic criticism and scholarship together with creative experiment in order to make something new—something which opens up fresh possibilities for both theatre-making and academic research.  It is inspired by what The Other Place’s Artistic Director, Erica Whyman, sees as Shakespeare’s spirit of ‘radical mischief’, and it seeks to establish a new and fertile relationship between canonical and contemporary, innovative art. 

The PhD will be co-supervised between members of the University of Birmingham and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Value of Award

The scholarship will cover maintenance and fees for UK/EU candidates, or fees only for overseas candidates. A separate research allowance is attached to this PhD scholarship to support the activities of the successful candidate in post.

Eligibility Criteria

The successful candidate will have excellent academic credentials, a strong interest in theatre practice and in the civic responsibilities of arts organisations. Some experience of practice-based research or of working with an arts organisation may be an advantage.  They will have developed their own convincing, ambitious proposal for documenting the collaboration and its intentions in relation to wider research in critical, cultural, philosophical and theatrical scholarship.

We are ambitious for this PhD to make a creative contribution to the collaboration as a whole in terms of developing and advancing its intellectual agenda and bringing it to wider attention in diverse academic and artistic communities.  The successful candidate will benefit from close involvement in the cross-institutional research culture involving the RSC, the University of Birmingham and its Shakespeare Institute and will play a significant role in the major collaboration conference planned for 2018.

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How to Apply

The deadline for receiving applications (including two references) is 4 p.m. on 30 January 2017.

In order to apply, students must first have completed an application to the Shakespeare Studies PhD Programme at the Shakespeare Institute.

They should then complete the funding application form below, and return the completed form to by 4pm, 30 January 2017.

Applications must also be supported by two references. It is the responsibility of the applicant to forward the reference form below to both nominated referees, and advise them that references must be returned to by the application deadline, 4pm, 30 January 2017.

The application and references forms can be downloaded below: