The Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance at Royal Holloway is one of the major research departments in the UK. We have a large cohort of research students who create a vibrant academic community and take a leading role in the research culture of the Department - managing and editing the in-house, peer-reviewed journal Platform, organising conferences and events, and collaborating in the activities of our two research centres (in Asian Theatre and Dance, and Contemporary British Theatre).
We have a large number of academic staff who offer supervision on a remarkably varied geographical and historical range of theatre practices and disciplines. We also have some very specific strengths – for example, in world dance and performance training; contemporary British and European theatre; playwriting and theatre criticism; theatres of protest, demonstration and dissent; transnational theatre and performance; migration, indigeneity, and postcolonial politics; heritage, museums and theatre historiography; early modern theatre; amateur, socially engaged and participatory arts; and practice-as-research. The Department values its collaborations with several major national and international arts and cultural institutions including the National Theatre (London), the Barbican, Tate Modern, and the Shanghai Theatre Academy. Our three main performance spaces include the Noh Theatre, at which we run an annual Noh Training Summer School, and the Caryl Churchill Theatre, which opened in 2013.
The Department is pleased to offer a number of awards and studentships to applicants who are accepted for the MPhil/PhD degree to commence in 2019. Those intending to study for a PhD in the Department are able to apply for Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) studentships and for College studentships through a single process.
The AHRC studentships (stipend and fee waiver) are offered through the technē Doctoral Training Partnership. technē currently comprises nine universities in London and the South East and is one of the 10 AHRC Doctoral Training Partnerships. technē’s vision is to produce scholars who are highly motivated and prepared for academic, public or professional life. Its students benefit from an exceptional range of training workshops and opportunities to engage with partners in the arts and cultural sector. technē is committed to developing cross-member supervision and therefore welcomes and encourages cross institutional and/or cross disciplinary supervisory teams. The training programme is enhanced by engagement with technē’s partner organisations in the cultural sector (including the Barbican, Natural History Museum, Museum of London, BFI, and Science Museum). Students who are unsuccessful in their application for a technē scholarship will be prioritised for the award of College scholarships (which may consist of a stipend and/or fee waiver).
How to apply
Prospective doctoral applicants who are interested in applying for a studentship should proceed as follows:
Contact Dr Chris Megson (Chris.Megson@rhul.ac.uk), Director of Graduate Studies, at the earliest opportunity to talk informally about your proposed research project. If appropriate supervision is available, you will be connected with the relevant member(s) of staff in order to discuss your proposal in detail. Alternatively, please feel free to contact prospective supervisors directly to discuss your proposal.
If the Director of Graduate Studies and supervisors agree that the proposal may be suitable for a technē or College studentship, you will need to complete a technē application form via the technē application portal (which opens today), as well as the Royal Holloway application form.
Please note that the deadline for receipt of both the technē and College applications is Monday 14 January 2019.
Your application is first considered by internal panels of subject experts at Royal Holloway. You should hear in March whether the College will forward your application for consideration by the technē Peer Review College. If your application does go forward, you will hear in April whether it has been successful. Unsuccessful applicants from both stages will be considered automatically for College scholarships by a Faculty Panel and you should hear the outcome in early May.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch directly if you have any questions about postgraduate study at Royal Holloway.