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WRoCAH Arts and Humanities Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Award Studentships


Key facts

Wednesday 6 March 2024
Funding start date
Tuesday 1 October 2024
Number of funding places
Country eligibility
International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
Source of funding
Research council
Key staff
Dr Robert Knifton
School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

The White Rose College of Arts and Humanities (WRoCAH) is a Doctoral Training Partnership of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York. A Collaborative Doctoral Award, where a researcher works closely with a non-academic partner organisation, is available in the School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies. For detailed information please see the link to the project in the Linked Project Opportunities below.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible"Full description</h2>

<p>Collaborative doctoral studentships are&nbsp;40 months in duration for full-time study and&nbsp;are subject to satisfactory academic progress. Awards must be taken up in October 2024;&nbsp;no deferrals are possible. &nbsp;Awards may be taken up on a part-time basis if a student is eligible to undertake part-time study; international applicants may be required to study full-time by the terms of their visa.</p> <p>Detailed competition information can be found on the <a href="" target="_blank">White Rose College of Arts and Humanities website</a>.</p> <p>The award provides:</p> <ul> <li>Fees at standard Research Council rate.&nbsp;The difference between the Home and International fee will be met by the University of Leeds for a successful international applicant.</li> <li>A maintenance grant (&pound;18,622 in Session 2023/24&nbsp;for full-time study, part-time will be pro-rata at 60%). This amount increases per annum in line with the Research Council UK rate</li> <li>A &pound;600 annual&nbsp;enhancement as a contribution to costs relating to working with your partner organisation.</li> <li>Please be aware that any expenses related to the relocation of international students to the UK (visa, insurance, NHS fees, flights, etc) would be their responsibility and is not covered by this award.</li> </ul> <p>WRoCAH students are required to undertake a bespoke training package and to complete a Researcher Employability Project of at least a month, a Knowledge Exchange Project, and to engage with Internationalisation.</p> <p>All WRoCAH students must submit their thesis for examination with the funded period. This is a requirement of the Arts &amp; Humanities Research Council, which provides the funding for WRoCAH, and is a condition of accepting a Studentship.</p>

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Faculty information</h2>

<h3>Available project:</h3> <p><strong>Artists Networks: whose voice counts? Researching disconnects with and for artists from the Global Majority in the Yorkshire region.&nbsp;</strong>This project will collaboratively examine approaches to the critical absence of research on the involvement of artists from the Global Majority within artist-led networks in the Yorkshire region. The positive impact of participation in networks supports artistic resilience across social, economic and cultural value systems (Holden 2015, Virani et al. 2021). Artists from the Global Majority are not connected and lack visibility, particularly if their art practices arise from non-western aesthetic traditions. As ongoing research by the Yorkshire &amp; Humber Visual Arts Network (YVAN), impacts and practices will be shared and contribute to fair and equitable arts policy frameworks.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p><strong>By 12 noon Wednesday 6 March 2024</strong>, applicants are required to submit to WRoCAH an <a href="" target="_blank">Expression of&nbsp;Interest</a>, which should include:</p> <ol> <li>A CV with details of academic qualifications</li> <li>A covering letter comprising a two-page statement to convey your&nbsp;motivation and enthusiasm for the project, and to demonstrate your&nbsp;suitability for your intended PhD studies with the University and Project&nbsp;Partner. <em>The covering letter should specifically highlight the following:</em></li> </ol> <ul style="list-style-type:circle;"> <li>Your interest in the project and details on why you have chosen that&nbsp;University and Project Partner.</li> <li>How you will apply your current skills, knowledge and experience to&nbsp;undertake a PhD and the approach you would take&nbsp;to&nbsp;develop the project.</li> <li>How the project fits into your career plans and ambitions.</li> </ul> <p>More details can be found&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">here</a>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>By 11th March</strong>&nbsp;<strong>2024</strong>&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;alongside your <a href="" target="_blank">expression of interest&nbsp;form</a> you should also submit&nbsp;an <a href="" target="_blank">application for an academic place</a>&nbsp;for&nbsp;a PhD&nbsp;in the relevant School so we can ensure you meet the programme requirements before shortlisting.</p> <p>You will also need to provide the following&nbsp;supporting documents:</p> <ul style="list-style-type:circle;"> <li>Degree transcripts and certificates</li> <li>Two references (ask your referees to send their&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">references</a>&nbsp;directly to the&nbsp;Graduate School. References can be&nbsp;on letter-headed paper or on the University of Leeds reference form).</li> <li>IELTS certificate (if appropriate)</li> </ul> <p><strong>15 March 2024 &ndash;&nbsp;</strong>the <strong>short-list</strong> of candidates to be invited for an interview will be announced.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Week commencing 24 April 2024&nbsp;</strong>-&nbsp;<strong>Interviews</strong> will involve the academic supervisor, Project Partner supervisor and a member&nbsp;of the WRoCAH Studentships Committee. These will be conducted online.</p> <p>Before applying for any WRoCAH Studentship, please first ensure that you&nbsp;have read the WRoCAH webpages about the WRoCAH training&nbsp;programme and requirements, as well as other funding opportunities&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank"></a>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>As an international research-intensive university, we welcome students from all walks of life and from across the world. We foster an inclusive environment where all can flourish and prosper, and we are proud of our strong commitment to student education. &nbsp;Across all Faculties we are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to Black, Asian, people who belong to a minority ethnic community, people who identify as LGBT+; and people with disabilities. Applicants will always be selected based on merit and ability.&nbsp;</em></p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Applicants should hold a first class or an upper second class Bachelors Honours degree in a relevant discipline as well as holding (or expecting to obtain) a relevant Masters degree with Merit (or its equivalent). Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements are advised to contact the admissions team prior to making an application.<br /> <br /> Applicants should be well-qualified with a background in any of the following disciplines: arts and cultural management, cultural studies, fine art practice, museum studies, heritage studies

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study in the School of Fine Art, History of Art &amp; Cultural Studies is an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 7.0 in writing and at least 6.0 in each component (reading, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid.

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information about this project&nbsp;please contact <a href="">Robert Knifton</a>. If you require information about the application process please contact&nbsp;<a href=""></a>.</p> <p>Full project details can be found in the Project link below.</p>

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