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AHRC and College Studentships

  • Date06 November 2019

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 distinctive areas of specialist expertise – for example, in world dance and performance training; contemporary British and European theatre; playwriting and theatre criticism; Black British theatre; the performance of protest, demonstration and dissent; transnational theatre and performance; migration, indigeneity, and postcolonial politics; heritage, museums and theatre historiography; Shakespeare and 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 performance spaces include the Noh Theatre, at which we run an annual Noh Training Summer School, the Boilerhouse, and the Caryl Churchill Theatre.

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 2020. 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 (DTP). Please see the technē website and the College’s AHRC-related webpages for more details. The technē consortium is led by Royal Holloway. The other member institutions are: Brighton, Kingston, Roehampton, University of the Arts London, Westminster, Loughborough London, Brunel and Surrey.  The consortium also has 15 organisational partners which include the National Archives, Natural History Museum, Heathrow, Kew and UNICEF, who will provide training and development opportunities for students.

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 one or more prospective supervisors directly to discuss your project at the earliest opportunity. Please check here for details of core areas of research within the Department of Drama, Theatre and Dance, and here for details of the research expertise of academic staff in the Department. Alternatively, contact Dr Chris Megson (, Director of Graduate Studies, who can advise you on supervision and put you in touch with relevant staff.

If you and your supervisor/s agree that the proposal may be suitable for a technē or College studentship, applications must be submitted online through the technē Application Portal, FlexiGrant. The online application form has sections to be completed by the applicant, lead supervisor, referees and Royal Holloway technē administrator. Please note that you will also need to complete a College application form

Please note that the deadline for receipt of applications is Monday 13 January 2020.

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.

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