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Cardiff University School of Journalism, Media and Culture (JOMEC) is inviting applications for funded PhD studentships supported by both the AHRC and ESRC.

 JOMEC has a long-standing reputation as a world-leading centre for innovative teaching and research with scholars engaged in pressing issues and debates across journalism, media, culture and the creative industries bringing together theory and practice. As well as strong industry links with the important and growing sector of the creative and cultural industries, JOMEC also hosts the renowned biennial ‘Future of Journalism’ conference bringing together researchers and practitioners from around the world.

 JOMEC secured 2nd place in the UK in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF), for its world-renowned research in journalism, media and cultural studies. It earned the highest possible score for its research environment with 95% of its research considered world-leading or internationally excellent.

 The University values diversity and equality at all levels and encourages applications from all sections of the community, irrespective of age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief. In line with our commitment to supporting and promoting equality, diversity and inclusion, and to increase recruitment of currently underrepresented groups, applications from Black British, Asian British, minority ethnicity British and mixed-race British candidates are particularly encouraged and welcomed. 

 We invite PhD applications for the following two studentships. Applicants should identify a potential supervisor before submitting their application. Information on JOMEC’s research clusters is found here. An overview of our staff’s research interests is available here

Studentships commence in October 2023.

 ESRC Studentship (Journalism and Democracy Pathway)

Applications for an ESRC General Studentship are welcome for full and part-time study as either ‘1+3’ (i.e., one full time year of research training Masters followed by three years of full-time Doctoral study, or the part-time equivalent), or ‘+3’ (i.e. three years of full-time doctoral study or its part-time equivalent), depending on the needs of the applicant.

The award is open to home and international (including EU and EEA) students. Successful international applicants will receive a fully funded studentship and will not be charged difference between the UK and international fee rate.

Studentships will commence in October 2023. Details of fees, stipends and eligibility criteria are available from the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership website: https://walesdtp.ac.uk/studentships/.

 A completed application form for admission to doctoral study at Cardiff University must be submitted by the deadline of 12.00 noon, 3 February 2023. https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research/programmes/programme/journalism-studies

 Applications must contain the following:

 1. Cover letter addressed to the Pathway Coordinator (maximum 2 pages) addressing: 

·      Reasons and motivation for applying;

·      Understanding and expectations of doctoral study;

·      Academic interests relating to your proposed research project; and

·      Whether you wish to apply on a +3 or 1+3 basis.

2. Copies of academic and/or professional qualifications, along with proof of English language competency if required.

 3. Two academic references

 4. Curriculum vitae (maximum two pages)

 5. Research proposal (maximum 1000 words, excluding bibliographic references) including:

·      Project title, aims and purpose of the research;

·      Brief overview of the relevant academic literature;

·      Proposed research design and/or methods;

·      Anticipated scholarly contribution of your research; and

·      Bibliographic references

 NB When completing the application for admission to doctoral study at Cardiff University, please state clearly in the section on funding option that you wish to be considered for an ESRC studentship.

 AHRC Studentship (South, West and Wales Doctoral Training Partnership)

 The South Wales and West Doctoral Training partnership is a collaboration of leading universities and cultural institutions including Cardiff University and Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum of Wales. Students are provided with unparalleled access across institutional boundaries to the most relevant and cutting-edge expertise through these collaborative supervisory teams, ensuring an exceptional breadth and depth of coverage for your project.

The partnership has launched their scheme supporting new doctoral candidates who want to begin research projects in October 2023: http://www.sww-ahdtp.ac.uk/prospective-students/apply-2023/

The studentship competition and application system are now open and close on Monday 16th January 2023.

Applications must be submitted online directly to the partnership. Information regarding fees, stipends, eligibility requirements, and the application process are all available from the partnership website (see link above). 

 Information available in Welsh on request.


Funding Notes

ESRC Awards commence in October 2023 and will cover tuition fees and a maintenance grant (currently £17,668 p.a. for 2022/23 for full-time students) and includes access to an additional Research Training Support Grant (RTSG), though an element of this latter fund may be ‘pooled’ and require separate applications from 2023 onwards. There are other opportunities and benefits available to studentship holders, including an overseas fieldwork allowance (if applicable), internship opportunities, overseas institutional visits and other small grants. For AHRC information regarding fees, stipends, eligibility requirements, applicant guide and application instructions visit South Wales and West Doctoral Training Partnership View Website

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