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PhD Opportunities in English, History and Performance

  Humanities Research Centre

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About the Programme

Applications are invited for Graduate Teaching Assistant PhD scholarships in Humanities, commencing 1st October 2021.

About the PhD programme

The Humanities Research Centre (HRC) at Sheffield Hallam University was founded in 1996. It promotes ground-breaking international research, applied knowledge and creative practice across the disciplines of English, History and Performance. Our research informs and illuminates vital interdisciplinary and subject-specific issues including: race, inequality and rights; gender and sexuality; globalism and transnational exchanges; and environmental humanities. We are both rooted in the Sheffield City Region and engaged globally.

PhD applications are invited on any topic related to our research specialisms in:


  • English literature from the early modern period to the present day
  • English language, including topics within the broad areas of language and social structure, and stylistics
  • Creative writing across all forms and genres

History from the 18th century onwards

  • Transnational histories and imperial encounters
  • War, violence and society
  • Labour and social movements
  • Women, gender and sexuality
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Business and finance


  • Applied and socially engaged theatre/performance
  • Theatre / performance history, historiography and heritage
  • Theatre / performance and environment, site, body and/or gender

We have an active community of research students who form a key part of the HRC's vibrant research culture. In joining our community of scholars, you will have the opportunity to attend and contribute to a range of seminars, workshops and conferences, including SHU's innovative interdisciplinary postgraduate research conferences on the topics of research METHOD and research IMPACT. We provide flexible training and development opportunities covering a range of research and career-related skills.

Graduate Teaching Assistantships

GTA scholarships provide an excellent opportunity to combine PhD study with professional development to gain practical experience in learning, teaching and assessment in Higher Education. You will be able to work towards Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy and as part of your training will be expected to support teaching related activities in the Department of Humanities, up to a maximum of 180 hours per academic year. For more information please visit Sheffield Hallam University PhD scholarships



• An annual maintenance stipend at standard UKRI national minimum doctoral stipend rates: £15,609 per annum for 2021/22 full-time study; £7,805 per annum for part-time study. The stipend is paid to you on a monthly basis as a tax-free bursary and is intended to cover basic living costs to enable you to undertake your studies.

For more information visit: Tuition fees for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals

How to apply

We strongly recommend that you contact a prospective supervisor to discuss your research ideas before submitting an application. Potential supervisors can be found through the staff lists on the department and research centre websites linked above or by contacting us for advice. You will need to submit a clear, detailed research proposal with your application outlining the central questions you want to address, the current knowledge on this topic and context for the enquiry (referencing key background literature) and outline the proposed research methods. 

Where English is not your first language you will need to submit evidence of English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS 7.0 (or equivalent).  

Sheffield Hallam welcomes applications from all candidates irrespective of age, pregnancy and maternity, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion or belief, or marital or civil partnership status.

For academic enquiries or advice please contact:

Prof. Niels P. Petersson, Postgraduate Research Tutor for Humanities

For more information about how to apply and an application form please visit

For general enquires please contact the Cultural & Creativity Research Institute Postgraduate Research Team

Submit your application to The closing date for applications is 23:30pm on 1st June 2021.

Selection process

Interviews will take place on 1st and 2nd July 2021 by videoconference. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to deliver a 10 minute presentation on their research proposal followed by an interview.


Funding Notes

Scholarships are available to Home and International students for 3.5 years of full-time or 6 years of part-time funding to include: • University tuition fees at Home levels. If you are required to pay tuition fees at the International rate you will be expected to fund the difference between the Home and International fees.
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