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PhD opportunities in School of Art and Creative Industries, LSBU


  School of Arts and Creative Industries

 Funded PhD Programme (UK Students Only)

About the Programme

Two Doctoral Scholarships available in The School of Arts and Creative Industries, London South Bank University. One scholarship will be based in the Creative Technologies Research Centre (CTRC) and the second one will be based in the  Centre for the Study of the Networked Image (CSNI).

We welcome applications for two, full-time PhD scholarships (£17,668 annual bursary for a period of three years, fee waiver, plus an annual research expense allowance of £500).

About the School

The School of Arts and Creative Industries at London South Bank University offers access to excellent film, music and games studio facilities, including research labs in Volumetric Capture and Virtual Production at our Elephant Studios centrally positioned near London’s Southbank, and Virtual Production and Green Screen at Maidstone Studios in Kent.

The school of ACI has collaborations with arts and creative organisations in London and across the South East of England such as the BFI, UK Music, The Rose Theatre, Victoria and Albert Museum, and with cultural networks such as South East Creative Economy Network CreativeEstuary, and the Thames Estuary Production Corridor, while our 6.1m European Regional Development Funded Hi3 Network is developing a network of researchers and small to medium-sized businesses across London, Essex, Kent, and East Sussex to undertake research in creative technologies with partners Canterbury Christ Church University, Screen South, Maidstone Studios, and Creative Folkestone.

Scholarship Call 1: CTRC are seeking proposals that investigate any of the following concerns or sites of investigation:

  • Critical, audio-visual interventions on Contemporary Crises
  • Marginalised experiences and experiences of the margins
  • Globalised, Transnational and Hybrid Subjectivities
  • Non-normative Representation and other strategies for addressing Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Explorations of moving image technologies, legacy media, images of history and images as history
  • Collaborative Modalities and Participatory Practices
  • Covering any of the multiplicity of moving image practices (fiction, non-fiction, experimental), their crafts or institutions.

Scholarship Call 2: CSNI are seeking proposals that encourage critical attention to developing forms of cultural automation through the application of AI in communication technologies. Of overriding interest is the question of what part do computational networks and the training of machine vision algorithms play in shaping the ways in which the world is seen and how we acquire knowledge and understanding of ourselves and society.

We are seeking proposals which investigate any of the following: vernacular image practices; online video practices, onboard image software; online collections; image databases, imaging labelling and image taxonomies. Proposals can involve fieldwork, practice-as-research and discursive methodologies. Proposals can stem from but are not limited to the following disciplines: computer science, cultural and media studies, museology, art history, art practice, curating, drama and performance, anthropology, sociology, and education.

Application process:

Please submit the following documents

  • PhD proposal of maximum two A4 pages (please ensure that you use 12pt font)
  • CV outlining your experience
  • Names and contact details of two referees

Important: If your application is missing any of this documents, you will be automatically disqualified.

Deadline: Fri, 9 December 2022, by 5pm. Send it by email to  with the subject line: ACI PhD Scholarship

The shortlisted candidates will be interviewed on 15th and 16th of December via TEAMS, or on campus, at LSBU, and it is hoped that the successful applicant will register in January 2023. Should this timeframe be prohibitive, however, we will consider an April start. Please contact us by the 9th in either case. 

Important Note: This PhD scholarship is only open to UK residents who qualify for domestic fee. Applicants are expected to have a good honours degree (2.1 and above). You will be required to show proof of all your qualifications, and you will be asked to supply two academic references as part of admission process. If English is not your first language you will be required to prove your competency in English, showing an IELTS scores of at least 7.0 at postgraduate level.

CTRC enquiries can be sent to Dr Patrick Tarrant .

CSNI enquiries can be sent to Prof Andrew Dewdney .


Funding Notes

Two Doctoral Scholarships available in The School of Arts and Creative Industries, London South Bank University. One scholarship will be based in the Creative Technologies Research Centre (CTRC) and the second one will be based in the Centre for the Study of the Networked Image (CSNI). We welcome applications for two, full-time PhD scholarships (£17,668 annual bursary for a period of three years, fee waiver, plus an annual research expense allowance of £500).

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