Contemporary art and Scottish colonialism

   Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design

   Sunday, June 30, 2024  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

A practice led PhD of research on any aspect of Scottish colonial links and connections, its cultural influences, its effect on social, cultural, and political life, its effect on the personal life, in Scotland or beyond.

What are your understandings and experiences of historical and contemporary legacies of Scottish colonial history and how can they be share and communicated through contemporary art practice and research?

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Our research community thrives on the diversity of students and staff which helps to make the University of Dundee a UK university of choice for postgraduate research. We welcome applications from all talented individuals and are committed to widening access to those who have the ability and potential to benefit from higher education.


Applicants must have obtained, or expect to obtain, a UK honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent for non-UK qualifications), and/or a Masters degree in a relevant discipline. For international qualifications, please see equivalent entry requirements here:

English language requirement: IELTS (Academic) overall score must be at least 6.5 (with not less than 6.5 in reading and writing, and 6.0 in speaking and listening). The University of Dundee accepts a variety of equivalent qualifications and alternative ways to demonstrate language proficiency; please see full details of the University’s English language requirements here:


Step 1: Email Professor Graham Fagen, , to (1) send a copy of your CV and (2) discuss your potential application and any practicalities (e.g. suitable start date).

Step 2: After discussion with Prof Fagen, formal applications can be made via our direct application system. When applying, please follow the instructions below:

Candidates must apply for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Art & Design (3 year) using our direct application system: Apply for a PhD in Art and Design.

Please select the study mode (full-time/part-time) and start date agreed with the lead supervisor.

In the Research Proposal section, please:

-         Enter the lead supervisor’s name in the ‘proposed supervisor’ box

-         Enter the project title listed at the top of this page in the ‘proposed project title’ box

In the ‘personal statement’ section, please outline your suitability for the project selected.

Creative Arts & Design (9)

Funding Notes

Candidates may be eligible to apply for funding through the Scottish Graduate School for Art and Humanities and should consult their website for further information about how to apply: View Website


Some suggested contexts, not exhaustive.


National Records of Scotland

National Library of Scotland

UCL Centre for the study of the Legacies of British slavery

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