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  The studentship project will explore how post-colonial politics were shaped after WWII, thus adding further insight into our understanding of the complex nature of gaining independence from imperial powers.


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  Ms Jane Nobbs  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

‘Cold War and “Other” Narratives’ investigates and examines through the archives of the Imperial War Museums (IWM), the diverse or buried stories that have impacted independence movements throughout the West’s colonial territories.

Using the Cold War as a dominant narrative, the research project aims to perform forensic work on the ideological perspectives that influenced and shaped the majority world’s move to independence.

In understanding our contemporary global political climate, we must continuously examine how East/West relationships post-SWW concerning the pre-post-colonial eras have shaped our world, and critically investigate how images produced within the context of Cold War politics have framed and shaped the making of Allies and constructed ‘Others’.

The project aims to present a different or alternative visual framework to create new understanding concerning processes of liberation across the colonised world, and how images have been articulated, framed and put to work in cultures that have aided the construction of a dominate narrative concerning post colonial political formations.

Information document

Find out more information and about the application process for about Cold War and Other Narratives (Word 30.7KB)

  • Application deadline: 17 June 2024
  • Start date: 3 September 2024
  • Duration: 3 years full-time


This opportunity is open to applicants eligible to pay tuition fees at the UK Home rate only.

To be classed as a home student, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a UK National (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have settled status, or
  • Have pre-settled status (meeting residency requirements), or
  • Have indefinite leave to remain or enter

EligibilityApplicants must have an undergraduate degree (1st class or 2.1) and a  Masters Degree (or equivalent experience) in a relevant subject area.

If applicable, IELTS 7 overall (with 7 in writing and no lower than 6 in in each individual component) or recognised equivalent.

Other requirements: The PhD must be submitted within the funded period.


Applicants should submit:

  • CV and a covering letter that sets out the applicant’s suitability for, and interest in, the scholarship.
  • Detailed project proposal (refer to information document).

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to a 30-minute online interview. The panel will include key staff from UAL and IWM.

Applications should be submitted to:

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