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CAMEo Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies

Fully-funded PhD Studentship (Graduate Research Assistant)

‘Disability, Work and the Cultural Economy’
University of Leicester
CAMEo Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies

The CAMEo Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies is pleased to offer a fully-funded PhD studentship (Graduate Research Assistant) position for four years from October 2018.

This studentship is offered in conjunction with CAMEo’s research partner Attenborough Arts Centre (AAC) which specialises in the programming of inclusive and accessible art and strongly supports the work and commissioning of disability-led art and artists. The successful applicant will work with CAMEo and AAC to develop a PhD project that ideally focuses on some aspect of ‘disability, work and the cultural economy’, broadly defined.

We particularly welcome outline PhD proposals and applications from suitably qualified applicants who can show evidence of an interest in one or more of the following (or closely related) topics: disability and the arts; disability and cultural work and employment, inclusivity and accessibility issues in artistic and creative work, cultural participation and inequality; careers, work and employment for disabled or disadvantaged groups.

A strong interest in disability and in work and employment in the creative arts is therefore regarded as highly desirable, however other applications will also be considered that show a strongly-related or cognate interest in other issues concerned with accessibility to cultural or creative work for disadvantaged groups.

As a Graduate Research Assistant you will combined PhD study with part-time research work for the Institute (0.2 FTE), mainly working on research projects and activities co-devised between CAMEo and AAC.

CAMEo Research Institute for Cultural and Media Economies


The successful applicants will receive an annual salary/stipend package worth £14,777 and a UK/EU tuition fee waiver. The positions will continue for four years, subject to a satisfactory annual progress review.

Start date: October 2018

Deadline for application: Friday March 16th 2018

How to apply:

Applications should be made by email in the first instance to [email protected] Please include:

  • CV to include academic qualifications to date and any qualifications awaited.
  • A research proposal outlining your intended PhD project, of 1000-1500 words: include a title, a statement of the problem, the key research questions, how it links to previous academic literature or research, proposed methodology, indication of a plan and time-scale of activity.
  • A personal statement or letter which explains why you are interested in the Studentship: outline your key interests and experience, and why you would be a good person to appoint as a GRA; you should indicate how your work specifically complements one or more of our research strands or our specified research topics;

Informal enquiries:

Queries about project ideas are welcome and should be made to Dr Doris Ruth Eikhof or Professor Mark Banks. For more general enquiries about making an application please contact us at [email protected] For further information on AAC please click here.

Candidates short-listed for interview will be contacted by the University. We hope to conduct interviews in the final week of March. Interviews will be held at the University in person or by Skype, if appropriate.

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