Postgraduate Funding

See below for current funded postgraduate vacancies.


Faculty:                        Humanities and Social Sciences

School:                         School of Arts

Stipend:                       Fees paid, plus £15,072 living allowance                                  

Tenure:                        Up to 3 years

Hours of Work:             Full time                                         

Closing Date:                15th March 2019

The School of the Arts is offering up to six fully funded PhD studentships, to cover fees and living allowance, to commence on 1st October 2019. Successful candidates will have a good BA and MA degree in a relevant area. Candidates should submit a full C.V. and a research proposal detailing their intended research topic (maximum 1,500 words), and should nominate two suitable supervisors from the staff in the School of the Arts. Candidates are strongly encouraged to approach prospective supervisors in advance of submitting an application.

Successful applicants will have a proven track record of excellence at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and already show the potential to be outstanding academic researchers. We particularly welcome applicants who have formulated clear ideas about how their work might be brought to audiences within the discipline, in other cognate disciplines, and outside the academy. Proposals that connect with the research themes of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences are especially welcome. Details of these can be found here:

The School of the Arts is one of four Schools in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. The School is home to five academic departments:

  • Architecture
  • Communication and Media
  • English
  • Music
  • Philosophy

At the heart of the School of the Arts is a vibrant research culture, with strong collegial spirit and a commitment to providing an excellent student experience. The School maintains strong links with cultural institutions in the city such as the Tate, National Museums of Liverpool and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, which stretch across student experience, research and public engagement. Our aim is to achieve and maintain the highest standard in research excellence while pursuing fruitful civic engagements, collaborative relationships and opportunities for knowledge exchange.  In total the School has around 150 research active staff – many of whom are internationally known for their work – and about 150 postgraduate research students, each of whom makes a distinctive contribution to the School’s research profile.  The University has a London campus and also a partner University campus in Suzhou, China. The link with Xian Jiatong – Liverpool University (XJTLU) presents a dynamic potential for exchanges and research links. In Liverpool, the historic 19-23 Abercromby Square sits at the centre of School life, providing recently refurbished conference spaces, library facilities and seminar rooms.

The School is committed to the University’s Diversity and Equality agenda and will be applying in 2019 for Athena SWAN Bronze status.

More details about the School of the Arts, and research interests of potential supervisors in the individual departments, can be found here:

Each studentship offers a tax-free stipend of £15,072 per year for three years and a full-time fees waiver. Non UK/EU students may apply but will be subject to UK Borders Agency controls. Successful applicants will also have access to research and training expenses, and can apply for further funding to pursue fieldwork, academic exchange, and collaboration with non-academic organisations. There is a normal expectation that successful candidates will be given the opportunity to undertake some undergraduate teaching in the relevant department after their first year of study (usually no more than three contact hours per week). Teaching and associated preparation and marking will be paid separately from the stipend.

Application procedure:

To apply, please submit a full C.V. and a research proposal detailing your intended research topic (maximum 1,500 words), including the names of two suitable supervisors from the staff in the School of the Arts to by no later than 5pm on Friday 15th March 2019.

You should arrange for TWO academic references to be sent independently by referees to by the closing date, clearly marked with your name and the studentship you are applying for. 

Informal inquiries can be sent to Dr Yannis Tzioumakis;

Applicants should be prepared to be called for interview.