Dave Laing PhD Scholarship at the Institute of Popular Music

Applications are invited for the Dave Laing PhD Scholarship funded by the Margaret Wethered Bequest. It is established in honour of Dave Laing, who was closely associated with the Institute of Popular Music, from its foundation in 1988 until his death in 2019.


The scholarship is intended to support three years of study towards a PhD. UK students will receive a stipend in addition to tuition fees; international students will receive a fees-only award.

Open to:

Applicants should normally hold an MA (or equivalent), preferably with distinction, in popular music studies or a cognate field such as media studies/communication, musicology, ethnomusicology, anthropology or sociology.

Key information

Professional experience may be seen as equivalent to an MA, at the discretion of the selectio committee. Proposals relating to any area of popular music research are welcome, and potential candidates with an interest in Dave’s areas of research specialism (e.g. Music Journalism, Punk, Popular music history, Folk and Music Industries) are encouraged to apply.

How to apply

To apply, please submit a full C.V. and a research proposal as detailed above to  artsrecruit@liverpool.ac.uk by no later than 5pm on 21st October 2022.

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