PhD Scholarships in Dance

Vice Chancellor’s Scholarships

Roehampton is pleased to offer 50 VC Scholarships for PhD research areas across the university. We are seeking bold, innovative postgraduates with a record of achievement to undertake a broad range of thematic and cross-disciplinary projects. You will be supervised by experienced teams of internationally renowned scholars, enjoying extensive opportunities to collaborate with a diverse range of partners and to work within one of our highly acclaimed research networks.

Funding is available for UK/EU and International* students at Home/EU rates (tuition fee waiver at £4,052 and stipend at £16,057 for 2015/16) for three years full-time study (or part time equivalent for five years).

Students will benefit from being part of their Departmental research communities and the Graduate School, which sits at the heart of our supportive doctoral community. All doctoral students further benefit from a range of high-quality training opportunities that foster development both within the academy and beyond.

*International recipients of VC Scholarships will only be covered to Home/EU rates, and be expected to make up the difference between Home/EU and International tuition fee rates. Current levels can be found on the University’s Finance Pages<http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/Finance>.

How to Apply

Deadline for applications: midnight 5 May 2015

1.  Prospective applicants are advised to contact the relevant faculty member named on the Eligible Project lists to informally discuss their application before submission.

2.  Students should then complete a VC Studentships Application Form<http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/uploadedFiles/Pages_Assets/PDFs_and_Word_Docs/Graduate_School/VC%20Scholarship%20Application%20Form%202015-16.doc>, in consultation with the Notes of Guidance.<http://www.roehampton.ac.uk/uploadedFiles/Pages_Assets/PDFs_and_Word_Docs/Graduate_School/VCScholarship-application-guidance.2015.doc>
3.  Applications must be submitted by email to PGRscholarships@roehampton.ac.uk<mailto:PGRscholarships@roehampton.ac.uk> along with:
a. Copies of your university transcripts
b. Copies of professional qualification certificates (if relevant)
c. Test results to demonstrate your proficiency in English (if required, see below)

4.  Applicants must also arrange for references from academic referees to be sent directly to the above email address by the application deadline (5 May 2015). Applications without supporting references sent directly from referees will not be accepted.

Applications will be considered first by relevant academic departments, and shortlisted candidates will be invited to interview by the end of May. Each department will then nominate their best candidates to go forward to the University-level competition. Final results will be available at the end of June 2015.

Enquiries

VC Studentship Scheme: PGRscholarships@roehampton.ac.uk <mailto:PGRscholarships@roehampton.ac.uk>
Graduate School Admissions: pgresearch@roehampton.ac.uk<mailto:pgresearch@roehampton.ac.uk>

Eligible projects in Dance:

In the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014), the Department of Dance was ranked number 1 in the UK for dance research. Our fully funded PhD studentships allow you to work with internationally recognised scholars and practitioners on subjects of contemporary relevance, and engage with the largest doctoral dance community in the world. For information on the Centre for Dance Research and our PhD supervisors, go to

www.roehampton.ac.uk/Research-Centres/Centre-for-Dance-Research

Eligible Projects:

Folk Dance Revival through Oral History (with English Folk Dance and Song Society), with Professor Theresa Buckland

Using oral history as its methodology, this project explores the revival of British folk dance through its various stages during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It takes note of the most recent resurgence of interest, fuelled by a return to traditional acoustic folk music in the 1990s and aided by media attention such as the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, as well as and films and documentaries charting the revival of dance forms.

Interdisciplinarity & Collaborative Practice for the Independent Dance Artist (with Independent Dance and Siobhan Davis Dance), with Professor E Claid

Collaboration and interdisciplinarity will be the common broader areas of research that this PhD project could address. The practice-as-research project will be shaped in further detail by the applicant in dialogue with the supporting partners and the University of Roehampton, and we would expect the researcher to find ways to embed their practice and research into the activities of ID and SDD. As with any p-a-r project, the researcher would outline the types of outcomes they imagine would emerge from their practice.

Professionalisation of Indian Dance in the UK: Akademi’s pioneering role (with Akademi of Indian Dance), with Dr Ann David

For over 30 years, Akademi has pioneered new visions of dance, synthesizing traditional and contemporary influences and cultural exchange and becoming part of the artistic DNA of the UK. This project examines the professionalisation of Indian dancers and the pioneering roles Akademi, and other Indian dance institutions have played in this significant change and perception of these performers.

Constructing a Legacy: British Black Dance (in partnership with ADAD – African Dance of the Diaspora), with Dr Stacey Prickett

ADAD is a national organization that supports the practice and appreciation of the dance of the African Diaspora. Its work enables such dance genres to be visible and to be valued as part of the British cultural experience. This scholarship would help raise the profile of dance of the African diaspora in Britain, mapping how the work of ADAD sits within a larger global framework.

Curation as a Form of Artistic Practice (in partnership with Dance Umbrella), with Dr Efrosini Protopapa

Founded in 1978, Dance Umbrella is internationally recognised for its annual October festival. In addition, projects supporting artists and engaging with the public with choreography now take place year-round. To date, DU has reached audiences of over one million people in London. As a curator of outstanding, experimental and newly created works, DU’s work is unparalleled. This project seeks to understand artistic practices and decision-making in the current global climate of dance performance.