Sussex Humanities Lab Doctoral Research Scholarships, UK

Publish Date: May 09, 2015

Deadline: May 27, 2015

Sussex Humanities Lab Doctoral Research Scholarships (2015)

The Sussex Humanities Lab at the University of Sussex is pleased to invite applications to study for a PhD. We are offering 4 Home/EU fully funded scholarships and 1 International fully funded scholarship OR 5 Home/EU fully funded scholarships depending on the applicants.

The Humanities demand re-invention. Digital transformation means the objects of humanist study have changed. This project and programme of activities is designed to develop critiques, methodologies, and tools ensuring this field is fit for the future. As our culture is re-born digital, old divisions that marked out criticism from history, music from paint, image from text, object from performance, have become increasingly archaic - legacies of the technologies of print and the medieval university. When all the forms of cultural production flow through the digital, the boundaries between them are reconfigured. This reality calls for us to re-imagine the humanities, and to build fields of study that transcend the computational and the aesthetic, informed by new digital objects of study, rather than by inherited disciplinary silos.

Supported by £3 million of funding the University of Sussex is creating a substantial research infrastructure over the next four years, our vision is to ensure that information scientists and literary critics; media scholars and designers, social scientists and historians, collaborate to serve the fundamental roles of humanities research - to explore the human condition and the social and material worlds we make. We wish to make the humanities fit for purpose in a digital age.

Sussex Humanities Lab has the following research strands. Each PhD scholarship will be attached to one or more strand and the proposal must align with the Sussex Humanities Lab research programme:

Digital archives/Digital history

Digital media/Computational culture

Digital technologies/Digital performance

Digital lives/Memory and experience

We offer expert supervision in the following areas:

  • Digital Humanities
  • Digital Media
  • Media and Cultural Studies
  • Digital Cultures
  • Digital History
  • Digital Sociology
  • Digital Performance
  • Education and Social Work
  • Informatics (Humanities oriented)

We welcome applicants with humanities and computational specialisms and anticipate cross-school supervision teams.

Successful international applicants to either School of Media, Film and Music, the School of History, Art History and Philosophy or the School of Education and Social Work will be eligible to compete for a Sussex Humanities Lab scholarship.

The Sussex Humanities Lab aims to create an outstanding record in research and contribute actively to Sussex's lively interdisciplinary research culture.

  • For more information about the Schools, Research Centres, our faculty and their research interests, please visit:
  • You can also find more information about doctoral research at Sussex via our Doctoral School website:
  • or get in touch with the Sussex Humanities Lab, Dr. David M. Berry, who is happy to answer any questions about our doctoral programmes and the application process:

You are encouraged to contact the Sussex Humanities Lab as soon as possible to start the application process.


Type of award

Postgraduate Research

Award amount

£14057 (2015-16) per annum tax-free bursary and a fee waiver each year for 3 years. Full-time study.


Proposals should align with one of the four strands (above) of the Sussex Humanities Lab and applicants will need to have received an offer from one of the following PhD courses by May 27th 2015:

  • Media and Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Creative and Critical Practice
  • Art History
  • Social and Political Thought
  • Philosophy
  • Music/Music Theatre
  • Sociology/Education/Social Work

Applicants must commence their academic studies in the United Kingdom by the start of the Spring term in January 2016.

Applicants will be expected to hold, by January 2016, the UK equivalent of a first class honours degree and a Masters degree graded at merit or above.

Applicants must meet or ideally exceed the University's English Language Requirements as set out in the postgraduate prospectus.

Application procedure

Please apply through the Sussex University on-line admissions system:


You MUST state in the "Finance Information" section of the on-line admissions system that you are applying for the Sussex Humanities Lab Doctoral Research Scholarship


once you have been made an offer on the PhD it is essential that you email Jaime Huxtable ( to ensure your inclusion in the scholarship selection process.

An internal panel of subject specialists from the Sussex Humanities Lab will judge the applications according to academic merit (academic record, quality of research proposal, fit of supervisory expertise). The decision of the panel is final.



27th May 2015 - Deadline for completed applications

3rd June 2015 - List of applicants holding offers to be sent to Panel for consideration

15th June 2015 - Deadline for applicants to be informed of the outcome

Further information

Successful international scholars will be expected to support the University's international strategy. This could include supporting international partnership development, promotional or ambassadorial activities, up to a maximum of 6 paid hours per week and not exceeding 180 hours in any one academic year.

Contact details

Queries should be directed to:

Dr. David M. Berry

Sussex Humanities Lab

Silverstone Building

University of Sussex

Falmer, Brighton



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