Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies Research Studentship, University of Westminster, UK

Publish Date: Mar 24, 2016

Deadline: Mar 31, 2016



Three years, full time


The Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies and the Westminster School of Media, Arts & Design are pleased to offer two PhD Studentships, consisting of a fee waiver and annual stipend of £16,000 for three years. The Studentship will commence in September 2016, and is available to applicants with a Home, EU or Overseas fee status.

The Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies (WIAS) is a new institute at the University of Westminster.  It is an academic space for independent critical thinking beyond borders. The WIAS’ aim is to foster and disseminate advanced studies that generate insights into the complex realities and possibilities of the contemporary world. The WIAS first research focus is critical social media research.  Professor Christian Fuchs is the Institute’s director.

We welcome proposals that fit into the WIAS’ research framework of critical social/digital media research and give particular focus to the theoretical and empirical analysis of particular questions having to do with a) the political economy of digital labour or b) the ideology critique of social media data and discourses.

CAMRI (the Communication and Media Research Institute) is one of the leading research groups in media and communication, its work rated by the UK Government’s 2014 Research Excellence Framework, as 52% 4* (world leading), and 35% 3* (internationally excellent). We have over 20 research active staff and 70 PhD students. We have a wide and expanding range of research interests, centered on three main research groups in social media, media policy and industries and media history. We have established centres for the study of the media in China, India, the Arab world and Africa. In the broadest sense we are interested in the social, economic, political and cultural significance of the media, and welcome proposals from prospective students on these or any other topic related to media and communication.

Eligible candidates will hold at least an upper second class honours degree and a Master’s degree. Candidates whose secondary level education has not been conducted in the medium of English should also demonstrate evidence of appropriate English language proficiency, normally defined as 6.5 in IELTS (with not less than 6.0 in any of the individual elements). Read more about our entry requirements.

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The Studentship consists of a fee waiver and a stipend of £16,000 per annum. Successful candidates will be expected to undertake some teaching duties.

Prospective candidates wishing to informally discuss an application should contact Professor Christian Fuchs, c.fuchs@westminster.ac.uk or Dr Anthony McNicholas,mcnichc@westminster.ac.uk.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on 31 March 2016

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