One of the Westminster Institute for Advanced Studies' (WIAS) key features is the Research Fellowship Programme that attracts and brings together current and future academic leaders.
We invite applications for international junior and senior research fellows, who conduct fellowship research projects in the field of critical social and digital media research for the duration of 3 months. Possible start dates are all dates between 9 January and 1 May 2017.
Critical digital and social media research at WIAS
Social media such as social networks (eg Facebook, LinkedIn, Renren, WeChat), blogs (eg Blogspot, Wordpress, Tumblr), content sharing sites (eg YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, Pinterest, Youku), microblogs (eg Twitter, Weibo), or wikis (eg Wikipedia) have in recent years had profound impacts on society. There are also other new trends in the world of computing such as big data, the Internet of things, cloud computing, the digital commons, the online sharing economy, mobile digital communication, etc.
Besides these new phenomena, there are established forms of digital media such as e-mail, search engines, online discussion, online communities, online publishing, online journalism, content sharing platforms, etc. All the digital phenomena that make up the world of digital media are subjects of critical digital and social media research.
The WIAS aims to contribute to bringing about a paradigm shift from big data analytics to critical digital and social media research methods. Digital and social media research at WIAS uses and develops critical theories, is profoundly theoretical, and discusess the political relevance and implications of the studied topics.
WIAS International Research Fellows enjoy the following benefits:
- A scholarship of £7,500 (minus taxes) for a period of a three months stay at the WIAS for covering visa costs, accommodation and subsistence in London.
- The opportunity for independent, critical research in an inspiring academic environment.
- Collaboration with other research fellows, researchers at the University of Westminster and beyond.
- The WIAS Colloquium allows research fellows to present their work to the academic and extra-academic public.
- Each WIAS International research fellow produces and publishes as part of his/her fellowship project one paper in the WIAS Research Paper Series Westminster Advanced Studies in order to disseminate new knowledge.
- Publishing at least one paper in a peer-reviewed academic journal as a result of research undertaken during the fellowship.
- Airfare to and from London paid by WIAS.
- Office space, and access to the university’s library and IT services.
For applicants whose nationality is from outside of the EEA as a UK University we will need to establish your right to be able to reside and undertake your research with us in the UK. If you need sponsorship for a UK visa then we will look at whether this is possible on a case-by-case basis once the assessment process is underway.
How to apply
Please complete a fellowship application form and submit it together with your full CV, your full publication list, and a digital version of what you consider your one best and most relevant academic publication that stands in the context of the suggested fellowship project (in the case of monographs, please include the introduction and select what you consider to be the book’s most important chapter).
Submit via email to: Denise Rose Hansen, WIAS Executive Assistant at D.Hansen@westminster.ac.uk.
Application deadline: Friday 28 October 2016, 5pm (GMT).
For any enquiries before application submission, please contact Denise Rose Hansen at D.Hansen@westminster.ac.uk.