Below you will find information on our two current funded doctoral studentships for UK/EU applicants.

Institute of the Arts PhD Studentship - Li-Yuan Chia (LYC) in Cumbria Project

This Doctoral studentship in contemporary art is focussed on a practice-based response to the legacy of Chinese artist/curator Li-Yuan Chia’s life and work in Cumbria.

Lead Supervisor is Professor Mark Wilson

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The context for the research will be on Li’s migration (circuitously from China through Italy and London) and how his choice to settle in Cumbria, informed the development and coalescence of his own curatorial and artistic approaches. During the years 1971 – 1982, Li extended an already established artistic practice involving abstract, sculptural and audio works, by opening and developing a Gallery in Banks, a hamlet situated on the Roman wall. The Li Yuan-Chia (LYC) Museum soon became a nationally and later, internationally respected venue, serving a wide group of participants – from the local community to regional and emerging national and international artists. His success and reputation is based on a spirit of inclusion, generosity and hospitality within the field of modern and contemporary art.

Using contemporary practice-as-research methods, the student will make work in the media of their choice, in consideration of Li-Yuan chia’s artistic and curatorial practice as a migratory, transcultural exchange, situated unusually as it was, within a non-metropolitan, rural setting.

The applicant must demonstrate an ability and inclination to network and build communities of interest/practice around the LYC legacy – including comprehensive use of resources offered by partners potentially within a broader research project*, including UCIA, the John Rylands Research Institute (Manchester) and the LYC Foundation (London). *The greater project is intended to raise awareness of the key period in this migrant artist’s life, the Project and its findings will be made publically accessible, initially in the form of an exhibition, workshops and related events

How to apply

In preparing and developing your application, we recommend you contact the one of our supervisors in Fine Arts for more detailed discussion of your research proposal. For further information about this or for other queries about the studentship, please contact Research Student Admissions for an informal discussion. 

Application is direct to the University of Cumbria.

Download application form 

Complete the application form and submit along with your research proposal to rsa@cumbria.ac.uk no later than 28 January 2019. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

In the subject bar of your email query or application, please specify the application is for the Institute of the Arts studentship.

  • Deadline for applications 28th January 2019,
  • Interview preferred candidates week of 18th February 2019,
  • Agree offers and process for the 1st April 2019 registration for successful applicants.

Institute of Education PhD studentship - Social justice and inclusive education

The LED Research Centre (www.cumbria.ac.uk/LED) invites proposals from potential doctoral candidates focused on social justice and aspects of inclusive education in relation to social class (or social disadvantage), gender, and / or Black, Minority Ethnic, Asian heritages.

Proposals linked to Philosophy of Education, Religion and Worldviews Education are also welcome.

Lead supervisor is Associate Professor Dr Sally Elton-Chalcraft

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We normally expect applicants to have successfully gained a masters award including completion of an educational research project.

In preparing and developing your application, we recommend you contact the one of our supervisors in the LED research centre for more detailed discussion of your research proposal. For further information about this or for other queries about the studentship, please contact Research Student Admissions for an informal discussion. 

How to Apply

Application is direct to the University of Cumbria.

Download Application Form 

Complete the application form and submit along with your research proposal to rsa@cumbria.ac.uk no later than 28 January 2019. Applications submitted after this date will not be considered.

In the subject bar of your email query or application, please specify the application is for the Institute of Education studentship.

  • Deadline for applications 28th January 2019,
  • Interview preferred candidates week of 18th February 2019,
  • Agree offers and process for the 1st April 2019 registration for successful applicants.