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Funded PhDs at University of St Andrews, 2018-2019


The Department of Film Studies at the University of St Andrews invites applications for September 2018 entry to our PhD programme. Situated in Scotland’s most prestigious university—and one of the UK’s most beautiful university towns—our department maintains a vibrant and comprehensive research programme in global film cultures, with staff expertise ranging from early cinema to digital media and contemporary transnational film.

Our department, which earned first place for Film and Media programmes in the latest NSS, also maintains one of the most robust Film Studies PhD communities in the UK, with approximately 25 students working a range of exciting topics. Our PhD students gain valuable experience through a number of initiatives such as the organization of an annual PG research conference, the editing of Frames Cinema Journal, and participation in numerous departmental and interdisciplinary events. Many PhD students also have the opportunity to gain teaching experience in our subhonours tutorials.

The following funding opportunities are available for PhD applicants to Film Studies at St Andrews:

  • AHRC-SGSAH: The University of St Andrews is part of a block grant of AHRC studentships run in partnership with the Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities (SGSAH). A select number of studentships will be available for PhD applicants living the UK and the European Union. Successful UK applicants will benefit from fees, stipend and significant maintenance funding. For successful EU applicants, the AHRC covers fees only. Full details and the application form are available on the SGSAH website http://www.sgsah.ac.uk/studentships/. Students wishing to apply for AHRC-SGSAH funding must first be accepted into our doctoral programme and pass an internal review before being put forward. Please note that in order to be eligible, applicants must have two academic co-supervisors. If you wish to apply for one of these awards through Film Studies at St Andrews, please consult our application instructions online and contact potential supervisors as soon as possible. To be considered for an AHRC award, applications must be received in our programme no later than 8 January 2018.
  • St Leonard’s Scholarships: The Graduate School at St Andrews is offering a limited number of St Leonard’s Scholarships for the following types of PhD applicants: a) outstanding international applicants and b) applicants for inter-university projects where the thesis is co-supervised by a European university. If you fit one of these schemes, you may be considered for Graduate School funding. For international applicants, the deadline for applications to our department is 8 January 2018. For co-supervisions with European universities, the deadline for applications to our department is 1 March 2018

For other enquiries about the PhD programme at St Andrews, please contact our Director of Postgraduate Research, Dr. Paul Flaig (filmdopg@st-andrews.ac.uk)