Shepherd Studentship | The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama


The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, University of London, invites applications for the Shepherd Studentship for a PhD researcher commencing in October 2018 or January 2019.

Central is pleased to announce this fully funded studentship that offers an exciting opportunity for a suitably qualified candidate to undertake doctoral study in the field of drama, theatre, and performance.

In the space of less than a decade, Central has built up a unique culture of postgraduate research in cultural histories of performance and modes of theatre-making.  We welcome applications in any of the following areas of specialization:

  • Transnational and European stages.
  • Directors’ Theatre
  • Choreography and digital humanities.
  • British and European theatre practices (including playwriting, translation and adaption, and interdisciplinary work)
  • Theatre and cultural history
  • Curation and documentation
  • Performance and technology (technology in performance, and digital methods for the study of performance)
  • Theatre aurality
  • Film theory and film analysis
  • Theatre, politics and philosophy.

Home and EU students are eligible for a full award.  This amounts to the total value of tuition fees plus a £15,500 maintenance grant, matching a fully funded AHRC studentship, offered for up to three years for new first-year students.  The award for overseas students is a 50% fee waiver and a £15,500 maintenance grant.  All students will also be eligible for an additional £500.

All applicants need to make a formal application through Central’s online portal by 09.00 on Monday 13th August 2018.  Applications can only be made online and full details can be found here.

The Research Team will contact applicants with an invitation, where appropriate, requesting a full proposal and personal statement, the deadline for which is: Thursday 6th September 2018.  Interviews will be scheduled for the week beginning Monday 24th September 2018.

For enquiries, further information, or a preliminary discussion about making an application, please contact  However, please note: applications sent directly to Research Services or to potential supervisors by post or email will not be considered.

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