Arts and Humanities Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Award The World Theatre Season, internationalization and British performance culture

This Collaborative Doctoral Award offers an exciting opportunity to pursue a fully funded PhD with a leading international centre for research in international performance with one of the world’s foremost museums.

The project will examine the background, establishment and development of the World Theatre Season (held annually at the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Aldwych Theatre between 1964 to 1973) and its impact on British performance culture. A key aspect of the project is assessing the influence the work had on British directors and designers and the changes it led to in scenographic practice, particularly the importance of African and Latin-American companies and practitioners in the field.

The award will commence on or around 23 September 2013.


All applicants should meet the AHRC’s academic criteria and residency requirements.  Please see:

Applicants should normally hold, or be studying for, a Master’s degree in a Drama, Theatre or Performance Studies or a cognate discipline (e.g. Cultural Studies). Please see below for the Candidate Profile.

How to Apply

To make an application please complete the College’s online postgraduate application form ( — please click the link for Drama to access the form). You will need to upload your CV, degree certificates, transcripts, TOFEL/IELTS scores (if applicable), Statement of Purpose, Research Proposal, and writing sample. You will also need to arrange for two references to be submitted.

For further details about the project and the requirements of the statement of purpose, proposal and writing sample, and advice on referees, please see:

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Candidate Profile

The Department Drama is committed to appointing the very best candidates to our PhD programme. To apply you should have a good first degree (BA Honours or equivalent), at first class standard (or upper second class with clear evidence of 1st class work), and/or a Masters qualification (at Merit or above) in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies or a cognate discipline. The criteria for the appointment of the student will be the strength of (a) the candidate’s academic profile and relevant professional experience, (b) the quality of the proposal and statement of purpose, (c) the fit between the candidate’s profile, proposal and the project brief, and (d) the ability of the student to complete the project on time.

Application Deadline

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5 pm, Wednesday 19 June 2013. 

Applications sent directly to Professor Delgado or Dr. Dorney by post or email are not acceptable.


It is anticipated that interviews will be held on 27 June 2013.

Further Information

Applicants seeking further information about the studentship are invited to contact Professor Delgado or Dr. Dorney directly at or k.dorney@VAM.AC.UK. Applicants who would like further information about postgraduate research in Drama more generally are invited to contact Drama’s Director of Graduate Studies, Dr Catherine Silverstone (

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