PhD Studentship in Poetry, Fine Art and New Media

Loughborough University

Loughborough University is pleased to announce a fully funded PhD studentship connected to the research of Dr. Ahren Warner based in the School of the Arts, English and Drama. The studentship will be paid for a period of up to three years, starting 1st January 2017. It will cover tuition fees at the UK/EU rate, and provide a tax-free stipend of £14,296.*

The School offers an exciting interdisciplinary research environment and welcomes the submission of high-quality proposals that have the potential to make a substantive contribution to either practice-based or critical research on historical or contemporary dialogues between poetry, visual art and media technologies.

Proposals should outline practice-based and/or critical explorations of an aspect of the interplay between poetry or poetic language, visual art, materiality and/or media. Topics might include, but are not limited to:

  • Original, practice-based creative writing and/or fine art proposals drawing on a dialogue between literary and visual practices.
  • Publishing and literary materiality
  • Philosophical approaches to poetic materiality
  • New media as literary or visual form
  • Historical Avant-Garde and/or Modernist literature/fine art
  • Textuality in modern or contemporary visual art
  • Photography and literary practice

Applicants should hold a first class or good upper second class Honours degree in English, Fine Art or a related area, and a Master’s degree (preferably with merit or distinction (or their overseas equivalents)). Applicants whose Master’s results are pending will be considered. Applicants must also meet the University’s English Language requirement – see for details. 

International (non-EU) students may apply, however the total value of the studentship will be used towards the cost of the International tuition fees. Any remainder will be paid to the successful candidate as a reduced stipend.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr Ahren Warner (, who will be happy to answer questions and provide feedback on the appropriateness of the research topic proposed.

Your application requires the submission of a detailed research proposal (approximately 2,000 words), and the names and contact details of two academic referees.

Further details about preparing a proposal can be found here:

To make an application, use the online application form. Under programme name please select ‘English’ and quote reference SAED/AW17 in the funding section of the form.

The deadline for applications is the 28th October 2016.

Interviews are expected to take place in the week commencing 21st November 2016.

*The value of the tax-free stipend in years two and three will increase in line with Research Council recommended values.

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