Doctoral Studentship, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Deaf Performance Studies

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is offering a PhD research studentship to an applicant of outstanding ability. The studentship will be part-time for six years, to the total value of £10,000 per annum (c.£3,600 to cover fees, the remainder for subsistence costs).

The purpose of the successful applicant’s programme of research will be to analyse and assess the impact of a ground-breaking new undergraduate programme designed around the learning and teaching needs of the deaf performer, which has been developed in partnership with Solar Bear Theatre company.

The successful applicant will possess at least a good first degree, and preferably also a Masters qualification with a suitable research training element. You will be able to demonstrate excellent research skills, including expertise in appropriate research methods, the ability to manage a research project, and excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for a variety of readerships. Knowledge of deaf communities is essential, and British Sign Language will be an advantage.

Methodological decisions and the theoretical framing of the research will be determined by the candidate in conjunction with the supervisor. In preparing an application, particular thought should be given to the proposed research questions and approach.

The deadline for application is 11th August 2014 and interviews will take place in the week beginning 19th August 2014. The studentship will begin in late September 2014, and will be held for 72 months.

Informal enquiries about the studentship may be directed by email to Dr Stephen Broad, Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange (

Application forms can be obtained from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland’s website:

The Royal Conservatoire’s research programmes are validated by the University of St Andrews.

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