Research Excellence Academy Scholarship

Deadline: 30 September 2016
Open to: UK, EU and international applicants who propose to study their PhD on a full-time basis
includes the UK/EU rate of tuition fee and £14,296 living expenses per year


Interested in connections between memory, heritage and identity in Europe?  This project examines how and why particular historical moments are mythologised for symbolic effect in official and non-official heritage practice and in political discourse. You will explore this over a variety of cultural forms, including social media, connecting uses of the past to contemporary discourses of European and anti-European identities.

The PhD project will benefit from and complement a major EU-funded award led by the primary supervisor – Critical Heritages: performing and representing identities in Europe (CoHERE).

You will develop a mixed-methods, interdisciplinary approach, employing critical discourse analysis, museum display analysis, digital methods and approaches from visual culture, memory studies, cultural studies, media studies, sociology and politics.


  • UK, EU and international applicants who propose to study their PhD on a full-time basis;
  • Hold at least a 2:1 honours degree and a masters degree, preferably with distinction, or their international equivalents, in: heritage/museum studies, history, cultural/media studies, art history, politics, sociology, geography or a related subject;
  • Meet our English language requirements if your first language is not English;
  • Be commencing the first year of a full-time PhD with the University in January 2017;
  • Knowledge of a second European language is desirable but not essential.


The scholarship includes the UK/EU rate of tuition fee and £14,296 living expenses per year (2016-17 Research Council UK rate).

Funded through Newcastle University’s Research Excellence Academy.

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application form.  All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must be completed:

  • Insert the programme code 8834F in the programme of study section;
  • Select ‘PhD Media, Culture and Heritage’ and the ‘Research Area’ Museum, Gallery and HeritageStudies;
  • Insert the studentship code MCH17 in the studentship/partnership reference field;
  • Attach a covering letter, CV and a 750 word outline about:

1) How you would develop the project;

2) What research methods and critical approaches you would hope to use to achieve this, giving an indication of areas where you would require support/training.

  • The covering letter must state the title of the scholarship, quote reference code MCH17 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
  • Attach degree transcripts* and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualification (you will not be able to submit your application until you have submitted your degree transcript/s).

You should also email your covering letter, CV and 750 word project outline to Professor Whitehead:

More information on the official website.

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