University of Brighton – AHRC in collaboration with Imperial War Museums (IWM) and University of Brighton
|Funding for:||UK Students, EU Students|
|Placed on:||15th February 2016|
|Closes:||7th April 2016|
Applications are invited for an AHRC-funded PhD at the University of Brighton: “Horace Nicholls: artist-photographer at war”. This is offered under the AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnership programme. The partner institutions are the University of Brighton and IWM. The studentship will be supervised by Professor Darren Newbury and Professor Francis Hodgson at the University of Brighton, and Hilary Roberts of IWM London. This full-time studentship, which is funded for three years at standard AHRC rates, will begin on 1 October 2016.
Horace W. Nicholls was one of Britain’s best known photographers of the early twentieth century. As one of the world’s first true photojournalists, his work shaped that of succeeding generations. He documented the impact of total war on the British people, and, as Britain’s first official photographer on the Home Front, had unique access, particularly to women war workers. After the war, he became the new Imperial War Museum’s Head of Studio (Chief Photographer) where he worked to secure and develop the IWM’s photographic collections and documented the evolution of commemorative activities. Nicholls’ archive is now dispersed and little known, preserved as part of the Royal Photographic Society collection (pre-1914), by the IWM (for the period 1914-36), and by the Horace Nicholls estate. This project will examine these three collections to properly evaluate Nicholls’ achievements, the influences that drove him and the significance of his legacy.
Applicants should have a good undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, satisfy AHRC eligibility requirements including Masters-level advanced research training or equivalent, and be able to demonstrate an active interest in the history of photography, journalism or some aspect of the visual media.
Subject to AHRC eligibility criteria, the scholarships cover tuition fees and a grant (stipend) towards living expenses. The value of the stipend for 2016/17 is yet to be confirmed. However, it is likely to be £14,296 plus £550 additional stipend payment for Collaborative Doctoral Students. For more information visit: http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/skills/phdstudents/fundingandtraining. In addition, the student is eligible to receive up to £1,000 a year from IWM and £1,000 a year from the University of Brighton towards research expenses.
How to apply:
Applicants should submit via email a curriculum vitae (no more than 2 pages), a sample of writing, a brief letter outlining their qualification for the studentship, and the names and contact details of two academic referees to Emily Peirson-Webber, Research Manager, IWM (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than 5pm on Thursday 7th April 2016. Please ensure the subject line of your email appears as ‘surname, first name – IWM/Brighton studentship.’
Interviews are scheduled to be held in London the week beginning 25th April 2016. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to complete an application to the College of Art and Humanities Doctoral Programme at the University of Brighton. For further information please contact Emily Peirson-Webber (EPeirson-Webber@iwm.org.uk | 020 7416 5461).
Deadline for applications: 5pm on Thursday 7th April 2016