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DCU Doctoral Studies

PhD Scholarships for 2017 now open.

The School of Communications at Dublin City University is now inviting applications from qualified candidates for up to five PhD Scholarships.

The School of Communications at DCU is one of the top Communications departments in Europe. It is a vibrant, outward-looking department that combines intensive research activity with the strongest commitment to high quality undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. Our staff are committed to producing cutting-edge research across a range of (inter)disciplinary fields including (new) media studies, media history, journalism studies, science communication, political communication, social media studies, film and television studies, music industry studies, advertising, and cultural studies. In the past five years, we have supported approximately 40 doctoral students to achieve PhD awards through this scheme.

The School now has an opening for up to five funded PhD scholarships. As well as a tax-free stipend of not less than €14,000 plus fees, we also support our students with funding for conference travel and research and offer PhD students opportunities to teach courses.

While scholarships are open to those working in a wide array of theoretical, epistemological and methodological approaches relevant to our school, this year, we particularly welcome applications in the following areas:

Journalism / Media History

Fellowship(s) in this area should ideally involve the design, development and implementation of an oral history project centred on the working lives of former journalists and editors. (For further information contact Dr. Mark O’Brienmark.obrien@dcu.ie)

Activism & Protest in the Digital Age

Fellowship(s) in this area should ideally focus on the relationship between citizens, digital media, and the communicative affordances shaping activism and mass protest today, particularly in developing or failed states, as framed by growing populist politics, authoritarian threats to independent media, internet freedom and human rights, and the development of alternative media spaces for debate, expression, and dissent. (For further information contact Dr. Tanya Lokottanya.lokot@dcu.ie)

Digital Methodologies in Communications

Fellowship(s) in this area should ideally be concerned with analysis of education technologies, online communications, and political discourse. Research incorporating structured data in mixed methods approaches (e.g. social media “big data”) is particularly relevant. (For further information contact Dr. Donal Mulligandonal.mulligan@dcu.ie)

Potential candidates should provide a 2,000 word application outlining your research proposal as well as a CV detailing academic qualifications and professional experience to date. Candidates must have consulted with a potential supervisor before applying.

General enquiries to: Dr. Jim Rogers (jim.rogers@dcu.ie)

Closing date: Friday 2nd June 2017
Applications to: Ms. Mary Nulty (mary.nulty@dcu.ie)


4th May, 2017
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