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Space Between - MPhil/PhD Scholarship

The Opportunity

We are looking for a new student who is D/deaf, disabled and/or neuro-divergent for a PhD scholarship.

PhD is a degree awarded to people who have done advanced research into a particular subject

scholarship is when someone pays for your studies for you. There is only one scholarship available this year so this is a competitive process.

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The Project

What is it?

A PhD research project

What is the name of the project?

Space Between

What type of study is it?

It is practice based research which includes:

  • Researching
  • Coming up with ideas
  • Testing ideas in different ways
  • Using different types of research
  • Making creative works
  • Sharing learning
  • Engaging others

The research project will explore:

  • Immersive theatre; interactive/participatory art; live action role-playing game (LARP).
  • Making temporary communities - bringing together audiences or participants in person or digitally to experience something together.
  • Using instruction-based performance - where the players, audiences, participants are given instructions to follow to take part in the experience.
  • Use audio technology - Using audio equipment to apply voice, music and sound in the project.
  • Using digital and non-digital tools, such as wireless headphones, written instructions, projectors or mobile phone apps.

Key aims:

  • Explore themes of public space,  privilege, intimacy, care and belonging.
  • Research how creative, artistic, and other practices (e.g. theatre, performance, games, larp) generate temporary spaces and communities to encourage social interaction, intimacy, trust and collaboration.
  • Investigate digital technology and its impact on individual and collection imagination, agency and relationship to place.
  • Investigate the role of instruction in  artistic work, addressing socio-cultural conventions, behaviours and values.
  • Develop artistic research, addressing societal challenges.

The final project:

  • The final project can take on any artistic form as long as it responds to the original brief.
  • The candidate can demonstrate and evidence previous experience as the main artist - or one of the lead artists - in projects of their chosen area of exploration.
  • The practical application of research accounts for 50% of the PhD submission. The remaining 50% will be written word (minimum 40,000 words).

Key Information

How long is the scholarship?

3 years full-time study OR 6 years part-time study

Funding Available

UK students will have their tuition fees fully covered, international students will pay the difference between UK and International tuition fees.

The selected candidate will also receive a bursary of a minimum of £17,668 per year, for three years (subject to satisfactory progress), which is paid on a monthly basis towards their living costs.

Where will I study?

You will mainly study at Bathway Theatre in Woolwich where the drama team is based. You will be part of the School of Stage and Screen.

Sometimes you will study at other places for example at home or at a library.

Sometimes you will study where your research project will require, such as specific public spaces or venues.

What kind of person are we looking for?

Who is the scholarship for?

This scholarship is for a student - also referred to as a researcher - who identifies as D/deaf, disabled and/or neuro-divergent.

We are looking for a researcher who:

  • Has a 1st class or 2nd class honours degree, or a master's degree. Significant professional experience and achievements will also be considered.
  • Can demonstrate previous experience of research and professional practice in this project area - as a main or lead author/artist.
  • Is motivated to research and study without a teacher, but can work with access support to complete tasks.
  • Has taken part in creating immersive theatre or game design or interactive experiences before, ideally in a leadership role.
  • Someone who can start the project by September 2023.
  • Ideally, someone who has worked in their area of research in other countries. You can still apply if you haven't.
  • Ideally, someone who has explored the themes of class, trauma, public space, privilege, intimacy, care and belonging. You can still apply if you haven't.
  • Ideally, someone who is confident in an academic context. This is make sure that you have finish your PhD project successfully with support from us. You can still apply if you are not.

How to apply

This is a two-stage application process, those that are successful in stage one will be asked to progress to stage two.

Stage One

If you would like to apply please send the following three items below by email to: We need receive this email by 5pm on Monday 6 February 2023.

1. Your CV

A CV is a document that has information about the jobs you have done, the education you have and how to get in touch with you.

2. A letter in response to two questions:

Why do you want to take part in the this project?

Why are you the right person for this project?

3. A portfolio and/or links to your previous artistic work

As part of your submission, you will be allowed to submit additional  information about your past projects as a lead or main artist.  They can be in a portfolio format (PDF file, no more than 5 pages). They can also be links to websites and documentation of your projects.

Stage Two

If you are successful in the first stage of application, we will invite you to submit a full application via the University's PhD application system, this will be followed by an interview.

This is a competitive process and only one scholarship will be awarded. We will only invite applicants who meet the criteria, to progress to Stage Two.

Contact Us

If you have any questions at all please contact us by emailing