School of English and Drama

Funding, Support, and Research

‘Red Ladies’ by Clod Ensemble for Psi#12 Performing Rights Conference and Festival (2006) 

Photograph © Manuel Vason

Drama at Queen Mary aims to provide financial support to outstanding applicants.

How to Apply for Funding

Applications for funding are made at the same time as applications for admission and must be submitted by the advertised deadline. In order to be considered for funding you must submit your application (online application form), Research Proposal (1500 words plus timescale and bibliography), Statement of Purpose, CV, degree certificates, transcripts, two references, and IELTS scores (if applicable).

There are two routes for applying for funding.

Home/EU students may apply for AHRC-funded studentship: applications must be made directly to the London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP). The deadline for applications to LAHP is Monday 28 January 2019. Candidates must also apply for a place to study at Queen Mary by Friday 18 January 2019 in order to be considered for an AHRC-funded studentship. International applicants are not eligible to apply to this scheme.

Applications to Queen Mary that are submitted before Thursday 31 January 2019 will automatically be entered for the Queen Mary Principal’s Studentships. There is no separate application process for these studentships, and all applicants (including international applicants) are eligible to be considered.

AHRC London Arts and Humanities Partnership

Queen Mary is a partner in the AHRC-funded London Arts and Humanities Partnership (LAHP). Eligible applicants to the PhD Programme in the Department of Drama are encouraged to apply for an AHRC studentship. Studentships cover tuition fees for a maximum of three years at the Home/EU rate and an annual maintenance grant or allowance (stipend). Candidates should hold a first-class or an excellent upper-second class Honours degree or equivalent, and would normally be expected to hold a Master’s degree.

The LAHP studentship competition for 2019/20 entry will open for applications on Monday 26 November 2018. The deadline for applications to LAHP is Monday 28 January 2019. Candidates must also apply for a place to study at Queen Mary by Friday 18 January 2019 in order to be considered for an AHRC-funded studentship. Only home and EU applicants are eligible to apply for AHRC funding.

You must have the support of a primary supervisor in the Department of Drama at Queen Mary before you apply to LAHP.

Queen Mary Principal's Studentships

Each year Queen Mary offers PhD studentships to highly qualified applicants. Queen Mary Postgraduate Research Studentships include a tuition fee waiver and an annual stipend at the research council rate. Applicants from the United Kingdom, European Union, and overseas are eligible to apply. We welcome applications in any area of the Department's research expertise. We also welcome proposals for interdisciplinary projects, especially with Geography, Film, English, Business and Management, and History.

The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences will offer up to 20 studentships for 2019-20 entry.

The closing date for applicants seeking QM Principal's Studentships for 2019 entry is 31 January 2019.

Please contact Drama’s Director of Graduate Studies, Dominic Johnson, for further information or see this page.

In order to be considered for funding you must submit your application (online application form), Research Proposal (1500 words plus timescale and bibliography), Statement of Purpose, CV, degree certificates, transcripts, two references, and IELTS scores (if applicable). Candidates should hold a first-class or an excellent upper-second class Honours degree or equivalent, and would normally be expected to hold a Master’s degree.

Externally-Funded Awards

We welcome applications from prospective Commonwealth Scholars and applicants seeking other externally-funded awards.

Research Training

Three kinds of research training are on offer to PhD students in Drama:

  1. Department and School training
  2. Training provided by other Departments and Schools in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
  3. College-wide training provided by the Centre for Academic and Professional Development (formerly the Learning Institute), including events specifically for Humanities students

Research training is designed to develop your skills and expertise in four areas: 

  • knowledge and intellectual abilities
  • personal effectiveness
  • research governance
  • engagement and impact

This relates to the schema devised by Vitae, the Careers Research and Advisory Centre, for the Research Councils.

The Department of Drama offers research training seminars on a range of topics including the ‘Approaching Performance Seminar Series’, which includes seminars on, for example, disciplines and fields; spectatorship; practice-based research; materialism; and space, place, and geography. Year 1 students also take the half-module ‘Performance Research Practices’, which is designed to help you reflect on and develop your methodologies and research design.

In collaboration with the Department of English, we also offer a range of skills and professional development seminars including, for example, how to prepare an academic cv; applying for academic jobs and interview skills; oral history and interview skills; applying for post-docs; preparing for the viva; publishing in journals (articles and book reviews); publishing books; and writing abstracts and presenting at conferences. 

Students also gain experience in running and presenting their research at an in-house Drama PhD colloquium in the first and second year of their programme. 

A year-long programme of research training events is released at the start of each academic year.

Click here for details of training opportunities offered by the Centre for Academic and Professional Development

London Arts & Humanities Partnership (LAHP)

QMUL is an associate member of the London Arts & Humanities Partnership (LAHP). LAHP is an AHRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership between UCL, King’s College London and the School of Advanced Study. As an associate member of LAHP, PhD students in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at QMUL can attend a wide range of subject-specific initiatives (courses, seminars and events) taking place across the LAHP member institutions. These events are listed here: http://www.lahp.ac.uk/current-students/student-development-and-training/subject-specific-initiatives/.

Research Allowance

The Department offers each student a research allowance to support conference attendance and fieldwork. Students are also encouraged and supported to apply for additional funding to the College’s Central Research Fund and external sources. 

Research students in Drama have been successful in securing support from the AHRC, Glynne Wickham Scholarships, International Oral History Association, Society for Latin American Studies, Arts Council, IrelandAnglo-Catalan Society, Association of Hispanists of Great Britain and Ireland, Arts Council England, Centre for Translation and Intercultural Studies University of Manchester, Erasmus, British Council (London & Cape Town), International Federation of Theatre Research, and Wisps Conference Scholarship.

Space and Facilities

Research students have access to Drama’s spaces to hold seminars, symposia, conferences, and reading groups, and to Faculty-wide research student facilities, including a dedicated study, social, and seminar building (Lock-Keeper’s Cottage), two dedicated postgraduate workrooms in the ArtsTwo building, and the Research Reading Room in Queen Mary's Mile End Library.

A number of performance spaces are also available for our research students to book outside the times that they are used for teaching and assessment purposes. These spaces include the Pinter Studio, Rehearsal Rooms 1, 2, and 3, and the dedicated postgraduate Film and Drama Studio in ArtsTwo.

Supported activities

Students in Drama actively disseminate their research nationally and internationally through conferences, symposia, publications, and performances.

Conferences and Symposia

Recent conferences and symposia organised or co-organised by our students include Collaborative Doctoral Award Approaches Conference (2008), Gobsmacked (2010), Theatre Translation as Collaboration: Re-Routing Text Through Performance (2010), Between the Past and the Future: Challenging Narratives of Memory in Latin America (2010), The Audience Through Time (2011), LABOUR (2012), Performing Monstrosity in the City (2012), Arts and Belonging in the Americas Today (2013), and Learning to Work (2013). Our students regularly present work at major conferences including PSi, TaPRA, ASTR, and IFTR. They also participate in disciplinary developments, debates, and postgraduate support through IFTR and TaPRA working groups and TaPRA Postgraduate Committee membership.

Publications

Our students have published numerous articles, including in Contemporary Theatre Review; Performance Research; Dance Theatre Journal; Journal of Cultural Studies; Memory Studies; Theory, Culture and Society; Journal of Victorian Culture; Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies; Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century; Maska; Law Text Culture; Platform; PAJ; TheatreForum; Journal of Media Practice; CTIS Occasional Papers; Polish Theatre Perspectives; Puppet Notebook; Frakcija: Performing Arts Journal; Liminalities; Théâtre/Public; Journal of Catalan Studies; About Performance; Research in Drama Education; New Theatre Quarterly; South African Theatre Journal; Journal of Adaptation in Film & Performance. Students have published chapters with Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Maska, Palgrave, Live Art Development Agency, Lexington, Arnolfini, Continuum, University of Wales Press, Intellect, Berghahn, and Project Press.

Performances

Our students have performed at numerous venues across the UK and internationally including Oval House, Barbican, Laban, Shunt, Camden People’s Theatre, Sadler’s Wells, Artsadmin, V&A, Chelsea Theatre, Duckie, BAC, Stoke Newington International Airport, Contact (Manchester), Compass Live Art Festival (Leeds), The Basement (Brighton), ANTI Contemporary Art Festival (Finland), SPILL Festival of Performance, Brighton Festival, Soweto Theatre, and Artscape (Cape Town). Plays and performance texts have been published by Oberon and Text and Performance Quarterly, and DVDs issued by the Live Art Development Agency.

Knowledge Exchange

Students and graduates also facilitate exchanges between academia, creative industries, community organisations, the public and other bodies in the UK and internationally through: workshop and syllabus development (e.g. for AfroReggae, Performing Medicine, employment in our AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award partner institutions (e.g. Research and Evaluation Coordinator, Barbican; Audience Researcher, Shakespeare’s Globe; Researcher, Sight & Sound), creating online study and education packs (e.g. LADA, Reading International Solidarity Centre), working with communities (e.g. travellers, LGBTQ youth), Creativeworks London’s PhD in Residence scheme, translations of creative works and articles (e.g. Peter Greenaway, Mohamed Kacimi, Bola Agbaje, Sam Shepard, Jean-Luc Lagarce, Pedro Almodóvar, Virgilio Piñera), arts programming (e.g. IETM, Zagreb), conferences, education and talks (e.g. BFI, Live Festival, Learning to Work), journalism and trade publications (e.g. Around the Globe, La Republica, Vogue Italia, Página 12).