The Department of Media Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London invites applications for two fully-funded doctoral studentships in the field of Television History / History of Technology.
These studentships offer an opportunity to join ADAPT (the Adoption of new Technological Arrays in the Production of Broadcast Television), a five-year, £1.3m research project led by Professor John Ellis.
Worth of Award

  • The studentships will cover full UK fees plus an annual maintenance grant of £16,400.
  • The standard length of the award is three years of full time study. It is anticipated that the projects will commence on 1 October 2014 and conclude by 30 September 2017.
  • Studentship One will investigate the evolution of tape-based and digital sound recording in British television production and the conflict between the demands of sound and camera, particularly on location.
  • Studentship Two will investigate the rapid change from 16mm film cutting to digital editing in the context of British television production.


  • Successful applicants will hold, or will expect to have completed by September 2014, a Masters degree in Film Studies, Television Studies, or a related subject.
  • Experience of research in written archives and/or the collection of oral history will be beneficial, as will an understanding of the methods and concerns surrounding the history of technology.
  • The successful applicants will join a busy department with an active research culture in the fields of film, television and digital media.
  •  In addition to working under the supervision of the project leader, Prof. John Ellis, they will benefit from the support of a research team including Dr James Bennett and Dr Nick Hall.
  • Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to read the full advertisement, and to make informal enquiries to Prof. John Ellis at [email protected]

How to apply

  • Applicants should first complete an online application form.
  • Select ‘Media Arts PhD’ under ‘Programme’ and add ‘ADAPT’ under ‘General Research Area’. Interviews are planned for the week of 16 June 2014.

Deadline: Application closing date is not stated but definitely apply before interviews commence on 16 June 2014
Click here to read more and apply online.