PhD opportunities

There are two exceptional PhD studentship opportunities with deadlines in January 2021 (see below) to conduct Design Research in digital cultural heritage.

I welcome proposals focusing on different aspects of digital cultural heritage design practices, including AI, Machine Learning, Wearable Technology, AR, and VR. I am open to collaborating with external supervisors from other institutions in the UK and internationally.

I will fully support and mentor you with my experience in conducting advanced research internationally (see my Research projects). You will benefit from my large network of contacts and collaborations in the museum sector and academia, which can count leading research centres such as Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard University, Pratt Institute NYC, School of Museum Studies in Leicester, Essex University, and Cambridge University.

PhD Studentship Opportunity 1. Northumbria University’s Research Development Fund (RDF). Deadline: 29 January 2021
I am happy to announce I have an RFD for a PhD studentship in Digital Cultural Heritage Design. Applicants are welcome to submit their RDF proposal herePlease, do not hesitate to contact me if you have any question and you need suggestions to write your proposal.

IMP! The RDF studentship is available to UK Students Only. This means you should be: UK citizens; UK resident or possess the right to stay (e.g. pre-settlement status); or being a UK student (e.g. a Spanish who studied in the UK is eligible).

PhD Studentship Opportunity 2. AHRC Northern Bridge Consortium (NBC) application deadline: 13 January 2021, 4pm
Applicants are welcome to submit their NBC proposal hereIn the “subject contacts” session you will not find my name directly (Museum Studies – including Arts & Heritage Management: Dr Mark Jackson; Design: Prof Lars-Erik Holmquist) but, please, do not hesitate to contact me if you have any question and you want subject supervision.

The NBC studentship is available to home and international students. Each studentship consists of payment of tuition fees and a maintenance allowance at the UK Research Council’s national rate (currently £15,285) funded for a nominal 42 months of study.

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At the Northumbria University School fo Design, we encourage candidates to apply both for RDF and NBC. In the past, in some cases, the extra weeks allowed applicants to improve the NBC application enough to be accepted as an RDF student even though they did not get nominated for NBC. 

IMP! If you want an RDF position you have to apply separately for that (see above, apply for RDF). The RDF application may need some adjustment (or even be completely different from NBC) since one route is student-led (NBC) and one is super-visor led (RDF). I’d recommend the student make a tailor-made application for each instance, rather than have them overlap. Please, do not hesitate to contact me if you have any question.

In general, I’d recommend using both routes (NBC and RDF) as it increases the chances of success, just be aware of the different requirements.

A final note on our research environment. Northumbria School of Design is one of the largest dedicated design schools in the EU. In REF2014 we ranked top 10 (9 of 84) for Research Power in Art and Design.  The success of SoD research community is partly a result of Northumbria University’s commitment to growing strengths in multi-disciplinary research. Over the last three years, we have invested £8 million in the formation of multi-disciplinary research themes (MDRTs). Three of these MDRTs are explicitly tied to this PhD studentship in digital heritage design: IDEATE (focused on design innovation and co-creation in relation to societal challenges), Digital Living (focused on human-centred digital futures), and the Institute of Humanities (which has a key strand of activity around digital humanities and cultural heritage).

Anyone interested in conducting a Design Research on Digital Cultural Heritage and applying for these two PhD studentships, please, contact me.