Funding: PhD Studentship in Media and Communication

The Department of Media and Communication at the University of Leicester is pleased to offer a fully-funded studentship for September 2015 entry to its Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme.

Supervisors: Dr Jessica Bain and Dr Kaitlynn Mendes
Start Date: September 2015
Eligibility: UK/EU and International Applicants
Application Close Date: 17 April 2015 

The Department of Media and Communication is pleased to offer a fully-funded studentship for September 2015 entry to its Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) programme. This studentship will pay full-time University UK/EU tuition fees for three years and include an annual stipend of £14,057. The successful applicant will also have access to a Research Training Support Grant worth £750 each year to help cover costs associated with their research work.

Research Areas and Supervision
Applications are invited in the broad area of Media Representations of Feminine Domestic Labour. We welcome research proposals from suitably qualified applicants interested in the recent resurgence of traditionalist discourses of gender and labour in mainstream media. This may reflect nostalgia for an imagined past, as well contributing to debates about feminism and ‘choice’ during the current period of austerity.

Possible of areas of research include:
•Gender Politics
•Feminist Media Analysis
•Media Representations
•Mediation of Domestic Labour
•Mediation of Femininity

We welcome applicants with a strong background in media textual analyses and an ability to work across different media, particularly television and social media.

The successful applicant will be supervised by Dr Jessica Bain and Dr Kaitlynn Mendes.

Entry Requirements
•First class or upper second class undergraduate degree or an equivalent overseas qualification in media/communication/cultural studies or a relevant subject*
•It is expected that applicants will also hold a Masters degree in media/communication/cultural studies or a relevant subject* or have equivalent professional experience
•Standard English language requirements
•Available to suitable UK/EU and International (i.e., outside the EU) applicants – please note though that the award covers tuition fees at the UK/EU rate only; international applicants (and those not eligible to pay UK/EU tuition fees) must demonstrate at the time of their application that they can fund the difference in tuition fee rates
•Available for full-time registration only
•Applicants must be able to start in September 2015

* or show evidence of achieving this by September 2015

Informal Enquiries
Informal enquiries are welcome – please contact:
•Dr Jessica Bain – or
•Dr Kaitlynn Mendes –

Apply Now
1. Draft a research proposal that tells us what you want to research, how you intend to do it, and why it is worth doing

2. Prepare your supporting documents – with your application you need to include proof that you meet the academic and English language entry requirements:
•include all relevant certificates/diplomas and transcripts
•international applicants must provide official copies of their entire course transcripts including explanations of the mark schemes used and, where possible, an indication of their class ranking/position in class
•supporting documents not in English must be provided with a certified English translation

You must also provide contact details for two academic (not personal) referees who can comment on your suitability for the research degree programme

3. Submit your online application or apply by post

Important Advice for Applicants
•The closing date for receipt of applications is 17 April 2015
•Applications that do not include a full research proposal and the required supporting documents will not be considered
•In the Fees and Financial Support section of the application, applicants must state that they wish to be considered for this September 2015 PhD Studentship in Media and Communication (Ref. Bain)

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