Two fully-funded doctoral studentships in television history

Please note that these studentships have been filled and are no longer open to applications.

The Department of Media Arts at Royal Holloway, University of London is pleased to advertise two fully-funded doctoral studentships in the field of Television History / History of Technology.

Click here to download full details of this opportunity in PDF form.

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.

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

Applicants should first complete an online application form, which can be found at this link. Please select ‘Media Arts PhD’ under ‘Programme’ and add ‘ADAPT’ under ‘General Research Area’.

Applications must be received by 5pm on Monday 2nd June, 2014. Interviews are planned for the week of 16 June 2014.