[Humanist] 29.741 PhD studentship at Galway

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 741.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Thu, 25 Feb 2016 15:09:02 +0000
        From: "Tonra, Justin" <justin.tonra at nuigalway.ie>
        Subject: PhD scholarship in Digital Humanities at NUI Galway

The National University of Ireland, Galway invites applications for a four-year scholarship in the Digital Arts & Humanities structured PhD programme, to commence in September 2016.

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 15 April 2016. Applications are made via the Postgraduate Application Centre: http://www.pac.ie/nuig (see below).

Digital Arts & Humanities (DAH) is a full-time four-year interdisciplinary structured PhD programme. The PhD programme is linked to an all-Irish university consortium committed to developing postgraduate education and training in the Digital Arts and Humanities.

DAH is a field of study and research which develops the combined creative potential of new computing software programmes, data aggregation, visualisation, information management, text analysis and text mining, and digital media of different kinds. The programme at NUI Galway, established in 2011, enables students to carry out research in this area at the highest level by engaging with leading academics and practitioners.

The DAH Structured PhD programme provides the research platform, structures, partnerships and innovation models for fourth-level researchers to engage with a wide range of stakeholders in order to contribute to the developing digital arts and humanities community world-wide. It includes both practice-based research in digital art and media and the use of digital tools in the scholarly analysis of cultural texts.

For the student, DAH will promote advanced practical and academic research in applying innovative models of arts practice and theory, humanities research, archiving, and pedagogy. The programme also provides coherent exposure to transferable skills in digital content creation that will be academically and professionally beneficial.

Programme Structure
Candidates enter the programme via the Humanities or the Arts strands (in the Moore Institute or Huston School respectively). In each strand, students complete training and career development modules, including modules taught at NUI Galway as well as modules accessible through partner institutions. The overall aim of the taught modules is threefold:

1. to introduce students to the history and theoretical issues in digital arts/humanities;
2. to provide the skills needed to apply advanced computational and information management paradigms to humanities/arts research;
3. to create an enabling framework for students to develop generic and transferable skills to complete the required work for the award of the PhD. Work placements at pertinent institutions may also form part of the scholarship.

Year 1: Students select a number of educational modules from a range of courses and workshops delivered at NUI Galway and at partner institutions. These modules provide a grounding in essential research skills and transferable skills together with access to specialist topics.
Years 2-3: Work on PhD research projects is supplemented with access to elective modules.
Year 4: Dedicated to completion of PhD.

Application Process
NUI Galway invites applications for four-year scholarships for the DAH programme; scholarships are valued at €16,000 plus fees per annum. Entrants will be expected to have a first-class or upper second-class honours degree within a relevant discipline.

Candidates who have applied previously to the DAH programme may apply for this scholarship only with a new proposal.

Applications are invited in the area of Digital Humanities. Proposals for Digital Arts research are not sought for the 2016 scholarship.

Digital Humanities proposals should include a strong digital component, either as a core method of research and dissemination, or as a subject of research in itself. Proposals may address any topic within Digital Humanities, including (but not limited to): archives & preservation; authorship attribution; classical studies; corpus analysis; crowdsourcing; historical studies; interdisciplinary collaboration; internet history; literary studies; natural language processing; ontologies; scholarly editing; stylistics and stylometry; text-mining; textual studies; visualisation. Previous DAH students have also worked closely with researchers at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics in Galway (https://www.insight-centre.org/).

Prospective applicants should identify and indicate potential supervisors for their research proposal: http://www.nuigalway.ie/findasupervisor/ <http://www.nuigalway.ie/findasupervisor/>

For further information please contact Professor Daniel Carey, Moore Institute (daniel.carey at nuigalway.ie<mailto:daniel.carey at nuigalway.ie>) or Dr Justin Tonra, Discipline of English (justin.tonra at nuigalway.ie<mailto:justin.tonra at nuigalway.ie>).

Application should be made online at the Postgraduate Application Centre: http://www.pac.ie/nuig - PAC code: GYG38. One sample of academic writing (e.g. a recent BA or MA course essay) and a 1500-word research proposal should also be submitted through PAC. The proposal must be structured under the following headings:

1. Description of proposed research (800 words)
This section should describe clearly the subject and scope of your research, and the proposed outcomes in terms of the creation of new resources, tools, knowledge transfer, etc. You should indicate the critical problems or questions you propose to address in the thesis component of your PhD, as well as any digital outputs that may arise from your work.
2. Context (350 words)
This section should describe, as far as you can tell, the extent of the existing academic and digital work in your area of interest. You should be able to explain how your research will challenge or extend this existing situation.
3. Methodology (250 words)
Here you should describe the specific methodologies and technologies you expect to employ.
4. Sources and Archives (100 words)
Give a preliminary indication of the primary and secondary material you expect to work with.
5. Evidence of previous achievements in digital media or art practice (for practice-based PhD applicants only).

Closing Date for Applications is 5pm on Friday 15 April 2016.

Dr Justin Tonra,
University Fellow in English,
School of Humanities,
National University of Ireland, Galway.

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