CPC PhD study opportunities

Eligibility: UK/ EU

Duration: Full fime (3 and a half years) or part time ( seven years)

Application deadline: 9 September 2019

Interview dates: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Enquiries are essential before application; contact Dr Kaja Marczewska to discuss this opportunity.

Centre for Postdigital Cultures (CPC), Coventry University invites Expressions of Interest from prospective PhD students, interested in PhD programmes staring in the academic year 2020/2021.

We encourage EOI applications from suitably qualified candidates hoping to develop a PhD project in any of the following research areas:

  • post-capitalist economies
  • post)digital arts and humanities
  • posthumanities
  • affirmative disruption and open media
  • the 21st century University and Art School
  • creative archiving and international heritage

PhD topics can include, but are not limited to: digital and postdigital media, media theory, screen media arts, photography, photography education, experimental film, experimental writing, experimental publishing, book and publishing cultures, grassroots cultural practices, knowledge production, postfeminism, gender relations, aesthetic labour, mediated intimacies, technology-enhanced learning, gamification, serious games, artificial intelligence, technical innovation.

One of the aims of the CPC is to envisage alternative forms for society in the 21st century. Exploring issues of collaboration, community, and the commons, the Centre’s goal is to facilitate new articulations of culture that call for radical rethinking of the relationship between the human, technology, economy, and the environment. Both traditional and practice-based PhD projects which speak to any of these topics are welcome.

You can read more information about the Centre and our staff, including information about their research expertise and recent publications.

We are currently inviting Expressions of Interest from prospective applicants who seek fully funded PhD studentships at the Centre for Postdigital Cultures, supported by the AHRC Midlands 4 Cities (M4C) consortium These prestigious, competitive studentships offer a fee waiver and a maintenance grant for 3.5 years (full time) or 7 years (part time), as well as access to unparalleled training, additional funding, and networking opportunities.


  • UK/EU
  • Masters qualification (or nearing completion), or relevant professional experience

Candidates who do not meet the eligibility criteria for M4C PhD funding scheme but who are interested in PhD study at the Centre for Postdigital Cultures are encouraged to contact Dr Kaja Marczewska to discuss alternative opportunities available to them. We are always happy to hear from prospective PhD students.


  1. Expression of Interest statement (500 words max). This statement should include:
    • a short description of your planned PhD project;
    • brief overview of your background (be it academic, professional, or both) relevant to this project;
    • reasons for your interest in CPC and the Centre’s suitability as your academic home;
    • possible supervisory team of 1-3 academics (see the CPC website and individual staff profiles for details of our research). Projects which include supervisors from CPC and other Research Centres at Coventry or other M4C consortium partner institutions are welcome. The most appropriate supervisory team will be identified together with applicants selected in the EOI process at a later stage. But in this initial document we would, nevertheless, like you to indicate with whom you might be interested in working and explain their suitability as your supervisors.
  2. short CV (1-2 pages only)

Please note that this call is for Expressions of Interest only and does not constitute a formal application to study at Coventry or a funding application to M4C. Applications submitted in this initial stage of the PhD selection process will be assessed in terms of their suitability as a Centre for Postdigital Cultures PhD project.

Those successful in the Expression of Interest stage, will be invited to apply to Cocpcventry and M4C and will be mentored throughout the process. Students will be offered extensive support developing their PhD project and their PhD funding application (this might include feedback on the funding application, the selection of referees, or the identification of the most appropriate supervisory team, but the nature of the support will be determined on the case by case basis and will be informed by each candidate’s individual needs). As such, applicants selected during the Expression of Interest stage will be expected to work with the CPC team on developing their PhD application between September 2019 and February 2020

Students successful in the Expression of Interest stage, will also be considered for other PhD opportunities at the CPC, as and when these become available.