PhD Studentship: Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) Studentship (Salary: £19,222)

Applications are invited for a fully funded collaborative PhD studentship (fees and maintenance at standard AHRC rates) starting 1 October 2023 at the University of Stirling, in collaboration with the National Mining Museum Scotland. This project focuses on how coal shortages and high energy prices were discussed in the newspaper and periodical press, considering the 1872-3, 1900 and 1921 ‘coal famines’ as core case studies, and reflecting more widely on journalistic representation of energy crisis from the mid-Victorian period to the twenty-first century. It will particularly investigate the historic representation of fuel poverty, and the ways in which consumer suffering was deployed both for charitable ends, and in relation to assigning blame. The project includes an internship at the National Mining Museum, which will especially focus on a collection of items relating to domestic coal use.

PhD Studentship: Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) Studentship
PhD Studentship: Scottish Graduate School for the Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) Collaborative Doctoral Award (CDA) Studentship

This is an interdisciplinary project led by Dr. Steven Harkins in Journalism (Division of Culture, Media and Communications), with academic co-supervision by Prof Kirstie Blair (Division of Literature and Languages) and Dr. Catherine Mills (Division of History, Heritage and Politics). The museum co-supervisor will be Ms Nicola Moss, Curator. It is suitable for students with backgrounds in media and journalism studies, history and heritage, or literature, especially those with interests in industrial heritage and working-class culture. The student will be able to take advantage of the opportunities offered by SGSAH: as well as belonging to an active cohort of PhD students in the Arts & Humanities at Stirling.

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The award is available on a full-time basis for a period of 3 years and 6 months, from 1 October 2023 until 31 March 2027. It includes an annual stipend of £19,222, which includes a CDA allowance of £600 towards travel costs to the partner organisation. The successful applicant may also apply for additional funding directly from SGSAH to attend conferences and undertake additional skills development.

The award pays tuition fees up to the value of the full-time home UKRI rate for PhD degrees. Fee waivers may be available for international students and will be confirmed at the point of award.


This studentship is open to both Home and International applicants.

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Further guidance can be found here

If you have a disability you may be entitled to a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) on top of your studentship. You can read more about DSA here

  • Applicants should have an excellent academic record at undergraduate level. They should have or expect to receive a relevant Master’s-level qualification or be able to demonstrate equivalent experience in a professional setting and meet the PhD English Language entry requirement (if applicable).
  • Applicants must be able to demonstrate an interest in Scotland’s education sector and potential and enthusiasm for developing skills more widely in related areas.
  • As the holder of a collaborative award, the student will be expected to spend time at both University of Stirling and SCILT.
  1. All applicants must meet UKRI terms and conditions for funding. See here

How to apply

Applicants should have a strong academic record consistent with SGSAH’s expectations for funding, including excellent results in an undergraduate and Masters degree in any related subject area (normally, a First Class undergraduate degree and/or Distinction at Masters or equivalent).

To apply

Please send the documents below in a word or PDF format to Dr. Harkins via email ( by 12:00 pm on Friday 2nd June.                                                          

  • A brief (1-2 page) CV.
  • A 1 page cover letter outlining why they are interested in the project.
  • A 2000 word writing sample (e.g. an extract from a Masters dissertation or essay)

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an informal interview on 9th June. Enquiries about this studentship are welcome and should be directed to Dr Harkins.

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