PhD Fellowships at NUI Galway

NUI Galway is now accepting applications for the Hardiman PhD fellowship scheme. The scheme provides funding of €16,000 p.a. for four years in support of PhD research.

I am writing to ask colleagues to please convey this information to any students who might be interested in completing PhD research on Drama and Theatre Studies at Galway.

NUI Galway holds the digital archive of the Abbey Theatre, providing access to hundreds of videos and thousands of scripts, as well as images, designs, correspondence and much more. This includes original material relating to such Irish dramatists as Yeats, Synge, Gregory, O’Casey, Friel, Deevy, Carr, Murphy, McPherson, and many others. The Hardiman library also hosts the archives of Druid Theatre, Thomas Kilroy, the Lyric Players Theatre, Siobhan McKenna, and more.

The university also has a growing expertise in the supervision of practice-based PhDs across the creative arts.

Current PhD research in Drama and Theatre at NUI Galway includes projects on Enda Walsh, Irish amateur theatre, Shakespearean production in Ireland, the relationship between verbatim theatre and oral history, dance and disability, theatre and interculturalism, the performance of gender in Ireland, gaming and performance, directing G.B. Shaw, site-specific theatre in Ireland and the UK, the Gate Theatre, ecocriticism and Irish theatre, and more.

PhD students also have access to a wide variety of classes and workshops, including those organised through our partnership with Druid Theatre (such as a 7-week masterclass in directing with Garry Hynes).

Supervisors working in the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance include Miriam Haughton, Patrick Lonergan, Charlotte McIvor, and Ian R. Walsh.

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