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Fully-Funded PhDs at DMU's Cinema and Television History Institute

13.02.2020 20:57 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

De Montfort University

De Montfort University (DMU) is offering fully-funded 3-year PhD scholarships (pro rata for part-time study), for Home and International students with a stipend of £15,009 per annum. The scholarships take effect from 1 October 2020. DEADLINE for applications: 9 March 2020.

Initial applications should be made via this link:

and must include:

1. A CV attachment.

2. Details of the proposed research project and how it maps onto DMU areas of research excellence (see below).

3. Name of a potential De Montfort University supervisor (please indicate if contact has been made).

DMU’s Cinema and Television History Research Institute (CATHI) is a centre of excellence in archival screen heritage. It specialises in evidence-based and oral history methods to inform ground-breaking interdisciplinary research and RCUK-funded international collaborations  CATHI is home to the cross-faculty Centre for Adaptations (with the Andrew Davies Archive ) and houses a growing number of other unique collections including the*Hammer Films Archive, the Sir Norman Wisdom Collection, the Palace Pictures and Scala Productions Archive, the Cinema Museum’s Indian Cinemas Archive,**the Zee TV (UK) Collection and the Peter Whitehead Archive . We host the annual UK Asian Film Festival, the BFI British Silent Film Festival and the post-graduate conference CATHICon, and promote practice-based research via the DocHub@DMU. CATHI invites applications from well-qualified students whose research interests connect with our expertise in:

  • Women’s film and television history
  • British Cinema and Film Culture
  • Italian Cinema
  • Transnational Cinema
  • Silent Cinema
  • Cult Cinema
  • Bollywood and Independent Indian Cinema
  • Transmedia Adaptations
  • Heritage Cinema Culture and Period Television Drama
  • Film Ephemera and Material Culture
  • Audiences, Reception Studies and Memories of Cinemagoing
  • Film Fandom, Fanworks and Social Media
  • Film exhibition and Cinema History
  • Film Festivals
  • Documentary theory and practice
  • Screen performance and star studies
  • 1960s and the counterculture

We especially welcome proposals on the following archival projects:

1. Leicester’s Phoenix Art Centre: regional arts provision since the 1960s. An interdisciplinary PhD embracing theatre, music, performance, film and community arts.

2. Andrew Davies: Adapting the Classics

3. Palace Pictures: Independence and Innovation

4. Indian Cinema’s Diaspora and Distribution

For informal enquiries and advice on developing proposals please contact: Professor Justin Smith (



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