Applied Arts and Crafts Doctoral Studentships, University of Sunderland

Information for Applicants

The successful candidate will join a unique Glass and Ceramics department, which is the largest in Europe and based in the National Glass Centre, Sunderland. We have world-leading and internationally significant practice-led research outputs in glass and ceramics and a lively cohort of c30 PhD students from the UK and abroad. We welcome glass and/or ceramic research proposals in practice and/or theory. Our supervisors are very experienced and all leading professionals in the field. The department works comfortably across a span of fine art, crafts, design, material technology, and historical research. We offer excellent facilities for glass and ceramics and you will work in a supportive creative community and be encouraged to become nationally, even internationally, networked during your time on the course.

The application form D3 should include a two page research proposal, covering the following areas:

  • Key issues, areas and questions of your research
  • How your proposed work relates to your previous experience and career aims
  • Methods and critical approaches
  • Timescales and structure
  • A consideration of your resource requirements (including subject specific training, travel, technical workshop, archival, library or other)


Applicants who have already started a doctoral research project and those wishing to check their eligibility with regards to nationality, residency etc. should refer to the AHRC Guide to Student Funding. (PDF)

Applications must be made on Application Form D3 and emailed to by 12 noon, Monday 29 April 2013. Applications received after this date and time will be kept on file as reserves. If you wish to apply for more than one of the opportunities advertised on this website, please submit each relevant form. Northumbria and Sunderland Universities will take an overview of all applications received for these joint AHRC Block Grant Partnership studentships, when shortlisting. Interviews will be held during the week beginning 13 May 2013. Applicants are expected to attend interview in person.

How your proposal will be assessed

We will look to support high quality applications from well-prepared applicants. We will take into account your previous academic performance and/or professional experience in Fine Art or cognate disciplines and we will consider our capacity to match your proposed project with a suitable supervisory group.

Your outline proposal should be clear and coherent, evidencing intellectual or professional objectives; the potential to contribute to knowledge; how your research/professional goals fit with our programme, research training provision and strategic priorities.


Prospective students can informally discuss research proposals in advance of application with: Professor Kevin Petrie, Tel: 0191 515 3610, email or Dr Andrew Livingstone, Tel: 0191 515 3241, email