Postgraduate Scholarships and Loans

Eastern Academic Research Consortium (Eastern ARC Awards)

PhD Studentship (Digital Humanities)

The University of Kent is seeking at least one highly motivated and ambitious PhD candidate to apply to work within the field of Digital Humanities. The successful candidate(s) will join the exciting new research community of the Eastern Academic Research Consortium (EARC), which unites Kent with the Universities of East Anglia and Essex as a significant new force in research collaboration and training.

This studentship is available to UK, EU or overseas fee-paying applicants.

This opportunity is open to applications investigating any aspect of the digital humanities, broadly defined, but deploying substantial engagement with digital data or technologies. Applications in the area of Spatial Humanities and Heritage exploring any of the following topics are particularly encouraged:

  • Comparative (cross-cultural) analysis of urban space, including mapping and spatial analysis (eg Pre-Columbian Maya, Classical or Medieval Europe, the contemporary West, Global South)
  • Methods for studying past urban life and the materiality of ancient cities
  • Understanding urban landscapes and the built environment and/or their heritage
  • Computational enhancement of spatial humanities research questions, eg using innovative mappings or spatial data visualisations.

Applications will be evaluated principally on the basis of a compelling research proposal and the ability to develop the skills to execute digital work. The successful candidate(s) will work with academics at Kent as well as the network of academics and postgraduate researchers from across EARC. Provision will be made for the appointment of additional supervisors from Essex or East Anglia if appropriate and students can take advantage of research expertise and training offered across partner institutions. The candidate(s) will play a significant role in supporting the development of Digital Humanities across the EARC.

This fully funded PhD studentship/s offers tuition fees (Home, EU or Overseas), a stipend of £14,057 and a research training and mobility grant. The studentship holders will be located at the University of Kent within one of its Academic Schools in Humanities (including: Architecture, Arts, English, European Culture and Languages, History, Music & Fine Art), or in Social Sciences (eg in Anthropology and Conservation or Law) or in Science (eg in Engineering & Digital Arts or Computing). Kent has a vibrant interdisciplinary research culture with over 22 research centres operating in and across the Faculty of Humanities including the Centre for Heritage at Kent.

Applicants are encouraged to make contact with potential supervisors at the University of Kent to gauge the level of interest in and support for their topic and to help develop their proposal to fit the EARC brief.

Academic enquiries may be sent to Prof Paul Allain, Kent EARC Lead for Digital Humanities ( or Dr Benjamin Vis, Kent EARC Research Fellow for Digital Humanities (


  • Candidates must hold a good Honours degree (First or 2i) or a Master’s degree at merit or distinction in a relevant subject or equivalent.
  • The scholarship competition is open to all new postgraduate research applicants.
  • Current Kent research students are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • UK, EU and overseas fee paying students are invited to apply.


If you are interested in being considered for this studentship opportunity, please complete an online application for a research programme of study by 8 November 2015 and tick the box to confirm that you are interested in ‘Eastern ARC’ funding.

Project start date

The PhD project is expected to commence in January/February 2016.


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Last Updated: 16/10/2015