Scholarship: 2019/20 Clara Whittaker, Newcastle University

2019/20 Clara Whittaker PhD Scholarship at the International Centre for Music Studies, Newcastle University (full fees scholarship for PhD Research programmes)

Newcastle University is pleased to invite applications for a fees-only Clara Whittaker PhD Scholarship based in the International Centre for Music Studies (ICMuS), Newcastle University.

As one of the UK’s larger music departments, ICMuS at Newcastle University sustains a distinctive and plural research culture. We are seeking candidates of the highest calibre in any of our areas of research strength, which include:

* Early music
* Ethnomusicology and world musics
* Folk and traditional musics
* Popular music studies
* Music of the 20th and 21st centuries
* Critical and cultural musicology
* Music and cultural policy
* Music theory and analysis
* Composition – score or studio based
* Performance, Improvisation, and other forms of interdisciplinary creative practice

Please see individual staff profiles for possible supervisors at; our website for further information on our research can be found at

The scholarship covers all fees at the Home rate for a student studying for a PhD in Music. If the scholarship is held by an overseas student, the holder will be responsible for paying the balance between the home/EU fees and the overseas fees rate.

September 2019 or January 2020. 3 years full time or 5–6 years part time.

12.00 noon on Friday 26 July 2019. We aim to notify applicants of the outcome by the end of August.

Eligibility Criteria
UK, EU and International students are eligible to apply.
You should hold, or expect to achieve, a Master's degree at Merit/Distinction level or international equivalent in music or a closely related discipline.
International students whose first language is not English need IELTS 6.5 overall (with 6.5 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in all other sub-skills) or equivalent.
We welcome applications from all sections of the community regardless of race, ethnicity, gender or sexuality, and wish to encourage applications from traditionally underrepresented groups in UK higher education.

How to apply
To be considered for a scholarship, you will need to apply for the PhD in Music if you have not already done so. You can apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system at

* In the Programme of Study section, you will need to insert the relevant course code: PhD 8825F (full-time) / 8827P (part-time)
* Select the programme of study.
* Insert the scholarship code mus03 in the studentship/partnership reference field.
* attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualification
* Provide two references (including predictions for the outcomes of degrees not yet completed).

Applicants must attach the following to their application:

* A research proposal of no more than 750 words for the major research project to be pursued during the Masters programme (this can be for musicological or practice-based research) outlining:
1) the research questions your project will address
2) the research context (i.e. current state of the research within the field or discipline)
3) the methods you plan to use to address the research questions.

* A personal statement of no more than 400 words outlining:
1) your preparedness to undertake the proposed research
2) how the proposed research will prepare you either for your future career or professional development
3) Why your research is particularly good fit at the International Centre for Music Studies.

If you have already applied for a place to study for a PhD in Music at Newcastle University starting in 2019/20 and wish to be considered for these studentships, you should email an updated version of your research proposal and personal statement to the Postgraduate Administrator (<>) by the application closing date.

Prof. David Clarke, Head of Postgraduate Studies for Music (<>).

Further information about this competition is available at the following link:
Postgraduate programmes in Music:
Staff Profiles:
Research at ICMuS: