DAH Scholarships Announced!

PhD in Digital Arts & Humanities

Call for Applications

NUI Galway invites applications for four-year scholarships in the Digital Arts & Humanities structured PhD programme, to commence in September 2014. The scholarships are offered as follows:

(i) individual application to the DAH programme,
(ii) application to the ERC-funded project, RECIRC: The Reception and Circulation of Early Modern Women's Writing, 1550-1700,
(iii) application to carry out research on the Abbey Theatre Digital Archive.

The closing date for applications to (i) and (ii) is 5pm on Friday 30 May 2014. The closing date for applications to (iii) is 5pm on Friday 16 May 2014.


Digital Arts & Humanities (DAH) is a full-time four-year interdisciplinary structured PhD programme funded by the Higher Education Authority under its Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions, Cycle 5. The PhD programme is co-ordinated with an all-Irish university consortium between NUI Galway; Trinity College Dublin; University College Cork; and NUI Maynooth, and includes additional teaching contributions by Queen's University Belfast; University of Ulster; the Royal Irish Academy; and by our industrial partners, Google, IBM, and Intel.

What is DAH?

DAH is a field of study and research at the intersection of computing, creativity and information management with the arts and humanities. The programme at NUI Galway, established in 2011, is designed to enable students to carry out research in this area at the highest level using new media and digital technologies.
The DAH Structured PhD programme provides the research platform, structures, partnerships and innovation models for fourth-level researchers to engage with a wide range of stakeholders in order to contribute to the developing digital arts and humanities community world-wide. It includes both practice-based research in digital art and media and the use of digital tools in the scholarly analysis of cultural texts.

For the student, DAH will:
- promote advanced practical and academic research in applying innovative models of arts practice and theory, humanities research, archiving, and pedagogy,
- provide coherent exposure to transferable skills in digital content creation that will be academically and professionally beneficial,
- work with industry partners and cultural institutions to ensure knowledge exchange and career development.
Programme Structure

Candidates enter the programme via the HUMANITIES or the ARTS strands (in the Moore Institute or Huston School respectively). In each strand, students complete core, training, and career development modules, including main modules taught both at NUI Galway and via video-conferencing with partner institutions. The overall aim of the taught modules is threefold: 1) to introduce students to the history and theoretical issues in digital arts/humanities; 2) to provide the skills needed to apply advanced computational and information management paradigms to humanities/arts research; 3) to create an enabling framework for students to develop generic and transferable skills to complete the required work for the award of the PhD.

Year 1 Includes core and optional graduate education modules delivered from Dublin, Cork, Galway, and Maynooth. These modules provide a grounding in essential research skills and transferable skills together with access to specialist topics.
Years 2-3 Work on PhD research projects is supplemented with access to elective modules.
Year 3 Includes practical placements in industry/academic research environments/cultural institutions.
Year 4 Dedicated to completion of PhD.

(i) Individual Application to the DAH programme

Application Process
NUI Galway invites applications for four-year scholarships for the DAH programme; scholarships are valued at €16k plus fees per annum. Entrants will be expected to have a first-class or upper second-class honours degree within a relevant discipline. Applicants proposing practice-based research should provide evidence of their work in the relevant area of practice.
Candidates who have applied previously to the DAH programme may apply for this scholarship only with a new proposal.

Digital Humanities (offered by the Moore Institute)

Applications are invited in the area of Digital Humanities research. Proposals should include a strong digital component, either as a core method of research and dissemination, or as a subject of research in itself.
For further information on Digital Humanities please contact Professor Daniel Carey (daniel.carey@nuigalway.ie) or Dr. Justin Tonra (justin.tonra@nuigalway.ie) at the Moore Institute (http://mooreinstitute.ie/)

Digital Arts (offered by the Huston School of Film & Digital Media)

Applications are invited in the area of: Digital media practice-based research. Proposals may examine questions such as artistic practice informed by digital media; the intersection between artistic creativity and technological innovation; the impact of the digital on the form, structure and function of narrative. Proposals for practice-based doctorates are welcome as well as traditional academic formats.
For further information on Digital Arts please contact Prof. Rod Stoneman (rod.stoneman@nuigalway.ie) at the Huston School (http://filmschool.ie/).

Application should be made online at the Postgraduate Application Centre: www.pac.ie/nuig - PAC code: GYG38. Two samples of academic writing (e.g. a recent BA or MA course essay) and a 1500-word research proposal should also be submitted through PAC. The proposal must be structured under the following headings:

1. Description of proposed research (800 words)
This section should describe clearly the subject and scope of your research, and the proposed outcomes in terms of the creation of new resources, tools, knowledge transfer, etc. You should indicate the critical problems or questions you propose to address in the thesis component of your PhD, as well as any digital outputs that may arise from your work.

2. Context (350 words)
This section should describe, as far as you can tell, the extent of the existing academic and digital work in your area of interest. You should be able to explain how your research will challenge or extend this existing situation.

3. Methodology (250 words)
Here you should describe the specific methodologies and technologies you expect to employ.

4. Sources and Archives (100 words)
Give a preliminary indication of the primary and secondary material you expect to work with.

5. Evidence of previous achievements in digital media or art practice (for practice-based PhD applicants only).
Closing Date for Applications is 5pm on Friday 30 May 2014.

(ii) Application to the ERC-funded project, RECIRC: The Reception and Circulation of Early Modern Women's Writing, 1550-1700.

Applications are sought for two PhD Scholarships affiliated with the ERC-funded project, RECIRC: The Reception and Circulation of Early Modern Women's Writing, 1550-1700, at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
PhD Scholarship 1: The Reception and Circulation of Early Modern Women's Writing, 1550-1700 may be focused on any of the project's central areas of enquiry. The successful applicant will normally have achieved a Master's degree in English literature or a relevant subject. The PhD Scholar will be supervised by Dr. Marie-Louise Coolahan (English) at NUI Galway. The Scholar may join the DAH if their proposal is an appropriate fit for the programme.
PhD Scholarship 2: Natural Language Processing for Reception Research will focus on Natural Language Processing methods for the purposes of harvesting quantitative data of use to reception research; specifically, data relating to how women's writing was read in the early modern period, sourced from secondary literature. For this position, we are seeking applicants with a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Computer Science or Information Technology, and with an interest in Digital Humanities. This PhD Scholar will be co-supervised by Dr. Marie-Louise Coolahan (English) and Dr. Paul Buitelaar (DERI/INSIGHT) at NUI Galway. As well as joining the RECIRC research team, s/he will be part of the Digital Arts & Humanities (DAH) programme at NUI Galway.

Scholarships are valued at €16,000, plus fees, per year for four years. Both scholarships will commence in September 2014.

Closing Date for Applications is 5pm on Friday 30 May 2014. For information on the application process, and for further details on both these scholarships see: http://www.nuigalway.ie/english/recirc_phd_scholarship.html

(iii) Application to carry out research on the Abbey Theatre Digital Archive

The Abbey Theatre Digital Archive is the world's biggest theatre-related digital archive, running to over one million items. It features annotated scripts, promptbooks, video recordings of productions, costume and set designs, photographs, administrative records, minute books, correspondence and a variety of other related theatrical material. It features material relating to countless major Irish writers, including W.B. Yeats, J.M. Synge, Brian Friel, Tom Murphy, Marina Carr, and others - and also includes material about major actors, directors, designers, and so on. See here for more information: http://www.nuigalway.ie/abbey-digital-archive-partnership/.
The PhD Scholars will be supervised by staff in Drama, Theatre and Performance at NUI Galway (www.nuigalway.ie/drama/ for more details). They will be based at the Moore Institute, and PhD Scholars will be part of the Digital Arts & Humanities (DAH) programme at NUI Galway. The DAH is a full-time interdisciplinary structured PhD programme drawing on the strengths of a consortium of Irish universities committed to digital scholarship and practice.
Scholarships are valued at €16,000, plus fees, per year for four years. Both scholarships will commence in September 2014.

Closing Date for Applications is 5pm on Friday 16 May 2014. For further information about application procedures see www.nuigalway.ie/drama/ or email patrick.lonergan@nuigalway.ie.