Provost’s Research Studentships in the Humanities

The Department is pleased to announce that it can award one of six Provost’s Research Studentships in the Humanities for the academic year 2013-14. The scheme is designed to create intellectual vitality and renewal throughout arts and humanities departments at UCL by attracting outstanding PhD students and to provide them with teaching experience, a valuable part of their development and preparation for an academic career.

The Award

The studentship is worth £5,000 per year, must be held full-time and will last for three years (or, in the case of current students, one or two years as appropriate given their registration date). Holders of the scholarship will be asked to undertake teaching duties not exceeding 60 contact hours or 180 total hours per year, including preparation and marking time. The Department envisages that this work, which will not normally be offered to the student in the first year of their PhD research, will consist of two 0.5 CU first-year undergraduate courses, one in the autumn term and the other in the spring term. Scholarship holders will receive further payment for these teaching duties. Successful candidates are also expected to play a full part in the Department’s activities.


The competition is open to new Home/EU/Overseas students holding an offer to commence a research degree in the Department or current students in their first year of study (full-time equivalent) except those with Home AHRC or equivalent full funding.


The studentship will be awarded on the basis of

a) An outstanding PhD proposal

b) Evidence of an aptitude for and commitment to teaching in the Humanities as a career


Students wishing to be considered for the studentship should submit hard copies of the following materials in triplicate:

a) A copy of their research proposal

b) A statement (max. 250 words) on their commitment to teaching as a career

c) A letter of reference addressing the candidate’s aptitude for and/or commitment to teaching in the Humanities (this may come from a current supervisor, prospective supervisor or previous tutor/employer)

d) Sample teaching material consisting of the following:

1) A course outline for a ten-week, gallery-based, period-specific, first-year Art in London course including weekly (largely site-based) topics, a brief (one- or two-sentence) statement of content and suggested readings for each topic

2) A schema for a one-hour first-year lecture based on the candidate’s research. The schema should consist of keywords and a print-out of a power-point lecture

Queries regarding teaching material can be directed to the Teaching Assistant and Teaching Fellow Coordinator, Diana Dethloff


Application materials should be submitted in triplicate by 5.00 p.m. on Friday 24 May 2013. Applications received after this deadline cannot be considered. Results of the competition will be announced as soon as possible after this date.