Funded PhD Opportunity, Ulster University & Irish Museums Association

22 Nov 2019

The Irish Museums Association and Ulster University are delighted to announce that their project ‘The EU and the museum: an investigation of cross-border museum projects in Ireland’ has been deemed eligible for a Collaborative Doctoral Award with the Northern Bridge Consortium, a Doctoral Training Partnership (NBCDTP) funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Applicants are invited to submit an expression of interest to the supervisor and the local NBCDTP administrator by the 6 January 2020. To discuss your interest, please contact Professor Elizabeth Crooke:

The Irish Museums Association and Ulster University, in the course of their ongoing research partnership exploring the impact of Brexit on the Irish museum sector (funded by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht’s Cooperation with Northern Ireland Scheme 2017 and 2019), uncovered a wealth of EU driven cross-border museum projects focusing on exploring histories, identities and cultural expressions. Yet the processes, character, rationale and legacy of these projects, which have shaped creativity and impacted audiences on both sides of the border and stimulated new thinking about museum purposes, have not been fully investigated.

The EU and the museum: an investigation of cross-border museum projects in Ireland aims to significantly advance our understanding of the social and political dimensions of cultural policy and practice in a cross-border context. It will allow us to gain new insight into how EU cultural and peace building strategies have impacted museum practice, shaping workforce skills, project development and audience engagement in the museum sector and will look to the future at how the best of such projects can be nurtured so that museums can continue to deepen and sustain cross-border creativity.

Full project details can be found at this link :

For entry in October 2020, this PhD research project will be led by first supervisor Professor Elizabeth Crooke (Museum and Heritage Studies, Ulster University) and second supervisor Dr Philip McDermott (Applied Social and Policy Sciences, Ulster University), with external advisor Gina O’Kelly representing the non-HE organisation, Irish Museums Association.

The successful candidate will be provided a comprehensive and attractive package of financial support over the duration of study of up to three and a half years , which includes payment of tuition fees and a maintenance allowance of £15,009 per annum for three years. (Note that applicants must be United Kingdom citizens or residents of another European Union country. European Union applicants who have not been resident in the UK for the three years prior to the start of their studentship are currently eligible for a fees-only award. )

How to Apply to the Competition

Full details about the competition, eligibility, application process and timeline are available on the NBCDTP website: and

and the Ulster University “Find a PhD“ website -

There are two stages to this process:

Stage 1 – Postgraduate Application (Online) by 4pm on Monday 13 January 2020. Applicants should make an online application to Ulster University at this link Applicants should insert NBC20 in response to the question “If you will be self-funded or are in receipt of a private scholarship then please provide further information here” on the Funding Details section of the online application.

Stage 2 - Student Nomination by 4pm on Monday 17 February 2020. Following an internal assessment School/Department-based selection panels then select their strongest nominee on the basis of the applicant’s qualifications, research proposal, relevant experience and references. That applicant will be asked to complete a Nomination Form, which must be submitted to Northern Bridge by the applicant’s School/Department. Nominations made after this date will not be considered.

Results will be announced to successful candidates on Wednesday 8 April 2020.