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University of Southampton PGR Scholarship Fund: NewScholars Route

Published: 3 December 2014

The Department of Music and the Web Science Institute invite applications from suitably qualified postgraduate students for projects that incorporate both musicological and Web Science approaches to their materials. The way we do research and how we disseminate it has been radically altered by the Web, and postgraduate researchers are entering an academic world entirely different from the one in which their supervisors were trained.

Web Science is a distinctive strength of the University of Southampton, providing innovative PGR training and a focus for multidisciplinary research in new areas.

Applicants should propose a standard research topic in music, but also reflect on how a Web Science approach could provide a new way of approaching or disseminating it. Examples might include:

  • Obtaining research data from Web sources, social media &ct
  • Novel performances or compositions mediated through the Web
  • Disseminating research findings in new forms or to new communities using Web resources

We encourage prospective candidates to contact us in advance of submitting their proposal to discuss their ideas: please send enquiries to Prof Laurie Stras ( and . Candidates will be selected by a joint panel from Music and Web Science, and supervision will include training in Web Science and support for research and dissemination.

The deadline for proposals to be eligible for funding from October 2015 entry is 28 January 2015. Proposals received after that date will be considered, but may not be eligible for funding.

The PGR Scholarship Fund

The University PGR Scholarship Fund is open to all students – from the UK or any country worldwide. Postgraduate research students recruited under the scheme will receive a centrally-funded scholarship of £7000 per year for three years, provided that they continue to progress well with their degrees. The scholarships can be combined with additional funding which may be available from other sources.

The University seeks the best students whatever their circumstances, and the scheme is designed to be flexible for part-time students. The amount of funding can be reduced pro-rata and the time over which the award is given can be increased pro-rata, so that the total funding of £21,000 is available over the equivalent of three full-time years of study.

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