Funded PhD: SGSAH ARCS Recruitment Advert

University of Aberdeen

Funded PhD: SGSAH ARCS Recruitment Advert


We are recruiting for a 3.5-year fully funded collaborative PhD position at Queen Margaret University (Edinburgh) and University of Aberdeen, collaborating with Imaginate, the national organisation that promotes, develops and celebrates theatre and dance for children and young people in Scotland. Imaginate also produces the Edinburgh International Children’s Festival each year.


Please note, this scholarship is only available for Aberdeen campus students.

The Scottish Graduate School of Arts & Humanities (SGSAH)’s Applied Research Collaborative Studentships (ARCS) fund doctoral research projects that are developed in collaboration with external organisations across the creative sectors in Scotland. The projects are designed and supervised by at least two higher education institutions (HEIs) and at least one other partner. Additionally, ARCS provide opportunities for doctoral students to gain first-hand professional experience outside the university environment. The support provided by both an HEI and non-HEI supervisor enhances the training a research student gains during the course of their award, as well as employment-focused skills.

We are recruiting for a PhD candidate as part of this scheme to be supervised by Prof. Rebecca Finkel at Queen Margaret University, Prof. Eleanora Belfiore at University of Aberdeen, and Fiona Ferguson, Creative Development Director at Imaginate. Imaginate is exploring how the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) can be integrated into organisational strategy and practice.

This project focuses on the incorporation of the UNCRC and how its principles can expand Imaginate’s relationship and work with children and young people. This research project examines Imaginate as a site of change, producing a methodological model setting out key steps, indicators, successes, and challenges to the incorporation of the UNCRC within Imaginate’s core work. As an outcome of the project, this model will be platformed and shared across the cultural sector and beyond. The main research question: How does putting children’s rights at the heart of cultural policy and practice have an impact on an arts organisation in terms of organisational structures, process, and working practices?

Along with supervision expertise, skills training and scholarly support from the Graduate Schools at both Queen Margaret University and University of Aberdeen, the PhD candidate will be provided with desk space in Imaginate’s office to use as a base for the duration of their research. Imaginate staff will support and advise them around engaging with partner schools and community organisations, and the candidate will have access to Imaginate resources and the opportunity to meet regularly with staff.


  • A good bachelor’s degree (2.1 or above, or international equivalent) and a master’s degree in a relevant subject (Events/Festival Management, Cultural studies, Creative Industries or related subject)
  • Experience with and interest in research methodologies and methods in arts and cultural sectors
  • Proficiency in English (both oral and written an IELTS test may be required for International applicants)

Application Procedure

Applicants should apply via Queen Margaret University’s admissions portal

An overview of the PhD course is provided via the PhD course page.

The deadline is 19 June 2023 at 12 noon


19th of June 2023

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