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AHRC/CHASE Collaborative Doctoral Award: Dissent Interventions: Artists' Films and Videos commissioned by Channel 4, 1982-1992

LUX and Birkbeck, University of London, invite applications for a three-year, full-time Collaborative Doctoral Award, with a practice-based PhD working with LUX’s collection of 350+ artists' films and videos commissioned by Channel 4 between 1982-1992.

This practice-driven project will work closely with an under-researched collection of artists’ films and videos, charting the role of Channel 4 in sponsoring the experimental in television as the public service broadcaster reaches its fortieth anniversary. This project offers a unique opportunity to work with leading experts and TV scholars, with the aim of writing a new TV historiography delivered through curatorial practice (screenings, discussion events, touring exhibition).

The project will provide the successful applicant with extensive archival and research skills training, expert supervision, privileged access to the collection, and experience of working directly inside an arts organisation like LUX.

Advice for applicants

Project details


  • Lead supervisorDr Janet McCabe - Birkbeck, University of London.
  • Secondary supervisorDr Eleni Liarou - Birkbeck, University of London.
  • Collaborative partner: Benjamin Cook, Director of LUX 

Value and length of funding

  • The AHRC stipend for the academic year 2022-23 will be £18,612 (which includes London weighting). This includes enhanced stipend to cover additional travel costs relating to the project. Please note: this funding amount typically increases with inflation each academic year. 
  • The award will cover UK or international fees.
  • The studentship is subject to UKRI eligibility criteria and will cover home or EU fees and stipend at UKRI rates for a maximum of four years full-time, or seven years part-time study, subject to institutional regulations.


  • Applications are encouraged from under-represented groups, including people with disabilities, ethnic minorities, lower income families and mature students. Applicants from non-traditional educational backgrounds, such as those with work experience within the areas highlighted, will also be considered. 
  • If you have a disability, you may be entitled to a Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) on top of the studentship. DSA helps to cover the cost of any additional support that a person studying for a doctorate might need as a result of a disability, mental health problem or specific learning difficulty. The allowance covers: non-medical personal assistance, specialist equipment, extra travel costs and general expenses.
  • Essential skills/attributes
    • MA or equivalent (television studies, media/television histories/historiographies, or artists' film and experimental media)
    • experience of working with/researching an archival/library collection, including audiovisual materials 
    • experience with public engagement and/or knowledge exchange
  • Desirable skills/attributes
    • film programming and/or art curation
    • archival cataloguing 
    • working with databases

How to apply

  • All applications are made, via the Birkbeck application portal, to the MPhil/PhD Film and Screen Media course.
  • The application will prompt you to confirm details of any scholarships or grants (for your proposed study at Birkbeck). Please ensure you respond with: CHASE CDA BBK/LUX. If this section is not clearly marked, your application may not be picked up for assessment.
  • Supporting documents- We request the following documents from each applicant:
    • CV
    • Covering letter, including a statement concerning eligibility for this CDA
    • A research proposal up to 2,000 words. This should identify how your current academic/professional interests relate to the doctoral project, explaining your reasons for wishing to undertake this research. The research proposal should also indicate critical contexts for the project. It can also outline how you might wish to refine the project so as to meet specific research aims of your own.
    • The three documents above should be uploaded as one complete document titled ‘research proposal’.
    • Transcripts of relevant studies and, where appropriate, a letter from your course coordinator predicting the expected degree result (for those who still have to complete their current master's-level programme).
    • A sample of writing such as your MA dissertation, or similar.
  • References
    • Referees will be automatically prompted to upload their references when you submit your application.
    • Please note that all references must be uploaded by 12 noon, Monday 9 May 2022. We strongly encourage you to contact referees as early as possible to ensure they are prepared to upload their reference following submission of your application.
  • Only complete and timely applications received, with both references, can be considered.

Closing date for applications

  • Closing date for applications: Monday 2 May 2022, 12 noon.
  • Deadline for references: Monday 9 May 2022, 12 noon. 
  • Interview date: Tuesday 24 May 2022.

Further information

  • Informal enquiries about this collaborative project can be sent to .