University of York


Applications are invited for two funded PhD studentships at the University of York, available on a full-time basis to start in December 2021.


The successful candidates will be jointly supervised by Dr Gareth Millington (Department of Sociology) and either an academic from English and Related Literature or Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media.

University of York  Project details

The purpose of the two studentship is to explore representations, depictions and/or reconstructions of the twentieth-century black inner city in either (i) literary and (ii) cinematic sources. Applicants can choose which city/cities, author/s, filmmaker/s or genre/genres as their focus.

Drawing on a range of sociological, geographical, literary and film studies concepts and theories these theses will make an original contribution to the Archiving the Inner City: Race and Politics and Urban Memory project, led by Dr. Gareth Millington (more details available here:

Issues that might be addressed in the research proposal may include urban change, architecture, racism, resistance, politics, housing, gentrification and displacement, culture and creativity (such as music or art), black writers or filmmakers, cinematic urbanism, intersectional identities and belonging.

This, however, is not a guide as to what should be included. Original proposals will be prioritised.

University of York: Candidates should make it clear whether they wish to focus on either literary or cinematic portrayals.

The studentship would suit candidates who have studied social science or humanities at an undergraduate and/or postgraduate level and have an understanding and commitment to heoretically informed and critical approaches to urban studies and race.

This studentship provides a unique opportunity to help shape a major international research programme by conducting high profile research.

University of York  Funding

This studentship is open to all applicants on a full time-basis (3 years) and provides a tax-free stipend per annum in line with RCUK standard rates (£15,609) and tuition fees at the UK rate.

University of York Essential Requirements

Applicants need to hold at least an upper second class honours (2:1) degree (or equivalent) in a social science or humanities subject and a Masters level qualification in a relevant subject. Studentswhose first language is not English must have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 in each component and an overall score of at least 7.

We particularly encourage applications from Black, African, Caribbean, Black British and Mixed or Multiple Ethnic Group candidates, who are currently under-represented within the University of
York at this level.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Gareth Millington before applying (

University of York  Process for Application

Applications should be received no later than Monday 27th September before 16:00h UTC.

Applications will not be considered for the studentship after this date.

Applications should be made using the Department of Sociology on-line application process

Please read ‘How to apply’ tab before submitting your application. To apply you will need to provide a current CV, a sample of your written work and a brief 500 word summary of your proposed doctorate.

When completing the electronic form, applicants will need to state that they are applying for the advertised scholarship and include reference: [PHDGM] under the ‘How studies will be funded’

University of York  Shortlisting: Shortlisting will take place as soon as possible after the closing date and shortlisted applicants will be notified promptly.

University of York Interviews: Individuals with the strongest academic record, relevant experience, and research proposal will be shortlisted and invited to interview. Interviews will be conducted face-to-face or via
Zoom. The date for interviews will be Friday 15th October.

Start date: December 2021.

Informal enquiries

For informal enquiries please contact Dr. Gareth Millington

Department of Sociology

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The Department of Sociology ( was the top-rated UK Sociology department for research in both REF 2014 and RAE 2008, and is driven by excellence in both
research and teaching. We produce world-leading, transformative research that makes a difference both within and beyond the academy, and we organise our research into four clusters: Gender,
Sexuality and Inequalities; Language and Social Interaction; Culture, Values and Practices; and Science, Health and Technology. We deliver outstanding teaching and learning to our students at all
study levels in order to develop their sociological expertise and to equip them for employment. Our graduates take the skills, experiences and unique insights of York Sociology to forge successful
careers all over the world.

The University of York

The University of York is one of the foremost Universities in the UK and a member of the Russell Group of leading UK Universities. It has an outstanding record of research, teaching, and training
across a full range of disciplines. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, The University ranked 10th on the impact of our research and 14th overall. The University has a particular strength in
health-related research.

The main campus is a 200-acre landscaped park, with colleges and academic buildings within walking distance of each other. Proximity to the historic city of York makes the University a popular choice and provides a pleasant working environment. Transport connections to York are fast and effective.

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