PhD Scholarship at Queen’s University Belfast: ‘Dance and Maternal Health: an investigation into collaborations between artists and maternity health services’

Applications are open for a DfE funded scholarship for a PhD researcher to contribute through their work to the ongoing Dance and the Maternal project led by Dr Aoife McGrath at Queen’s University Belfast.

The candidate would join a multidisciplinary, collaborative team of researchers who are investigating ways in which dance practice and performance can communicate often untold experiences of the maternal, and how knowledge gained through collaborations between dance, film and social science researchers might be applied in the context of maternity care.

The successful candidate would contribute an investigation into arts-based interventions and programmes in maternal health services. They would engage with the following enquiries and activities:

–        Conduct a review of existing research related to arts-based interventions or schemes in maternity care settings (e.g. “artist in residence” schemes in maternity hospitals);

–        And/or conduct a review of mixed-methodologies research projects in arts and health that involve dance practice;

–        Provide focussed case-studies of existing programmes or projects that include interviews with key artists, participants, and stakeholders in maternal health, and a survey of activities;

–        Develop recommendations for best practice in collaborations between dance/performing arts and maternity health services.

The ideal candidate would have a background in creative arts and social sciences and would be keen to develop both scholarly and applied outputs from this engaged project. They would join a growing cohort of PhD researchers working on interdisciplinary Dance projects at QUB, and would benefit from the excellent doctoral training programmes and research development support offered by the QUB Graduate School.

This project will be co-supervised by:

Dr Aoife McGrath, 1st supervisor, Senior Lecturer in Drama, School of Arts English and Languages

Dr Jennifer Hanratty, 2nd supervisor, Research Fellow at CESI, School of Psychology

To apply, please send a CV and a short statement of interest (max. 1 A4 page) that connects your previous research experience and interests with the proposed research project by August 17th 2020  to:

The award will support a UK or EU student (who meets DfE residency requirements) for three years, covering fees and (for those eligible) a stipend. The following link provides information on the eligibility requirements for DfE awards as well as information on the value of the award to the postgraduate research student:

Please note that this award is open only to UK/EU students, and if an EU candidate is successful they will receive a fees-only award.