Guildford School of Acting doctoral studentships 2023

Applications are invited for PhD projects that address the Guildford School of Acting’s (GSA) research in the past, present and future of performance, in history and contemporary culture. Our research includes Shakespeare, theatre history, dramaturgy, actor training, musical theatre, pedagogy, applied theatre, and mental health and disability arts. It is underpinned by the School’s commitment to fostering equality, diversity and inclusion in training, the acting profession, and beyond.

Start date

1 October 2023


36 months

Application deadline

Funding source

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Funding information

Studentships will cover, for three years or pro-rata part-time: full fees (at home or international rate), an annual stipend (c.£16,000), and a training grant for research and development expenses. 


For this studentship, we are particularly interested in the following key areas:

  • Diversity and performance
  • Actor training
  • Applied theatre
  • Contemporary Shakespeare.

Eligibility criteria

Open to any UK or international candidates.

View the entry requirements for this course.

How to apply

Apply to the Theatre PhD programme.

The funding application form (docx) should be completed electronically and returned to Robert Shaughnessy ( The deadline for applications is 9 December 2022. Late applications will not be accepted. Applicants will also need to apply to the University of Surrey through the PhD programme page, clearly stating that you are applying for the Guildford School of Acting doctoral studentships 2023.

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Application deadline

Contact details

Robert Shaughnessy
21 GSA 00
Telephone: +44 (0)1483 688859

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