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PhD Studentship: Contemporary Theatre Review Professional Development Award (in association with Taylor and Francis Publishers)

The Department of Drama at Queen Mary is seeking applications for a fully‑funded three-year PhD studentship that includes professional experience in scholarly publishing, in collaboration with Taylor and Francis publishing (deadline 6th June).

13 May 2014

The award includes a maintenance allowance at the research council rate of (£15,863 pa), as well as the payment of full fees. During their studentship, the holder of the award will serve as the Editorial Assistant for Contemporary Theatre Review, a leading international research journal in Theatre and Performance Studies. The journal is published by Taylor and Francis and its co-editors are based in the Department of Drama at Queen Mary. As an Editorial Assistant, the holder of the award will receive an additional supplement of £2,800 per year, on the basis of 6 hours per week for three years.

In addition to editorial work on the journal, the student will develop their own programme of research in Theatre and Performance Studies, under the supervision of Drama department staff. More information about research specialisms in the department can be found here:

Information on Contemporary Theatre Review can be found here:

In addition to doctoral supervision and research training, the successful candidate will gain valuable insight and experience in the preparation of research for peer review, editing and publication, and professional development. Training in all aspects of academic publishing, including production, editorial and administrative functions, will be provided under the guidance of the journal's editors Prof. Maria Delgado, Dr. Aoife Monks and Dr. Dominic Johnson. The responsibilities of the Editorial Assistant will include:

  • Working with the editorial team to plan and administer future issues of the journal.
  • Administering online submissions.
  • Maintaining an overview of submissions and, when appropriate, contributing to the journal’s strategic development.
  • Preparing contributions for publication. This includes checking and copy-editing manuscripts to ensure that they follow the contributors’ guidelines.
  • Liaising with the editors, contributors and production staff at Taylor & Francis over submitted articles, comments and proofs.
  • Preparing first drafts of publicity copy.
  • Liaising with Taylor & Francis over web-copy and ensuring that it is up to date.
  • Providing editorial support for on support .
  • Preparing images for submission.
  • Liaising with publishers over book reviews published by the journal.
  • Other tasks as may be appropriate.

Applicants should prepare a proposal for a programme of doctoral research according to the guidelines and information presented here:

As well as preparing a research statement, proposal, bibliography and timeline, applicants for this award should also include a statement (300 words max.) detailing their preparedness for an editorial position with Contemporary Theatre Review.

Application Deadline

The deadline for receipt of applications is 5pm, 6th June 2014.


It is anticipated that interviews will be held in the week of 16th June 2014.

The award will commence on 1st September 2014.

Any further questions about the application process or the PhD programme in Drama at QMUL should be directed to the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr Martin Welton:

Further questions about the Editorial Assistant role should be directed to the Associate Editor, Dr Dominic Johnson:



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