Seán Ó Riada PhD Scholarship (Music and Theatre)

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School of Music and Theatre University College Cork
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University College Cork
(National University of Ireland, Cork)
College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

Seán Ó Riada PhD Scholarship (Music and Theatre)
The Seán Ó Riada PhD Scholarship provides support for a three-year practice-based PhD in music composition for theatre, co-funded by the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences of University College Cork, and Cork Opera House. Based in the School of Music and Theatre, University College Cork, the PhD will be co-supervised by internationally renowned specialists in theatre-music composition and theatre making.
The PhD study will focus on the collaborative practice of composing music for theatre and
the relationship between music/sound and theatre making. The practice dimension of the
project will be supported by Cork Opera House. Projected outputs of the PhD include a
substantial portfolio of composed music and an extensive critical commentary. Compositions may be presented in a range of forms, including some, or all, of the following: live performances, audio-visual recording, and music scores.
The successful candidate will demonstrate proven ability as a theatre composer in one, or
more, of the following areas of practice: experimental theatre; site-specific theatre;
installation and/or intermedia projects; traditional proscenium arch and black box
Candidates are asked to submit a CV, a portfolio of compositions, a 250-word abstract and a 1000-word proposal outlining their engagement with the primary aims of the project. Please see the guidelines for preparation of portfolio and proposal, below.
One scholarship will be awarded, to the value of €15,000 per year for three years, with a
proposed registration for the PhD in July 2012. Please note that the annual PhD fee of
approximately €5,770 (EU rate) will be automatically deducted from the total value of the
scholarship. In the event that the scholarship is awarded to a non-EU candidate, the fee
payable will be at the EU rate of approximately €5,770.
Applications are invited from candidates with academic qualifications appropriate for entry
to doctoral-level research. The normal minimum criterion for entry into a PhD programme at
UCC is a masters degree in a relevant specialism. However, persons who do not yet hold a
masters degree but who have relevant experience and have obtained a primary degree in a
relevant area of studies at First-Class Honours or the upper division of Second-Class
Honours are also encouraged to apply. The person awarded the scholarship will be
registered in the first instance on a PhD track (i.e. provisional registration for PhD). Within
12 or 18 months of beginning the research, the scholarship holder will undergo a progress
review and may then, on the recommendation of the Head of School and the candidate's cosupervisors and with the approval of the College, transfer to PhD registration.

Closing date for applications: Friday 1 June 2012.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Mel Mercier ( or to Dr Roisin
O'Gorman (Drama and Theatre Studies,

Applications should be submitted by post to Carmel Daly, School of Music and Theatre,
University College Cork, Ireland (please note that posted materials will not be returned).
Applications may also be submitted by email to either Dr Mercier or Dr O'Gorman if the
portfolio materials are made available online. Please note that award of this scholarship will
be made subject to the recipient being accepted into a UCC PhD programme through the
Postgraduate Application Centre (PAC). There is a separate application process for the PhD
programme itself and this should only be made once notification of the scholarship award
has been received.

Application Guidelines
Your portfolio should contain three relevant compositions demonstrating a range of
technical abilities and compositional approaches. The compositions may be submitted on CD
or DVD in any common format (such as .aiff/.wav audio files, QuickTime video etc.), and/or
as a musical score (using conventional and/or unconventional notation).

Your proposal should outline what you want to research, why you want to pursue the
research, how you propose to carry out the research, and your understanding of related
research in the field. Note that the word 'research' in this context pertains to both the practice
and text-based aspects of this degree.
Your proposal should present a compelling argument by outlining the following:
your central research concerns/questions in relation to the field;
your methods, approaches, strategies, action plans, timelines (as appropriate);
your skills and experience in relation to your proposed research;
your expected results.
You should also include a list of works cited/bibliography.
Maximum word count: 1,000 words, excluding bibliography.

School of Music and Theatre
University College Cork
20 April 2012